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Professor Damon A H Teagle MSc (Otago), PhD (Cantab)

Professor of Geochemistry

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Damon Teagle is Professor of Geochemistry in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton and Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

He held a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award from 2014 to 2018.

Current major roles:
Director – Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Chair of the NERC UK-IODP Programme Advisory Group (2013- )
Co-Lead PI ICDP Oman Drilling Project and Chair of the OmanDP Sample Allocation Committee

PhD – Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge “A study of hydrothermal alteration of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus” (1993).
MSc (with Distinction) – Geology, University of Otago “The structural controls of Gold Mineralisation in the Hyde-Macraes Shear-zone, East Otago, New Zealand” (1987).
BSc (Hons) – Geology, University of Otago, New Zealand (1985).

Director, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (2018-
Deputy Director (Research), Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (2013-2018)
Professor of Geochemistry, School of Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton (2007-)
Reader in Geochemistry and Mineralisation, University of Southampton (2003-2007)
Lecturer in Geochemistry and Mineralisation, University of Southampton (1999-2003)
Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan (1997-1999)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Geological Sciences, University of Michigan (1993-1997)

Activities in Scientific Drilling:
Chair of the NERC UK International Ocean Discovery Program (UK-IODP) Programme Advisory Group (2013- )

Research interests

Professor Teagle’s research principally involves the role of fluids in geological and environmental processes with emphasis on the formation and evolution of the ocean crust, sea floor hydrothermal systems and their influence on global geochemical cycles, fluid flow during metamorphism and mountain building, ore mineralization, and unconventional approaches to carbon sequestration, including carbonation of mine wastes. In addition to the on-going Oman Drilling Project, Damon has been heavily involved in the IODP Superfast Campaign to drill a complete section of upper oceanic crust in ODP Hole 1256D (ODP Leg 206, IODP Expeditions 309/312, 335), the MoHole to Mantle project (M2M), and the Deep Fault Drilling Project to penetrate, sample and instrument the Alpine Fault, the highly active fault zone that forms the boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates in the South Island of New Zealand. He is heavily involved in scientific ocean drilling, and was part of the team that co-wrote the current IODP Science Plan “Illuminating Earth’s past, present and future” (2013-2023).

He has growing interest in the public understanding of science, especially major environmental challenges such as climate change and technological responses. He works with colleagues from Medicine and Engineering in the monitoring of air pollution and the use of sensors and geochemistry to identify pollution sources.

Research group


Affiliate research group

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Research project(s)

Fluid flow associated with the Alpine Fault, South Island, New Zealand

Deep Fault Drilling: a journey through an active plate boundary

Mission MoHole, A Journey into the Mantle.

Mountains Metamorphism and Element Mobility

Superfast spread crust, deep drilling at IODP Site 1256

The nature and extent of seafloor basement weathering within the South Pacific Gyre

Geological storage of CO2 into oceanic crust

Understanding changes in Cenozoic carbonate chemistry

Calcium carbonate veins as recorders of past ocean chemistry

Ridge flank hydrothermal circulation: Juan de Fuca Ridge Flank

The Potential Health Effects of Transition Metals in Particulate Air Pollution

Oman Drilling Project

GGREW - Greenhouse Gas Removal by Enhanced Weathering

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Professor Damon A H Teagle
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