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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Dr Thomas Belgrano 

SMMI Research Fellow

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Thomas Belgrano is an SMMI Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, working on sub-seafloor hydrothermal systems and chemical microanalysis by laser ablation ICP–MS.

2021–Present: SMMI Research Fellow, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton

2020–2021: SNSF Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton

2015–2019: PhD, University of Bern, Switzerland. Thesis: Map distribution, tectonic setting and hydrothermal alteration of the volcanic sequence of the Semail ophiolite, Oman

2013–2015: MSc, University of Bern

2012: Exploration Geologist, Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited, Canada

2009–2012: BSc. Earth Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Research interests

My research focuses on the behaviour of precious, critical and base metals (e.g. Au, Ag, Se, Co, Cu, Zn) during the formation, alteration and mineralization of oceanic crust – in particular, how these three processes intersect. I study these systems both in ancient examples of oceanic crust which have been tectonically emplaced onto land, in particular the Oman–UAE ophiolite, and will also take part in IODP South Atlantic Transect Expedition 390/393. This research aims to quantify geochemical exchanges between the crust and the oceans, to identify new potential sources for metals critical to decarbonizing the economy, and to provide frameworks for companies to explore for these metals.

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Dr Thomas Belgrano
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/186/04

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