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Mr James Davey MESci, FGS

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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James Davey is undertaking Postgraduate Research in Geology and Geochemistry at the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum, London. His research focuses on economic geology, looking at the geochemistry of the fluids responsible for base metal mineralisation in sedimentary basins, with particular emphasis on the world’s largest repository of copper and cobalt, the Central African Copperbelt.

James graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 with an integrated Masters degree in Exploration and Resource Geology, being awarded the Cox Medal for ‘best and outstanding achievement in graduating year’.

James has industry experience working in Namibia and South Africa and completed a Masters project focussed on the petrogenesis, mineralisation and stratigraphic significance of a Troctolite Marker Unit in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. The project was nominated for the ‘Best Student Project’ award at the 2014 MDSG meeting.

Research interests

The geology and geochemistry of ore deposits; fluid inclusion studies; magmatic systems; igneous petrology.

Research project: Brines and base metals: Are the basin brines of the world’s largest repository of copper and cobalt, the Central African Copperbelt, anomalously metal enriched?


Steve Roberts
Jamie Wilkinson (NHM)

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Geology and Geophysics

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SOES1001 Earth Materials

SOES2004 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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