I’m a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. My research focuses on the origin and evolution of peralkaline igneous rocks and associated rare metal deposits.
I completed my PhD in 2016, at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the University of Copenhagen, where I studied the magmatic and hydrothermal evolution of REE, Zr and Nb mineralised nepheline syenites in the rift-related Gardar province in South Greenland.
During my postdoc I continue to work on alkaline magmatism and REE transport in South Greenland, as part of the NERC funded SoS RARE consortium. SoS RARE aims at bringing together mineralogists, geochemists and metallurgists to understand the mobility and concentration of Nd and heavy REE’s in natural systems, and to develop environmentally friendly and economically viable ways to exploit such resources. The Gardar province provides a particularly suitable natural laboratory to address these issues, as it represents one of the best exposed and preserved ancient rifts in the world and hosts a number of highly prospective critical metal deposits.
I am particularly interested in how hydrothermal fluids modify magmatic REE deposits, and how these affect the methods required to extract the metals. I use radiogenic isotopes to fingerprint the source of critical metal enrichment, and a variety of mineral chemical techniques, such as EMP, XRD, and synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, to characterize primary and secondary REE-minerals in critical metal deposits around the world.