Dr Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Associate Professor in Applied and Environmental Geology

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5355
Email: djs40@le.ac.uk


  • GL3110 Advanced Mineral Deposits
  • GL3113 UK Field Course (Cornwall)
  • GL3102 Environmental Geoscience


My research interests include:

  • Hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Sustainability in the mineral resources sector
  • Geology of the SW Pacific
  • Critical metals

Selected Publications

  • DA Holwell; M Fiorentini; I McDonald; Y Lu, A Giuliani; DJ Smith; M Keith; M Locmelis, 2019 “A metasomatized lithospheric mantle control on the metallogenic signature of post-subduction magmatism” Nature Communications, 10, article 3511
  • DJ Smith; J Naden; AJ Miles; H Bennett; SH Bicknell, 2018 “Mass wasting events and their impact on the formation and preservation of submarine ore deposits” Ore Geology Reviews v. 97, 143-151
  • M Keith; DJ Smith; GRT Jenkin; DA Holwell; MD Dye, 2018 “A review of Te and Se systematics in hydrothermal pyrite from precious metal deposits: Insights into ore-forming processes” Ore Geology Reviews, v. 96, 269-282, doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2017.07.023
  • DJ Smith; J Naden; GRT Jenkin; M Keith, 2017, “Hydrothermal alteration and fluid pH in alkaline-hosted epithermal system” Ore Geology Reviews, v. 89 772–779, doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2017.06.028

Grants & Ongoing Projects

  • Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Technology Metals (Met4Tech) - part of the UKRI National Circular Economy Research programme. Looking at more circular approaches to the supply and reuse of metals critical to technology, including renewable energy and electric vehicles. Programme website: https://ce-hub.org/ and Centre website: https://met4tech.org/
  • FAMOS - From Arc Magmas to Ore Systems. NERC Highlight Topic project led by Natural History Museum, studying the formation of porphyry copper deposits in magmatic arcs, and the use of fertility indicators in their exploration. Website: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/our-work/sustainability/from-arc-magmas-to-ores.html
  • TeaSe - Tellurium and Selenium Cycling and Supply. Project within the NERC Security of Supply of Mineral Resources programme. Now completed. Our project looked at the crustal and critical zone processes that transport and concentrate rare metalloids Te and Se, both vital for green technologies. Programme website: https://www2.bgs.ac.uk/sosMinerals/home.html


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