Dr Dan Smith

Associate Professor in Applied and Environmental Geology

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School/Department: Geography, Geology and the Environment, School of



Dr Dan Smith is an Associate Professor of Applied and Environmental Geoscience, with teaching and research interests in the formation of ore deposits of copper and gold in volcanic environments, the exploration for new mineral resources including critical metals, and the sustainability of resource supply.

He has been a researcher and leader on a number of major projects looking at mineral resources, including the NERC Security of Supply of Minerals programme, and the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Technology Metals. He is the current Chair of the UK's Mineral Deposits Studies Group.


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


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


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