School of Earth and Environment

Hugh Graham Hugh Graham

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 101d

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


MGeol Geology from the University of Leicester.

Masters thesis titled 'Understanding the Mato Bula - Da Tambuk Au-rich VMS system in the Arabian-Nubian Shield, Northern Ethiopia'.


Member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA).

Research Interests

Magmatic-hydrothermal gold systems; trace element associations in ore deposits; and understanding the evolution of mineralising systems.

Project details

Project title

The evolution of porphyry-epithermal gold systems using trace element mobility and concentration


Dr Dan Morgan, Dr Rob Chapman, Dr David Banks and Dr Steven Stackhouse


Funded by the NERC through the Leeds-York DTP.

Start date

1 October 2017

Project outline

There is a significant amount of effort associated with understanding the genesis and evolution of copper-gold (Cu-Au) porphyry systems and their associated epithermal expressions, due to their commercial importance based on dual commodities. Consequently, this mineralisation is frequently well characterised at a regional and deposit scale. However, the strong association of critical elements such as Palladium (Pd), Selenium, (Se) or Tellurium (Te) in parts of the mineralised system is poorly understood.

This project aims to address questions of trace element mobility and concentration within evolving magmatic hydrothermal systems:

  1. What are the trace elemental signatures associated with magmatic hydrothermal gold mineralisation?
  2. What can they tell us about the evolving chemical environment during ore genesis?
  3. Which other (often critical) metals can be co-genetic with gold, and what are the controlling factors in their enrichment?