School of Earth and Environment

James Shaw James Shaw

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 101d

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience


I am a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds investigating the structural controls of orogenic gold in Northern Ireland, with focus on the high-grade Curraghinalt deposit. I am working with Dr Taija Torvela and Dr Rob Chapman from the University of Leeds, and am collaborating with Prof Mark Cooper from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Dr Greg Hope from Dalradian Resources. My research specifically involves a detailed deposit-scale study of Dalradian Resources’ Curraghinalt Mine, and includes 3D-4D model building based on data collection through fieldwork (both underground and surface mapping), analysis of drill core samples, microanalytics, and from the Tellus database. I recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a 1st Class Honours in MSci Geology, having completed research investigating the role of fluids on the strength of crustal fault zones.


2013 - 2017: MSci Geology, School of Ocean & Earth Science, University of Southampton, 1st Class Honours

Advanced Independent Research Project: Does the southern Alpine Fault act as a barrier to cross-fault fluid flow? (Supervisors: Dr Catriona Menzies, Professor Damon Teagle)


Irish Association for Economic Geologists (IAEG)

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland

Research Interests

Structural controls on ore mineralisation

The structural and geochemical evolution of orogenic gold systems

The role of fluids on the strength of crustal fault zones

Teaching Interests

Structural Geology

Geological Mapping

Ore and Mineral Geology

Support duties

Demonstrator on:

SOEE1580 Geology 2 (Geological Maps and Stratigraphy practicals, Pembrokeshire fieldtrip)

SOEE1212 Gold and Precious Metals (Scotland fieldtrip)

Project details

Project title

Structural controls of orogenic gold in Northern Ireland and implications to orogenic gold genetic models


Dr Taija Torvela (SEE)

Dr Rob Chapman (SEE)

Prof Mark Cooper (GSNI)

Dr Greg Hope (Dalradian Resources Inc.)


Leeds-York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 2017 (CASE: GSNI, Dalradian Resources Inc.)

SEG Graduate Student Fellowship (GSF) (US$5000.00)

Start date

1 October 2017

Project outline

This project synthesizes both regional and deposit-scale studies to illuminate gold mineralization controls and processes in the Grampian terrane of Northern Ireland: Detailed deposit investigation at Dalradian Resources’ Curraghinalt Mine are integrated with wider analysis of regional tectonic and structural evolution to contribute not only to our understanding of ore genesis at the UK’s most important gold prospect, but also to clarifying the more general structural controls influencing the location and genesis of the Curraghinalt deposit. These studies will underpin a consideration of orogenic gold models and gold deposit genesis in similar settings globally. The project will also have significance in informing future regional exploration strategies in Northern Ireland.

Detailed project description:


Conference Item

Shaw, JI; Manuc, G; Torvela, TM; Chapman, RJ. 2018 Structural and geochemical approaches to understanding orogenic gold mineralization. [Poster] In: Mineral Deposits Study Group 2017-2018 AGM, Brighton, England, 3-5 January 2018. University of Brighton, Brighton, 2018.

Awards and Funding

London International Youth Science Forum Participant, 2013: A Palaeomagnetic Study of the Etive Dyke Swarm, Scottish Caledonides: A record of rapid continental movement in Early Devonian times (University of Liverpool; Dr John Piper)

National Science + Engineering Competition Finalist, 2012-2013: A Palaeomagnetic Study of the Etive Dyke Swarm, Scottish Caledonides: A record of rapid continental movement in Early Devonian times (University of Liverpool; Dr John Piper)