Rob is responsible for the Museum’s collection of rocks and minerals, including meteorites, gemstones and decorative stones. His role includes:
managing the cataloguing, storage and care of these collections
facilitating and engaging in collections-based research
treating and storing specimens susceptible to pyrite decay in anoxic and/or low humidity conditions in order to preserve them
contributing to the development of new exhibitions and displays
answering enquiries from researchers and the wider public including the identification of unknown specimens.
His curatorial interests include specimen identification; cataloguing the collections; acquisition of new material; and developing the collections for research, education and public engagement. His research interests include the genesis, discovery and extraction of ore deposits; magmatic and hydrothermal processes applied to economic geology; planetary geology; and mineral chemistry.
Rob graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a Master’s degree in geology. He subsequently studied for a PhD in geology at Cardiff University, working on the primary magmatic and secondary remobilisation of platinum-group elements in Ni-Cu sulphide ores. In 2014 he took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Southampton, studying the potential geochemical impacts of mining seafloor massive sulphide deposits as part of an EU-funded project, Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation (MIDAS). Rob moved to Oxford in 2017 to start his role as the Collections Manager for mineralogy and petrology.
Placer Platinum-Group Minerals in the Shetland Ophiolite Complex Derived from Anomalously Enriched Podiform Chromitites
Investigating monomineralic and polymineralic reactions during the oxidation of sulphide minerals in seawater: Implications for mining seafloor massive sulphide deposits