Dr Will Brownscombe

Dr William Brownscombe

Analytical Geochemist

Department: Core Research Laboratories
Division: Imaging and Analysis Centre
Phone: (0)2079425372

Summary

I am an economic geologist who has studied at Oxford, CSM and RSM. I have been based at the Natural History Museum in London for six years, initially undertaking my PhD and then managing the ore deposits LA-ICP-MS facility. My current role is developing software for the rapid processing and handling of LA-ICP-MS data at the NHM for prospectivity vectoring and dating. While latterly transitioning into more technical geochemistry, I am also a keen field geologist and have carried out fieldwork in the UK, Europe, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Namibia, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Russia and most recently Uzbekistan.I have a personal interest in the development issues surrounding artisanal mining and I am a voracious consumer of global news

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London, London, London, 2010 - 2015

MSc Mining Geology, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, Penryn, Penryn, 2009 - 2010

MSci Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxford, 2005 - 2009

Employment history

Academic

Analytical Geochemist, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Researcher (analytical software development), Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

LODE laboratory manager, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Committees

Member, Applied Mineralogy Group, 2016 - on going.

Memberships

Fellow, The Geological Society of London.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Journal of Geochemical Exploration, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2017 - on going.

Ore Geology Reviews, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2016 - on going.

Publications

Brownscombe W, Jeffries TE (2017) New software for processing LA-ICP-MS data for mineral deposit applications. Applied Earth Science, 126 (2) : 45 - 46. doi: 10.1080/03717453.2017.1306235

Strekopytov S, Brownscombe W, Lapinee C, Sykes D, Spratt J, Jeffries TE, Jones CG (2017) Arsenic and mercury in bird feathers: Identification and quantification of inorganic pesticide residues in natural history collections using multiple analytical and imaging techniques. Microchemical Journal, 130 : 301 - 309. doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2016.10.009

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Herrington R (2016) The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, N. Finland. Godel B, Barnes S, Gonzalez-Alvarez I, Fiorentini M, Le Vaillant M (Eds). 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia, 109 9 - 10 9 9Government of Western Australia :

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Hartshorne C, Klatt S, Siikaluoma J, Herrington R (2015) Chapter 3.7 - The Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE Sulfide Deposit in Northern Finland, In: Mineral Deposits of Finland, Maier W, Lahtinen R, O'Brien H (Eds). Elsevier : 211 - 252.

Brownscombe W, Herrington RJ, Wilkinson JJ, Berry AJ, Coppard J, Ihlenfeld C, Klatt S, Hartshorne C, Boyce AJ, Taylor RN (2013) Geochemistry of the Sakatti magmatic Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, northern Finland. MINERAL DEPOSIT RESEARCH FOR A HIGH-TECH WORLD, VOLS. 1-4 956 - +.

Contributed Publications

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Herrington R (2016) The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, N. Finland. Godel B, Barnes S, Gonzalez-Alvarez I, Fiorentini M, Le Vaillant M (Eds). 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia, 109 9 - 10 9 9Government of Western Australia :

Supervision

Master's Joint supervisor to Westaway-Heaven G
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Fe-Cr Spinel as petrological and prospectivity indicators in serpentinized magmatic ore deposits
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Jillings K
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Origin of the hanging wall breccias at the Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Finland
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Hunter C
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Understanding the Controls on the Spatial Distribution of Platinum Group Elements (PGE) in Orthomagmatic Sulphides: Insights from Tomographic Reconstruction, Reflected Light and Electron Microscopy

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE, N. Finland, 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia: 9/9/2016.

Invited speaker, Automated mineralogical SEM as a precursor to trace element analysis by Laser Ablation ICP-MS, The Society of Electron Microscopy Techniques Meeting: Society of Electron Microscopy Techniques, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 16/12/2015.

Introduction

Summary

I am an economic geologist who has studied at Oxford, CSM and RSM. I have been based at the Natural History Museum in London for six years, initially undertaking my PhD and then managing the ore deposits LA-ICP-MS facility. My current role is developing software for the rapid processing and handling of LA-ICP-MS data at the NHM for prospectivity vectoring and dating. While latterly transitioning into more technical geochemistry, I am also a keen field geologist and have carried out fieldwork in the UK, Europe, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Namibia, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Russia and most recently Uzbekistan.I have a personal interest in the development issues surrounding artisanal mining and I am a voracious consumer of global news

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London, London, London, 2010 - 2015

MSc Mining Geology, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, Penryn, Penryn, 2009 - 2010

MSci Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxford, 2005 - 2009

Employment history

Academic

Analytical Geochemist, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Researcher (analytical software development), Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

LODE laboratory manager, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, London, Core Research Laboratories, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Professional activities

Committees

Member, Applied Mineralogy Group, 2016 - on going.

Memberships

Fellow, The Geological Society of London.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Journal of Geochemical Exploration, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2017 - on going.

Ore Geology Reviews, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2016 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Brownscombe W, Jeffries TE (2017) New software for processing LA-ICP-MS data for mineral deposit applications. Applied Earth Science, 126 (2) : 45 - 46. doi: 10.1080/03717453.2017.1306235

Strekopytov S, Brownscombe W, Lapinee C, Sykes D, Spratt J, Jeffries TE, Jones CG (2017) Arsenic and mercury in bird feathers: Identification and quantification of inorganic pesticide residues in natural history collections using multiple analytical and imaging techniques. Microchemical Journal, 130 : 301 - 309. doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2016.10.009

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Herrington R (2016) The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, N. Finland. Godel B, Barnes S, Gonzalez-Alvarez I, Fiorentini M, Le Vaillant M (Eds). 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia, 109 9 - 10 9 9Government of Western Australia :

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Hartshorne C, Klatt S, Siikaluoma J, Herrington R (2015) Chapter 3.7 - The Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE Sulfide Deposit in Northern Finland, In: Mineral Deposits of Finland, Maier W, Lahtinen R, O'Brien H (Eds). Elsevier : 211 - 252.

Brownscombe W, Herrington RJ, Wilkinson JJ, Berry AJ, Coppard J, Ihlenfeld C, Klatt S, Hartshorne C, Boyce AJ, Taylor RN (2013) Geochemistry of the Sakatti magmatic Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, northern Finland. MINERAL DEPOSIT RESEARCH FOR A HIGH-TECH WORLD, VOLS. 1-4 956 - +.

Contributed Publications

Brownscombe W, Ihlenfeld C, Coppard J, Herrington R (2016) The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE deposit, N. Finland. Godel B, Barnes S, Gonzalez-Alvarez I, Fiorentini M, Le Vaillant M (Eds). 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia, 109 9 - 10 9 9Government of Western Australia :

Teaching and students

Supervision

Master's Joint supervisor to Westaway-Heaven G
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Fe-Cr Spinel as petrological and prospectivity indicators in serpentinized magmatic ore deposits
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Jillings K
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Origin of the hanging wall breccias at the Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Finland
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Hunter C
Co supervisor(s): Brownscombe W
Understanding the Controls on the Spatial Distribution of Platinum Group Elements (PGE) in Orthomagmatic Sulphides: Insights from Tomographic Reconstruction, Reflected Light and Electron Microscopy

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, The geology and geochemistry of the Sakatti Cu-Ni-PGE, N. Finland, 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Australia: 9/9/2016.

Invited speaker, Automated mineralogical SEM as a precursor to trace element analysis by Laser Ablation ICP-MS, The Society of Electron Microscopy Techniques Meeting: Society of Electron Microscopy Techniques, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 16/12/2015.