Dr Alla Dolgopolova BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Alla Dolgopolova
  • Researcher CERCAMS
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

  • Researcher CERCAMS, The Natural History Museum, since 2005. 
  • Coordinator of Curriculum Development, SOROS Foundation, Almaty, Kazakhstan,1999-2001.
  • Lecturer, Environmental Management Systems, Chair of British Gas Environmental Technology, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1998-2001.
  • Geologist, JV “Ishim-Gold”, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1996-1997.

Education and Qualifications

  • PhD, Environmental Geochemistry, Imperial College London, U.K., 2001-2005. 
  • Diploma (Distinction), Environmental management, Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1999.
  • MSc, Environmental Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.1997-1998.
  • BSc (Distinction), Geological prognosis, prospecting and exploration, Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU), Almaty, Kazakhstan,1990-1996.

Professional Roles

External collaborations

Collaborator with Department of Geology and Mining, East Kazakhstan State Technical University, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. Visiting professor and supervisor of PhD students.



At the Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS) I work on projects related to mineral deposit studies. I am involved in consultancy projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Russia. Between 2006 and 2009 I was responsible as project manager for a major mining consultancy project on “Metallogeny of Altaids” where my research focus has been on isotope mapping as tool in exploration targeting.


  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Seltmann R, Armstrong R, Belousova E &  Pankhurst R ( 2013 ) Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope systematics of the Hugo Dummett Cu-Au porphyry deposit (Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia) Lithos 164-167 : 47-64 . Lithos
  • Kröner A, Kovach V, Belousova E, Hegner E, Armstrong R, DOLGOPOLOVA A, Seltmann R, Sun M, Cai K, Wong J, Alexeiev D V, Hoffmann Je, Rytsk E & Rojas-Agramonte Y ( 2013 ) Reassessment of continental growth during the accretionary history of the Central
    Asian Orogenic Belt Gondwana Research . Gondwana Research
  • Purvis O W,  Williamson B J,  Spiro B, Udachin V, Mikhailova I & DOLGOPOLOVA A

    ( 2013 ) Lichen monitoring as a potential tool in environmental forensics: case study of the Cu smelter and former mining town of Karabash, Russia Geological Society, London, Special Publications Online First . 10.1144/SP384.6
  • Box S E, Syusyura B, Seltmann R, Creaser R, DOLGOPOLOVA A & Zientek M L ( 2012 ) Dzhezkazgan and associated sandstone copper deposits of the Chu-Sarysu Basin, Central Kazakhstan SEG Special Publication 16 : 303-328 .
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Seltmann R, Armstrong R, Belousova E & Pankhurst R ( 2011 ) Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope systematics of the Oyu Tolgoi Cu-Au deposit (Mongolia) Mineralogical Magazine 75 (3) : 771 .
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Seltmann R & Syusyura B ( 2010 ) Dhezkazgan-style copper deposits in Kazakhstan Applied Earth Science (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B) 119 (2) : 99-100 .
  • Kylander M E, Weiss D J, Jeffries T E, Kober B,  DOLGOPOLOVA A,  Garcia-Sanchez R & Coles B J ( 2007 ) A rapid and reliable method for Pb isotopic analysis of peat and lichens by laser ablation-quadrupole-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry for biomonitoring and sample screening Analytica Chimica Acta 582 : 116-124 . Analytica Chimica Acta
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Weiss D, Seltmann R & Dulski P ( 2006 ) Tracing dust and Pb dispersal at the Orlovka Ta-W mining and ore processing site: insights from REE patterns and elemental ratios Journal of Hazardous Materials 132 : 90-97 .
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Weiss D, Seltmann R, Kober B, Mason T, Coles B & Stanley C ( 2006 ) Use of element and isotope ratios to assess sources and pathways of Pb and Zn dispersed in the environment during mining and ore processing within the Orlovka-Spokoinoe mining site (Russia) Applied Geochemistry 21 : 563-579 . Applied Geochemistry
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Weiss D, Seltmann R, Kober B & Stanley C ( 2005 ) Use of Pb and Zn isotope systematics to assess metal sources within the Orlovka-Spokoinoe mining site Abstract volume of Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16-19, 2005) Paper No. 215-3 : .
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Seltmann R, Kober B, Weiss D, Stanley C & Dulski P ( 2004 ) Geochemical characteristics and Pb isotope systematics of highly fractionated Li-F enriched amazonite granites and related host rocks of the Orlovka-Spokoinoe mining district, Eastern Transbaikalia (Russia) Trans. Inst. Min. Metall.: Section B. Applied Earth Sciences 113 (1) : 83-89 .
  • DOLGOPOLOVA A, Weiss D, Seltmann R, Stanley C, Coles B & Cheburkin A K ( 2004 ) Closed-vessel microwave digestion technique for lichens and leaves prior to determination of trace elements (Pb, Zn, Cu) and stable Pb isotope ratios International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry 84 (12) : 889-899 .
  • Weiss D J, Kober B, DOLGOPOLOVA A, Gallagher K, Spiro B, Le Roux G, Mason T F D, Kylander M & Coles B J ( 2004 ) Accurate and precise Pb isotope ratio measurements in environmental samples by MC-ICP-MS International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 232 : 205-215 . International Journal of Mass Spectrometry
  • Yafa C,  FarmerJ G, Graham M C, Bacon J R, Barbante C, Cairns W R L, Bindler R,  Renberg I, Cheburkin A, Emons H, Handley M J, Norton S A, Krachler M, Shotyk W,  Li X D, Martinez-Cortizas A, Pulford D, Maciver V, Schweyer J, Steinnes E, Sjøbakk T E, Weiss D, DOLGOPOLOVA A & Kylander M ( 2004 ) Development of ombotrophic peat bog (low ash) reference material for the determination of elemental concentrations Journal of Environmental Monitoring 6 : 493-501 .