Prof Reimar Seltmann

Prof Reimar Seltmann
  • Researcher Petrology & Mineral Deposits
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history        

2003 – present Researcher in Mineral Deposits, Band 3, Division of Economic and Environmental Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum, London.        
1999 – 2003Researcher in Petrology and Mineral Deposits, Band 4, Department of Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum, London. 
1996    Geological Survey of Canada - DAAD Research Fellow , Carleton University Ottawa, Canada - Visiting Professor.
1992 ‑ 1999         GeoForschungsZentrum, GFZ Potsdam, Germany - Researcher
1986 ‑1991        Central Institute for Physics of the Earth, Academy of Sciences, Potsdam, GDR - Researcher
1984 - 1986        Bergakademie Freiberg, GDR - PhD Research Student


1987     PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) [summa cum laude] in Exploration Geology, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
1984Diploma (MSc) [distinction] in Geology, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Professional Roles

Job Title and Expertise in innovative basic research

Researcher in Petrology and Mineral Deposits in the Mineralogy and Origin of Ore Deposits Group of the Economic and Environmental Mineralogy Division, since July 2012 part of NHM’s new Department of Earth Sciences.

Economic Geology, Metallogeny, Igneous Petrology, Alteration Geochemistry:

Mineralogy and origin of ore deposits, particularly magmatic-hydrothermal transition processes, anatomy and textures of mineralized felsic systems, with regional focus on granite-ore systems and districts of the former Soviet Union, China, Mongolia.

I use my understanding of earth processes and specialist knowledge of Central Asia to create generic databases and tools to guide the exploration of mineral deposits.

Professional experience in applied research and mining consultancy

Since 2002 Head (Founder) of the Centre for Russian and Central Eurasian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS) based at the NHM, London.

Commissioned research and consultancy projects in former Soviet Union (CIS), Mongolia, China and Afghanistan, including client introduction to target regions.

Country and commodity studies (Cu, Au, U, PGE, Ni, base metals, Sn-W-Mo-Re-Be-REE and other rare metals, potash, fluorite, barite, aggregate, coal).

Regional exploration targeting in Transeurasian Hercynian Belt (Cornwall, Krusne hory-Erzgebirge), Urals, Siberia, Gobi, Tienshan, Kyzylkum, Kazakhstan, Namibia.

GIS-based studies from continental to district scale. Latest deposit case studies included Muruntau, Bakyrchik, Sukhoj Log, Kounrad, Kalmakyr, Oyu Tolgoi, Udokan, Peschanka, Dzhezkazgan.

Project Websites

CERCAMS website:

IGCP-592 project website:


Contributions and Measures of Esteem as Professional or Scientific Citizen

Appointments and honours

Fellow of Leibniz Society (MLS), elected in 2011 
Leibniz Society of Sciences, Berlin, Germany (the former Prussian resp. German Academy of Sciences, founded in 1700)

Visiting Professor in Economic Geology & Metallogeny, since 2011
East Kazakhstan State Technical University (EKSTU), Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Adjunct Research Fellow (visiting professor), since 2009
Xinjiang Research Centre of Natural Resources and Ecological Environments, Government of Xinjiang, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

Visiting Professor of Geology (since 2008), Co-Director (since 2009)
Key Laboratory of Integration for Central Asia Geology and Mineral Deposit Information, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, China

Adjunct Professor 2008 – 2012
Key Laboratory of Metallogenesis and Mineral Assessment, IMR CAGS, Beijing, China

"Nominee for Stillwell Award for outstanding paper" (2010)
Geological Society of Australia (publishing Australian Journal of Earth Sciences), see *Seltmann et al. (2010)

Member on panels and policy advice

Panel member 2010 – present
Graduate college, Leibniz Graduate School, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Germany

Scientific Board member 2011 – present
UNESCO, International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), theme group "Resources", Paris, France

Policy advice on IGCP (since 1997) 
as leader of three consecutive projects of the International Geoscience Program (IGCP projects #373, 473, 592) 
to German NC IGCP (until 2007)
to Earth Resource Committee of Royal Society (2000 - 2002)
to UK IGCP Committee at Geological Society (2003 - 2007)
to UK National Commission for UNESCO (since 2012) 

UK National Correspondent IGCP-473 (2002 - 2007)

UK National Correspondent IGCP-592 (since 2011)

Associate Editor
Ore Geology Reviews (Elsevier)
Russian Geology and Geophysics (Elsevier)

Advisory Board member
Global Tectonics and Metallogeny (Schweizerbart)

Councillor (2004 - 2006)
Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

Executive Councillor (since 1992), as Publication Manager since 2004
International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD)
an IUGS-affiliated non-profit learned society


(Beside routine duties as an Associate Editor of three international journals)

Review of ~8 research projects per year for research councils in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, France.

Review of ~12 journal articles and books / chapters per year, including OGR, JAES, GR, ESR, IJES, Lithos, AusJES, MD, EG;

Invited lectures

Plenary and invited / keynote lectures at annual major congresses since 1996: IGC, SEG, SGA, IAGOD, Goldschmidt, PDAC, Minex, Finex, China Mining etc.


Radio, newspaper and TV interviews as honorary guest and keynote speaker at international conferences in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, Colombia. 

Lectures to the public (~4 per year) and to student chapters (Colombia, Namibia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, UK)


Selected Publications

SELTMANN R, Konopelko D, Biske G, Divaev F & Sergeev S 2011. Hercynian post-collisional magmatism in the context of Paleozoic magmatic evolution of the Tien Shan orogenic belt. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 42(5), pp. 821-838.

SELTMANN R, Soloviev S, Shatov V, Pirajno F, Naumov E, & Cherkasov S 2010. Metallogeny of Siberia: Tectonic, Geologic and Metallogenic Settings of Selected Significant Deposits. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. 57(5): 655-706, Appendix – Supplementary paper: data repository of large mineral deposits in Siberia, stored at 

SELTMANN R, Shatov V & Yakubchuk A (2002-2012). Mineral deposits database and thematic maps of Central Asia, scale 1 : 1.5 million: ArcGIS 9.2 GIS package. Explanatory Notes 143pp. Upgraded, updated and revised official release version. NHM London.

Biske Yu S & SELTMANN R 2010. Paleozoic Tian-Shan as a transitional region between the Rheic and Urals–Turkestan oceans. Gondwana Research 17 (2–3): 602–613.

Pirajno F, Seltmann R, Cook NJ & Borisenko AS (eds.) 2009. Intraplate magmatism and associated metallogeny in Central Asia, China and Siberia. Special Issue. Ore Geology Reviews 35: pp.111-261.

Xiao W, Pirajno F & SELTMANN R (eds.) 2008. Geodynamics and metallogeny of the Altaid Orogen. Special Issue. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 32, 2-4. pp. 77-300.

Konopelko D, Biske G, SELTMANN R, Kiseleva M, Matukov D & Sergeev S 2008. Deciphering Caledonian events: Timing and geochemistry of the Caledonian magmatic arc in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 32: 131-141

Konopelko D, Biske G, SELTMANN R, Eklund O & Belyatsky B 2007. Hercynian post-collisional A-type granites of the Kokshaal Range, Southern Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan. In: Special Issue IGCP project 510: A-type granites and related rocks through time. Lithos 97(1-2): 140-160.

SELTMANN R, Borisenko A & Fedoseev G (eds) 2007. Magmatism and Metallogeny of the Altai and Adjacent Large Igneous Provinces with an Introductory Essay on the Altaids. IAGOD Series 16. CERCAMS/NHM London 2007, 295p., ISBN 5-91220-008-6.

Morelli R, Creaser R A, SELTMANN R, Stuart F M, Selby D & Graupner T 2007. Age and source constraints for the giant Muruntau gold deposit, Uzbekistan, from coupled Re-Os-He isotopes in arsenopyrite. Geology 35(9): 795–798.

Chiaradia M, Konopelko D, Seltmann R & Cliff R A 2006. Lead isotope variations across terrane boundaries of the Tien Shan and Chinese Altay. Mineralium Deposita 41: 411–428.

SELTMANN R, Gerel O & Kirwin D J (eds.) 2005. Geodynamics and metallogeny of Mongolia with a special emphasis on copper and gold deposits. IAGOD Series 13: CERCAMS NHM London, 225 pp, 172 figs., 29 tables. ISBN 5-8198-0075-3.

SELTMANN R & Porter T M 2005. The Porphyry Cu-Au/Mo Deposits of Central Eurasia: 1. Tectonic, Geologic & Metallogenic Setting and Significant Deposits. In Porter T M (Ed.) Super Porphyry Copper & Gold Deposits: A Global Perspective. PGC Publishing, Adelaide, 2: 467-512.

Mao J, Goldfarb R, SELTMANN R, Wang D, Xiao W & Hart C (eds.) 2003. Tectonic evolution and metallogeny of the Chinese Altay and Tianshan. IAGOD Series 10: CERCAMS NHM London, 286 pp., 106 figs., 44 tables. ISBN 5-93761-052-0

Seltmann R, Lehmann B, Lowenstern JB & Candela PA (eds.) 1997. High-level silicic magmatism and related hydrothermal systems. Oxford University Press, Special Issue, Journal of Petrology, 38, 12, pp.1617-1807.

SELTMANN R, Kämpf H & Möller P 1994. Metallogeny of Collisional Orogens. Czech Geological Survey, Prague, 448 pp. ISBN 80-7075-152-5.