Andreas Beinlich

Hi Geo! I joined the department on February 1st and will contribute to research and education in Petrology and Mineral Resources with a focus on fluid-rock interactions. I am German and have a Diplom in Geology from the University of Würzburg and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science/Geology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. For my PhD at the University of Oslo I was working on ultramafic rock carbonation in systems spanning surface weathering to mid-crustal hydrothermal. Subsequently, I did a 3-year postdoc at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), where I joined the Mineral Deposit Research Unit as project coordinator of the Carbonate Alteration Footprint (CAF) project. For the CAF project we further developed the application of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes as an exploration tool for carbonate-hosted hydrothermal ore deposits. For my second postdoc I joined The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. There, I continued to work on fluid-solid/rock interaction processes with a wide range of applications from purely scientific to applied using an integrated approach of field observations, experiments in the laboratory, and theoretical modeling. Some of the key topics are the timescale of hydrothermal reaction front propagation, ophiolite carbonation (ICDP OmanDP), coupled mineral replacement reactions and mass transport in sulfide-bearing ultramafic systems, the interplay between deformation, fluid flow and alteration, and experimental investigation of Li and Cu extraction by fluid-driven solid-solid replacement reactions.

At UiB Geo I am going to continue my cross-disciplinary research approach to better understand active ocean floor alteration and mineralization by integrating shipboard/field work with extended experimental capabilities and analysis. My current research and active interests are the geological carbon cycle and the efficiency (or lack thereof) of carbon transport into the Earth’s mantle, the geophysical footprint of pervasive hydrothermal alteration, fluid flow through the crust in general, ore mineral tenor upgrade and metal liberation through fluid-solid interaction, and the feedbacks between concomitantly occurring mineral replacement reactions.

I am looking forward to chatting and collaborating with as many of you as I can. Thanks for having me! You find Andreas in room 4104 – Welcome to GEO 🙂