Holly Elliott

Dr Holly Elliott

Minerals geoscientist
BGS Keyworth

Holly Elliott’s biography

  • 2024 – present: Minerals Geoscientist, British Geological Survey
  • 2022 – 2024: Senior Lecturer of Geoscience, University of Derby
  • 2020 – 2022: Academic Professional Apprenticeship
  • 2019 – 2022: Lecturer of Geoscience, University of Derby
  • 2016 – 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter – HiTech AlkCarb project
  • 2011 – 2015: PhD, University of Southampton
  • 2007 – 2011: PhD, MSci Geology, University of Southampton


  • formation of ore deposits
  • critical metals and responsible mining
  • magmatic, volcanic, and hydrothermal processes
  • valorisation of mine waste


  • CLIMATES: REE extraction report 2024 – IUK funded project assessing current UK rare earth element supply chain opportunities, innovations, and challenges.
  • HiTech AlkCarb – 2016–2019 – EU H2020 project to develop new geomodels and sustainable exploration methods for critical metals (e.g. REE, Sc, Nb) associated with carbonatites and alkaline rocks.

ORCID: 0000-0001-5031-6474

  • Beard, C D, Goodenough, K M, Borst, A M, Wall, F, Siegfried, P R, Deady, E A, Pohl, C, Hutchinson, W, Finch, A A, Walter, B F, Elliott, H A L, and Brauch, K. 2022. Alkaline-silicate REE + HFSE systems. Economic Geology, 118, 117–208.
  • Elliott, H A L. 2021. Geology for a greener future. Teaching Earth Sciences, 46, 34–37.
  • Kamenetsky, V S, Doroshkevich, A G, Elliott, H A L, and Zaitsev, A N. 2021. Carbonatites: contrasting, complex, and controversial. Elements, 17, 307–314.
  • Broom-Fendley, S, Elliott, H A L, Beard, C D, Wall, F, Armitage, P E B, Brady A E, Deady, E, and Dawes, W. 2021. Enrichment of heavy REE and Th in carbonatite-derived fenite breccia. Geological Magazine, 158, 2025–2041.
  • Goodenough, K M, Deady, E A, Beard, C D, Broom-Fendley, S, Elliott, H A L, van den Berg, F, and Öztük, H. 2021. Carbonatites and alkaline igneous rocks in post-collisional settings: storehouses or rare earth elements. Journal of Earth Science, 32, 1332–1358.
  • Elliott, H A L, Gernon, T M, Roberts, S, Boyce, A, and Hewson, C. 2019. Diatremes act as fluid conduits for Zn-Pb mineralization in the SW Irish Orefield. Economic Geology, 114, 117–125.
  • Elliott, H A L, Broom-Fendley, A, and Wall, F. 2019. The significance of metasomatic alteration surrounding carbonatite complexes as a REE-enrichment indicator. Applied Earth Science, 128, 46.
  • Elliott, H A L, Broom-Fendley, A, and Wall, F. 2019. Utilizing alteration (fenite) surrounding carbonatite intrusions as a REE and Nb exploration indicator. Life with ore deposits on Earth, Proceedings of the 15th SGA biennial meeting, 4, 1756–1759.
  • Elliott, H A L, Wall, F, Chakmouradia, A R, Siegfried, P R, Dahlgren, S, Weatherley, S, Finch, A A, Marks, M A W, Dowman, E, and Deady, E. 2018. fenites associated with carbonatite complexes: A review. Ore Geology Reviews, 93, 38–59.
  • Elliott H A L, Gernon, T M, Roberts, S, and Hewson, C. 2015. Basaltic maar-diatreme volcanism in the Lower Carboniferous of the Limerick Basin (SW Ireland). Bulletin of Volcanology, 77, 37–59.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.cz/citations?user=eaDFjhAAAAAJ&hl=en

  • Core logging
  • Optical microscopy
  • Field descriptions and sketches
  • Major and trace element geochemistry
  • Science communication
  • Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow
  • Women in Mining UK, Membership and Education Committee
  • Mineral Deposits Studies Group Secretary
  • National Stone Centre, Visitor Experience Group

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