Dr Kathryn Goodenough

Dr Kathryn Goodenough

Principal Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 272

E-mail Dr Kathryn Goodenough

ORCID: 0000000159124831

Published outputs


  • 2014 – ongoing : Deputy Director, BGS Global
  • 2001 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 1998 –2001 : Geologist, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • 1997 : PhD University of Edinburgh,
  • 1994 : BA (Hons), University of Oxford, Earth Sciences

Current projects and collaboration

  • Collaboration with DFID, building capability to manage natural resources in developing countries
  • EURARE project to assess European rare earth element resources (www.eurare.eu)
  • HiTech AlkCarb project to develop new geomodels for critical metal exploration in carbonatites and alkaline rocks www.carbonatites.eu
  • SoS RARE NERC-funded consortium on mobility and concentration of the rare earth elements in natural systems (www.sosrare.org)
  • Research into the origin of critical metal deposits, in the UK and worldwide
  • Collaboration with Cadi Ayyad university, Marrakech on the origin of polymetallic mineralisation in Morocco
  • Research into Precambrian crustal evolution, focused in the NW Highlands of Scotland
  • Research into the initiation and development of subduction as recorded in the Oman-UAE ophiolite

Professional association

  • 2016 – ongoing : Member of the NERC Peer Review College
  • 2013 – ongoing : Member of the ICDP Science Advisory Group (Co-Chair 2016-2017)
  • 2011 –2016 : General Secretary of the Mineralogical Society
  • 2007 –2009 : Member of Council of the Mineralogical Society
  • 2007 –2013 : Member of Council of the Edinburgh Geological Society
  • 2003 – ongoing : Chartered Geologist
  • 2002 –2008 : Secretary of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group

Research interests

  • Petrogenesis and metallogenesis of metal deposits associated with igneous rocks
  • Critical metals
  • Mineral resources and sustainable development
  • Evolution and development of the continental crust
  • Ophiolite petrogenesis and emplacement


  • Igneous petrology and geochemistry
  • Metallogenesis and ore deposits, particularly of the critical metals
  • Geological mapping of basement terrains
  • ArcGIS and digital mapping
  • Science communication
  • French speaker

Key papers

GOODENOUGH, K M, WALL, F and MERRIMAN, D. 2017. The Rare Earth Elements: Demand, Global Resources, and Challenges for Resourcing Future Generations. Natural Resources Research doi:10.1007/s11053-017-9336-5

GOODENOUGH, K.M., SCHILLING, J., JONSSON, E. et al. 2016. Europe's rare earth element resource potential: An overview of REE metallogenetic provinces and their geodynamic setting. Ore Geology Reviews 72, 838-856

GOODENOUGH, K.M., LUSTY, P.A.J., ROBERTS, N.M.W., KEY, R.M. & GARBA, a. 2014. Post-collisional Pan-African granitoids and rare-metal pegmatites in western Nigeria: Age, petrogenesis and the 'pegmatite conundrum'. Lithos 200, 22-34

WALTERS, A.S., GOODENOUGH, K.M., HUGHES, H.S.R., ROBERTS, N.M.W., GUNN, A.G., RUSHTON, J. AND LACINSKA, A. 2013. Enrichment of Rare Earth Elements during magmatic and post-magmatic processes: a case study from the Loch Loyal Syenite Complex, northern Scotland. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 10.1007/s00410-013-0916-z

GOODENOUGH, K.M., THOMAS, R.J., STYLES, M.T., SCHOFIELD, D.I. & MACLEOD, C.J. 2014. Records of ocean growth and destruction in the Oman-UAE ophiolite. Elements 10, 109-114

GOODENOUGH, K.M., CROWLEY, Q.G., KRABBENDAM, M. AND PARRY, S.F. 2013. New U-Pb age constraints for the Laxford Shear Zone, NW Scotland: Evidence for tectono-magmatic processes associated with the formation of a Palaeoproterozoic supercontinent. Precambrian Research 233, 1-19.

GOODENOUGH, K M, MILLAR, I, STRACHAN, R A, KRABBENDAM, M, & EVANS, J A. 2011. Timing of regional deformation and development of the Moine Thrust Zone in the Scottish Caledonides: constraints from the U-Pb geochronology of alkaline intrusions. Journal of the Geological Society, Vol.168, 99-114.

GOODENOUGH, K. M., THOMAS, R.J., DE WAELE, B., KEY, R.M., SCHOFIELD, D.I., BAUER, W., TUCKER, R., RAFAHATELO, J-M., RABARIMANANA, M., RALISON, A.V., RANDRIAMANANJARA, T. 2010. Post-collisional magmatism in the central East African Orogen: the Maevarano Suite of north Madagascar. Lithos,Vol.116, 18-34.

GOODENOUGH, K M, STYLES, M T, SCHOFIELD, D I, THOMAS, R J, CROWLEY, Q C, LILLY, R M, MCKERVEY, J, STEPHENSON, D, and CARNEY, J N. 2010. Architecture of the Oman-UAE ophiolite: evidence for a multi-phase magmatic history. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 3, 439-458.

GOODENOUGH, K M, PARK, R G, KRABBENDAM, M, MYERS, J S, WHEELER, J, LOUGHLIN, S, CROWLEY, Q, L, F C R, BEACH, A, KINNY, P D, and GRAHAM, R. 2010. The Laxford Front: an Archaean terrane boundary? Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building. LAW, R, BUTLER, R W H, STRACHAN, R, and KRABBENDAM, M (editors). Geological Society Special Publication, Vol. 335, 103-120.

GOODENOUGH, K M, EVANS, J, and KRABBENDAM, M. 2006. Constraining the maximum age of movements in the Moine Thrust Belt: dating the Canisp Porphyry. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol. 42, 77-81.

GOODENOUGH, K M, YOUNG, B N, and PARSONS, I. 2004. The minor intrusions of Assynt, NW Scotland: early development of magmatism along the Caledonian Front. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 68, 541-559.

GOODENOUGH, K M, UPTON, B G J, and ELLAM, R. 2002. Long-term memory of subduction processes in the lithospheric mantle? Evidence from the geochemistry of basic dykes in the Gardar Province of South Greenland Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol. 159, 705-715.