Andreas Beinlich

Postdoctoral Fellow

ESB 3026
  • Fluid-rock interaction and associated mineral replacement reactions
  • Carbonation and hydration of ultramafic rocks
  • Fluid flow and mass transport during metasomatism
  • Alteration footprints of carbonate hosted hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Application of stable isotope systems to environmental and economic questions

I am a petrologist with a strong interest in fluid driven mineral replacement reactions and seek to apply my research to environmental and economic questions. I graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2007 where I received a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci). My diploma thesis research was focused on the thermochronology of the deep crust beneath Otago and was based on a gabbroic xenolith brought to the surface by the Pigroot mafic phonolite in the Miocene Waipiata Volcanic Field. In 2008, I received a Diplom (MSc equivalent) in geology from the University of Würzburg (Germany) where I was working on trace-element mobilization during Ca-metasomatically induced eclogitization of blueschist from the Tian Shan Mountains in western China. For my PhD at the center for Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) and Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo, Norway, I investigated naturally occurring carbonation reactions in ultramafic rocks within the framework of CO2mineral sequestration. After I completed my PhD in 2012, I changed to my current position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) and the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU), University of British Columbia. I am currently working on stable isotope (O, C) alteration footprints of hydrothermal ore deposits and will also continue my research on alteration and carbonation reactions in ultramafic rocks with a focus on listvenite formation and their economic significance.