Professor of Geology, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Adrian Finch specialises in critical element deposits in rift-related magmatism; how to find them, how they form and how they are modified by late-stage fluids. He is particularly involved in reconstructing the three-dimensional shape of the ore body and determining the mechanisms by which it has formed. He consults for several Exploration Geology companies interested in searching for and extracting critical metals from alkaline and peralkaline rocks. He is also advisor for the Government Office of Science (GOScience) on resource issues and works on the development of traceability and the forensic reconstruction of where the metals in critical metal devices were sourced.

Selected publications

Borst AM, Smith MP, Finch AA, Estrade G, Villanova-de-Benavent C, Nason P, Marquis E, Horsburgh NJ, Goodenough KM, Xu C, Kynický J & Geraki K (2020) Adsorption of Rare Earth Elements in Regolith-Hosted Clay Deposits, Nature Communications, 11, 4386.

van de Ven M, Borst AM, Davies GR, Hunt EJ & Finch AA (2019) Hydrothermal Alteration of Eudialyte-Hosted Critical Metal Deposits: Fluid Source and Implications for Deposit Grade. Minerals, 9, 422;

Borst AM, Finch AA, Friis H, Horsburgh NJ, Gamaletsos PN, Goettlicher J, Steininger R & Geraki K (2019) Structural State of Rare Earth Elements in Eudialyte-Group Minerals. Mineralogical Magazine, 1-49. doi:10.1180/mgm.2019.50. [winner of the Howie Prize of the Mineralogical Society]

Finch AA, McCreath JA, Reekie CDJ, Hutchison W, Ismaila A, Armour-Brown A, Andersen T, Simonsen SL (2019) From Mantle to Motzfeldt: A Genetic Model for Syenite-hosted Ta,Nb-mineralisation. Ore Geology Reviews, 107, 402-416.

Smith MP, Moore K, Kavecsánszki D, Finch AA, Kynicky J, Wall F (2016) From mantle to critical zone: a review of large and giant sized deposits of the rare earth elements. Geoscience Frontiers, 7, 315-334.