Dr Colin Wilkins

Dr Colin Wilkins

Associate Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Senior Lecturer in Economic Geology

First Year Tutor

( for MGeol, Geological Sciences, Applied Geology, Major / Minor Geology, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography and Geology)


Ph.D. 1991: The Structural history of the Cue district, Murchison Province, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia and the timing of mineralization at Big Bell Gold Mine.

James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia.

M.Sc. and D.I.C. - Mineral Exploration 1984 (by coursework and dissertation).

Dissertation: The link between metamorphic outgassing and the formation of mineral deposits

(Au and U deposits).

Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology,

University of London, U.K.

B.Sc. (Hons First Class) Geology 1982

Department of Geology, University of Hull, U.K.

Professional membership

Society of Economic Geologists.

Geological Society of Australia (Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology, Specialist Group in Economic Geology).

Geological Society of London (Mineral Deposit Studies Group).

The International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (Working Group on Ores and Metamorphism).

The Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education,(ILTM).



Teaching interests

Economic Geology.

Geochemical and geophysical exploration methods.

Applied structural and metamorphic geology in the search for mineral deposits.

Mining and the Environment.

Mineral Economics.

Field geology and geological mapping.


Metamorphic geology

The First Year Student Experience



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Wilkins C & Quayle M (2021) 'Structural Control of High-Grade Gold Shoots at the Reward Mine, Hill End, New South Wales, Australia' Economic Geology 116, (4) 909-935 , DOI
Marien C, Dijkstra AH & wilkins C (2017) 'The hydrothermal alteration of carbonatite in the Fen Complex, Norway: mineralogy, geochemistry, and implications for rare earth element resource formation' Mineralogical Magazine Open access
Wilkins C, Jeffery B, Speer J, Dijkstra AH & McFarlane J (2017) 'Mineral assemblages and textures of granite-hosted veins in the Hemerdon W–Sn deposit: constraints from scanning electron microscope chemical X-ray mapping' Applied Earth Science 126, (2) 104-105 , DOI Open access