Joshua Copage

Joshua Copage

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MRes Student


Dr. Giulio Solferino, Dr. Patrick Meere, Dr. Richard Unitt


I completed my BSc in Environmental & Earth System Sciences and graduated from University College Cork in 2014. I then worked in base metal mineral exploration in the Irish Midlands before returning to UCC in 2016 to commence a research investigation. I am currently undertaking a Master Research (MRes) within Geology at the school of BEES. My project is funded by the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of the Geoscience Research Programme and is supervised by Dr. Patrick Meere and Dr. Giulio Solferino.



My research interests centre around base and precious metal mineralisation in a range of geological settings. My current research project aims to characterise the geochemistry of the mineralised lode systems of the Copper Coast, County Waterford. My aim is to combine field and laboratory observations in order to outline the structural and geochemical evolution of the copper-bearing veins. On completion, this research will shed light on the mechanism and timing of mineralisation. This will support mineral exploration, local heritage and scientific understanding of this complex geological setting.

Other topics that I am interested in include the use of novel technologies in supporting field and lab-based geoscience research. In particular, the use of aerial drone technology in field studies. Having successfully deployed this technology in the field, I am exploring the process and potential of 3D model construction for inaccessible and dangerous geological exposures.

On a general scale; my broader research interests are focused around the geochemical investigation of ore deposits, remote sensing technology, and GIS software application.

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K