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Dr Alan Woolley
Position: Geologist and Mineralogist

Dr Alan Woolley, a research associate of the Natural History Museum London (NHM), is a world renowned carbonatite specialist who first worked in Malawi during the 1960s. Dr. Woolley has been a supportive advisor to the Mkango Resources team since 2010, assisting with the training and mentoring of local geologists and field team. Given his experience within the region and with the host deposit rock, his expertise and advisory work has aided in the diligent progression of the Songwe Hill project.

Dr Woolley first visited Malawi in 1964, under the auspices of a NERC Fellowship, spending three months investigating fenites associated with all the principal carbonatite occurrences. He conducted geological work across the Chilwa Alkaline Province; including the carbonatite centres of Chilwa Island and Kangankunde. He also worked in the Fort Lister Gap while examining alkaline centres SE of Lake Chilwa. Subsequent field work was undertaken on a further five occasions including spending a field season on the Mlanje Plateau. He has written sixteen papers on various aspects of the alkaline igneous rocks and carbonatites of the Chilwa Province, which he considers to be one of the most fascinating manifestations of alkaline rocks in the world.

Although Alan's principal research interest has been the Chilwa Province, he has also undertaken field work on alkaline rocks and carbonatites in at least another dozen countries.