I am Professor of Geochemistry at the School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. I work on a wide variety of research projects that range from volcanoes to ocean floor sediments. Of particular reference to the LiFT project is that I have been working in Western Anatolia, Turkey for over two decades, studying the formation of the world-class borate deposits in the region and the evolution of the volcanic systems that played a key role in their formation.
Rachael James is Professor of Geochemistry within the School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. She specialises in the development of novel non-traditional isotope techniques, including lithium, which she uses to identify element sources as well as the processes that determine their environmental fate. Rachael has worked extensively on mineralisation in geothermal and hydrothermal systems, and on seafloor mineral resources. A key focus is the behaviour of lithium during weathering, including laterites. She is involved in a wide range of field programmes both on land and in the oceans, including deep-sea ocean drilling.