Fernando Laiginhas

Postdoc

  • ftlaiginhas@ua.edu
  • 2069 Bevill Building

Primary Specialization

geochemistry

Education

2004 - B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology, University of Porto, Portugal

2008 - Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK

Work and Research experience
2014 – present – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama, USA
2012 – 2014 – Project Coordinator, Lapa do Lobo Foundation, Portugal
2011 – 2012 – Independent Consultant for Mining Operations in Central Africa and Southern Europe
2009 – 2010 – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK
2009 – Project Consultant, Northern Centre for Isotopic and Elemental Tracing, UK
2003 – 2004 – Diamond Specialist, De Beers Diamond Trading Company, Diatrada Lda. Diamond Polishing Factory, Portugal

Research Interests

By training, I am a geologist specializing in diamond geochemistry. While my research interests focus primarily on the geochemistry of the Earth’s mantle, I am also interested in a wide variety of topics within the Earth Sciences. As a consequence of my research work, I have familiarized myself with varied analytical instruments in geochemistry and have been involved in the development of analytical techniques that have been applied to geological, biological and archaeological materials

Current Research Projects

Member of the UA GeoAPT laboratory.
See http://uageoapt.ua.edu for additional details

Representative Publications

PEREZ-HUERTA, A., LAIGINHAS, F., REINHARD, D., PROSA, T. & MARTENS, R. (2016). Atom probe tomography (APT) of carbonate minerals. Micron, 80: 83–89

BICKLE, P., HOFMANN, D., BENTLEY, R. A., HEDGES, R., HAMILTON, J., LAIGINHAS, F., NOWELL, G., PEARSON, D. G., GRUPE, G. & WHITTLE, A. (2011). Roots of diversity in a Linearbandkeramik community: isotope evidence at Aiterhofen (Bavaria, Germany). Antiquity, 85: 1243-1258

LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., PHILLIPS, D., BURGESS, R. & HARRIS, J. W. (2009). Re-Os and 40Ar/39Ar isotope measurements of inclusions in alluvial diamonds from the Ural Mountains: constraints on diamond genesis and eruption ages. Lithos, 112, Supp. 2: 714-723

CORREIA, E. & LAIGINHAS, F. (2006). Garnets from the Camafuca-Camazambo kimberlite (Angola). Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 78 (2): 309-315

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings and research abstracts
HUTCHINSON, M. T., DALE, C. W., NOWELL, G. M., LAIGINHAS, F. A. & PEARSON, D. G. (2012). Age constraints on ultra-deep mantle petrology shown by Juina diamonds. Proceedings of the 10th International Kimberlite Conference, Bangalore, India: 10IKC-108

LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., MCNEILL, J. C. R. & GURNEY, J. J. (2010). An integrated study of the composition of diamond-forming fluids present in diamondiferous xenoliths. Proceedings of the 61st De Beers Diamond Conference, Warwick, UK

LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., MCNEILL, J. C. R., GURNEY, J. J., NOWELL, G. M. & OTTLEY, C. J. (2010). Origins of diamond-forming fluids: An isotopic and trace element study of diamonds and silicates from diamondiferous xenoliths. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-3324

ISHIKAWA, A., LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., MARUYAMA, S., CARTIGNY, P., KETCHAM, R. A. & GURNEY, J. J. (2009). Diamond geochemistry and distribution within a highly diamondiferous eclogite xenolith from the Roberts Victor kimberlite, South Africa. Proceedings of the 60th De Beers Diamond Conference, Warwick, UK

LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., PHILLIPS, D., BURGESS, R. & HARRIS, J. W. (2008). Re–Os and 40Ar/39Ar isotope measurements of inclusions in alluvial diamonds from the Ural Mountains. Proceedings of the 9th International Kimberlite Conference, Frankfurt, Germany: 9IKC-A-00147

LAIGINHAS, F., PEARSON, D. G., PHILLIPS, D., BURGESS, R. & HARRIS, J. W. (2008). The origin of diamonds from the Urals: a Re-Os and Ar-Ar isotope study. Proceedings of the 59th De Beers Diamond Conference, Oxford, UK

LAIGINHAS, F. & HARRIS, J. W. (2007). The geochemistry of mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Ural Mountains. Proceedings of the 58th De Beers Diamond Conference, Warwick, UK

LAIGINHAS, F. & HARRIS, J. W. (2006). Diamonds from the Ural Mountains. Proceedings of the 57th De Beers Diamond Conference, Cambridge, UK

CORREIA, E., COELHO, A., LAIGINHAS, F. & MOURA, A. (2004). Preliminary data on fluid inclusions in emeralds from Tocantins (Brazil). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 68, Issue 11, Supplement 1, pp. A253