Current staff members

Professor Juliet Biggs
My research focusses on using satellite data to study ground deformation and topographic changes due to volcanic, magmatic, anthropogenic and tectonic processes. I work closely with volcano observatories and space agencies to improve the availability and uptake of satellite data for volcano monitoring. I am developing machine learning approaches to manage very large datasets  with applications to global volcano monitoring and  detecting more localised deformation in the UK. I have worked extensively on the tectonics of the East African Rift, from the fault systems of Malawi to the magmatic systems of Ethiopia and Kenya. 

Dr Richard Brooker
I manage the experimental petrology facilities, with projects ranging from planetary mantle petrology, crustal processes such as magma mushes through to volcanology, with a particular interest in the role of volatiles and more recently rheology. Other current research interests include ash damage in jet engines, survival of DNA and organic material during diagenesis and the environmental impact of mining ‘sulphide smoker’ deposits from mid-ocean ridges. I have a keen interest pushing experimental boundaries by designing new experimental equipment in close collaboration with our workshop.

Professor Kathy Cashman 
My research focuses on volcanoes, why they erupt and the consequences of those eruptions; my primary approach is to combine field research with laboratory analysis of the physical and chemical properties of erupted material.

Professor Joachim Gottsmann
My research focuses on volcanoes and their behaviour. I combine geophysical field research with mathematical modelling to study processes in magmatic and hydrothermal systems that underpin pre-eruptive volcanic activity.  
Professor Heidy Mader
My research focuses broadly on multiphase flow processes during volcanic eruptions. A particular long-standing interest of my group is in 'multiphase rheology', where we seek to quantify how adding bubbles and particles to a melt affects its viscosity. We use a range of experimental and numerical methods to study both 'analogue' (i.e. non-magmatic) and natural magma samples from a wide range of volcanoes around the world.
Professor Jeremy Phillips
My research focuses on volcanic and natural hazards. I use mathematical modelling and laboratory experimentation to develop physics-based models of volcanic activity and to predict hazard impacts and quantify risk. I often work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding of the social, physical and political dimensions of disaster risk more broadly. 
Dr Jenny Riker
I’m a teaching-focused lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences with an emphasis on field-based geoscience education. I am also a member of the Volcanology and Petrology research groups. My research combines experiments, field observation, and textural and chemical characterisation of volcanic rocks to clarify the links between magmatic processes and volcanic activity. 
Dr Peter Rowley
My research centres on improving our understanding of the structure and stability of volcanic deposits.  I use experimental techniques to explore how volcanic sediments accumulate, their mechanical properties, and to better understand the currents that transport them. Coupled with field observations, this work helps link our field observations to physical processes, and the hazards they pose.
Professor Alison Rust
I use laboratory experiments, theory and the geologic record to study the physical evolution of magmatic systems and volcanic hazards.  Topics range from subvolcanic fluid dynamics, the breaking apart of magma during explosive eruptions, and the dispersal of fine ash fragments through the atmosphere.
Professor Matt WatsonResearch Group Leader
I study volcanic emissions in order to better understand volcanic processes, hazards and environmental impacts. I use ground- UAV- and satellite-based imagery to quantify volcanic gases and ash. I specialise in Central American volcanism and work closely with government agencies there to build capacity in order to reduce risk.
Dr Luke Wedmore

Current postdoctoral researchers

Dr Fabien Albino
My main research focuses on the interpretation of ground deformation signals and topographic changes associated with volcanic eruptions. I use radar interferometry (InSAR) and numerical modelling based on the Finite Element Method (FEM). During my past experience, I worked on Icelandic and Congo volcanoes. More recently, I have been involved in the scientific response of the 2017 Agung eruption and the 2018 Fuego eruption (Guatemala). My work is to provide useful satellite products and to develop automated approaches for the detection of ground deformation, with the aim to support the real-time monitoring of volcanic unrest.

Dr Amanda Lindoo

Ailsa Naismith
My research focusses on volcanic flow hazards in Central America. I study patterns in eruptive activity through satellite and geophysical timeseries and explore how different people observe and interpret eruptions. I work with other disciplines and non-academics to understand collective memory of past events.

Current honorary staff

Professor Stephen Sparks

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