Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

I studied Geological Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then completed a PhD in Volcanology, working on the Greek island volcano of Santorini, and in the East African Rift. I then held a Research Fellowship in Cambridge, spent a year as a visiting researcher at the California Institute of Technolog, before taking up a lectureship in Earth Sciences in Cambridge in 1992. Subsequently, I moved to a lectureship in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2006. My research focusses on the behaviour and histories of young and active volcanoes, with a current focus on volcanoes in Latin America (Chile, Ecuador), the Caribbean (St Vincent, Montserrat) and Ethiopia.

I am passionate about public engagement and in sharing the results of my research with wider publics. Amongst other activities, I am involved with Oxford Sparks (http://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk), London Volcano (http://www.londonvolcano.com) and Volcanoes Top Trumps (http://www.volcanoestoptrumps.org).

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Professor of Earth Sciences , University of Oxford
  • 2006–2008
    Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
  • 1992–2006
    Lecturer in Earth Sciences , University of Cambridge

Education

  • 1990 
    University of Cambridge, PhD (Volcanology/Earth Sciences)