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).