I am broadly interested in natural hazards and risk management and particularly in volcanoes, how they work, how they have behaved in the past and what they might do next. My main research has been in Iceland - I carried out my PhD on Katla eruptive activity and subglacial floods (jökulhlaups) which led on to a thorough hazard assessment for Katla and Eyjafjallajökull with Icelandic colleagues. Since then the volcanoes Katla, Eyjafjallajokull, Hekla and Snaefellsjokull have been particular foci, using volcanic ash layers (tephra), other volcaniclastic deposits and volcanoglacial landscape mapping to understand eruptive history.
As well as my own research interests I enjoy supervising student research across a broad range of themes, from physical volcanology to risk perception and communication for a wide range of natural hazards in the UK and elsewhere, and the new ideas that teaching and supporting student research can generate.
I am based in Cornwall at the University of Exeter.