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Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geoscience Communication, University of Twente and Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University

Heather Handley is a volcano scientist, Associate Professor in Volcanic Hazards and Geoscience Communication at the University of Twente and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She is a 2021-2022 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM. Heather is Co-Founder and President of the Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia Network (WOMEESA). Heather holds a PhD in Volcano Geochemistry from Durham University, UK and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from The University of Edinburgh, UK. In 2012, Heather was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to advance our understanding of the timescales of Earth-system process. Heather received the 2021 Geological Society of Australia (GSA) Beryl Nashar Award and is a Governing Councillor of the GSA. She received an AIPS NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2014. Heather frequently writes for The Conversation, has given over 100 television, radio and print interviews and she has featured in documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery Channel Science. She is Co-Founder and Director of the Earth Futures Festival.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor, University of Twente
  • 2021–present
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University
  • 2021–present
    Honorary Associate Professor, Macquarie University
  • 2018–2021
    Associate Professor, Macquarie University
  • 2012–2018
    Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2009–2012
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2007–2008
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Macquarie University


  • 2006 
    Durham University, PhD Volcanology and Geochemistry
  • 2001 
    Edinburgh University, BSc Honours (1st Class) Geology