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Senior Lecturer in Volcanology, University of South Wales

I am a British-born volcanologist with about 25 years of research and teaching experience at Universities in the United States, South Africa and UK. I pioneered the use of lithofacies analysis of clastic rocks generated by volcano-ice interaction to interpret depositional environments and edifice evolution (Skilling, 1994; Smellie and Skilling, 1994), and have continued to focus on the interpretation of a wide range of volcaniclastic rocks (Busby et al., 2008; McClintock et al., 2008, Skilling, 2002a, b; Skilling, 2009, Edwards et al., 2009, Graettinger et al., 2012 etc). I was a volcanologist with the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge, UK), and have undertaken geologic consultancy projects for several mining companies in South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, and collaborated on geothermal exploration programs in Kenya (UNDP). I have a particular passion for field studies, and have led 25+ fieldtrips (often with undergraduate and postgraduate students) in many parts of the world, including Iceland, Kenya, Antarctica, UK, Canada, California, Hawaii, Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa. My most recent areas of research focus is Iceland and Oregon. I was co-leader of the IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior) Commission on Volcanogenic Sediments for 4 years
2012-present. Senior Lecturer (University of South Wales)Volcanogenic Sediments (CVS) for 4 years (1998-2002) with Dr James White (volcanologist, University of Otago, New Zealand)


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    Senior lecturer, University of South Wales