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Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO

Jess comes from Dunedin, in New Zealand, and studied geology at Otago University before moving to Canberra to complete a PhD on the physics of lava flow emplacement at the ANU. He's currently working at the CSIRO on the dynamics of magmatic sulfide ore bodies.

Jess's research interests include: geological fluid mechanics; physical volcanology; structural and metamorphic geology and petrology and sometimes the philosophy of science.


  • 2012–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO
  • 2008–2012
    Graduate Student, RSES, Australian National University
  • 2005–2007
    Research Internship, RSES, Australian National University


  • 2007 
    University of Otago, BSc(Hons)
  • 2002 
    Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, DipABRSM

Research Areas

  • Volcanology (040314)
  • Geology (0403)
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (040403)
  • Fluid Physics (020303)
  • Physical Sciences (02)
  • Earth Sciences (04)
  • Structural Geology (040312)
  • Igneous And Metamorphic Petrology (040304)