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Geoscientist, University of Exeter

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. most recently I have been carrying out research on the perception of mining-related risks, and the environmental and social impacts associated with this raw material exploration and extraction.

As well as my own research interests I have enjoyed learning from the experience of teaching, from physical volcanology to risk perception and communication for a wide range of natural hazards in the UK and elsewhere, and I find it interesting what new ideas teaching and supporting student research can generate. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am based in Cornwall at Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.


  • 2020–present
    Research fellow (GREENPEG), Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter
  • 2017–2020
    Project manager (HiTech AlkCarb), Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter
  • 2012–2017
    Lecturer in Physical Geography, Geography, University of Exeter
  • 2010–2012
    Visiting research fellow, Universities of Iceland and Edinburgh
  • 2005–2010
    Research associate, Nordic Volcanological Center, University of Iceland


  • 2004 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD / Geoscience