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Dr Alison Rust

Dr Alison Rust

Dr Alison Rust
M.Sc.(British Columbia), Ph.D.(Oregon)

Reader in Physical Volcanology

Area of research

Physical volcanology

Office IC003
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5303


I study the dynamics of volcanic processes using a combination of laboratory experiments, theoretical fluid mechanics, fieldwork and petrology. Current projects include the effects of crystals and bubbles on magma convection, the origins of acoustic and seismic oscillations at volcanoes, and mechanisms and consequences of gas movement through magmas.

My research is motivated by volcanic problems but there are broader applications. I like to work with geoscientists, mathematicians and engineers to explore connections between environmental, geophysical and industrial issues.


I take advanced undergraduate students to Santorini Volcano in Greece (Advanced Earth Sciences Fieldwork - EASCM0051) 

I teach Physical Volcanology (EASC30062) to both undergraduates and MSc Volcanology students and like to pepper my lectures with magma-food analogies.

I have also been helping with the unit EASCM0050: Natural Hazards in Central America (without fieldwork).

I have four undergraduate tutorial groups, one in each year of study. 


I am currently the Faculty Quality Team chair for the Faculty of Science and am a member of the university Academic Quality and Standards Committee.


  • volcanic processes
  • petrology
  • theoretical fluid mechanics
  • crystals
  • volcanic problems
  • magma convection
  • volcanoes
  • Volcanology

Recent publications

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