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Dr Alison Rust

Dr Alison Rust

Dr Alison Rust
MSc(British Columbia), PhD(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

Summary

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.

Teaching

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

I teach Volcanology to both undergraduates and MSc Volcanology students (Physical Volcanlogy and Geological Flows - EASC30047; Physics of Volcanoes and Hazardous Flows - EASCM1015) and like to pepper my lectures with magma-food analogies.

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

 

My teaching-related roles:

Exams Officer (including chairing School Exam Boards, participating in School Extenuating Circustances meetings and Science Faculty Exam Boards; I also handle plagiarism cases)

Member of the Teaching Learning and Assessment Committee

 

Keywords

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

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Rust currently teaches 3 courses:

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