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Professor Juliet Biggs


I received BA and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences in 2003 from the University of Cambridge where I specialised in geology and geophysics. Since then, I’ve been using Earth Observation data to study active tectonic processes such as earthquakes and volcanoes. I received my PhD in 2007 for my work on the earthquake cycle in Alaska. Currently, my work focusses on understanding the volcanic and magmatic processes that cause deformation over a range of timescales. In Central and South America, we are working with volcanic observatories to integrate satellite observations with traditional ground-based monitoring methods and hazard analyses. In East Africa, we are working to understand how and where magma rises and strain accumulates in an active continental rift.  I was awarded the 2012 Winton Capital Award of the Royal Astronomical Society, the 2014 Lloyds of London Science of Risk Prize, the Bullerwell Lecture of the British Geophysical Association in 2016 and the American Geophysial Union (AGU) Geodesy Section Award in 2017.