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Professor Stephen Sparks

Professor Stephen Sparks

Professor Stephen Sparks
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Lond.), D.Sc.(Clermont-Ferrand), F.R.S., CBE

Professorial Research Fellow

Area of research

Quantitative studies of geological processes

Office G21
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5419


My research concerns quantitative studies of geological processes using a combination of field studies, laboratory experiments, analytical studies and theoretical modelling. My main focus has been on volcanic and igneous processes. and I have also made contributions in fundamental fluid mechanics, sedimentology, and risk assessment methodologies for natural hazards.

Research in volcanology includes: mapping of volcanoes and young volcanic deposits; monitoring of eruptions; investigation of magmatic and volcanic flows through analogue experiments, numerical modelling and theory development; petrological studies of igneous rocks; and development of novel approaches to hazard and risk assessment. Applied research includes risk assessment methodologies for environmental and natural hazards, nuclear waste disposal and mining.


  • geological processes
  • volcanic processes
  • volcanoes
  • igneous processes
  • natural hazards
  • volcanology
  • volcanic eruptions

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