Current staff members
Professor Juliet Biggs
My research focusses on using satellite data to study ground deformation and topographic changes due to volcanic, magmatic, anthropogenic and tectonic processes. I work closely with volcano observatories and space agencies to improve the availability and uptake of satellite data for volcano monitoring. I am developing machine learning approaches to manage very large datasets with applications to global volcano monitoring and detecting more localised deformation in the UK. I have worked extensively on the tectonics of the East African Rift, from the fault systems of Malawi to the magmatic systems of Ethiopia and Kenya.
My research focuses on volcanoes, why they erupt and the consequences of those eruptions; my primary approach is to combine field research with laboratory analysis of the physical and chemical properties of erupted material.
My research focuses on volcanoes and their behaviour. I combine geophysical field research with mathematical modelling to study processes in magmatic and hydrothermal systems that underpin pre-eruptive volcanic activity.
My research focuses broadly on multiphase flow processes during volcanic eruptions. A particular long-standing interest of my group is in 'multiphase rheology', where we seek to quantify how adding bubbles and particles to a melt affects its viscosity. We use a range of experimental and numerical methods to study both 'analogue' (i.e. non-magmatic) and natural magma samples from a wide range of volcanoes around the world.
My research focuses on volcanic and natural hazards. I use mathematical modelling and laboratory experimentation to develop physics-based models of volcanic activity and to predict hazard impacts and quantify risk. I often work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding of the social, physical and political dimensions of disaster risk more broadly.
Dr Jenny Riker
I’m a teaching-focused lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences with an emphasis on field-based geoscience education. I am also a member of the Volcanology and Petrology research groups. My research combines experiments, field observation, and textural and chemical characterisation of volcanic rocks to clarify the links between magmatic processes and volcanic activity.
I use laboratory experiments, theory and the geologic record to study the physical evolution of magmatic systems and volcanic hazards. Topics range from subvolcanic fluid dynamics, the breaking apart of magma during explosive eruptions, and the dispersal of fine ash fragments through the atmosphere.
Professor Matt Watson
I study volcanic emissions in order to better understand volcanic processes, hazards and environmental impacts. I use ground- UAV- and satellite-based imagery to quantify volcanic gases and ash. I specialise in Central American volcanism and work closely with government agencies there to build capacity in order to reduce risk.
Current postdoctoral researchers
Dr Fabien Albino
Dr Amanda Lindoo
Current honorary staff