Volcano Emoji Quiz

The aim of the game is simple, work out which volcanoes are represented by the emoji shown. Some of them are hopefully quite straight-forward, others are more obscure. (Answers are at the bottom) I first put this quiz out on Twitter, and withheld the answers so no one had their attempts ruined by possible spoilers.Continue reading “Volcano Emoji Quiz”

No, we did not ‘predict’ an eruption

The last seven days have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Not only did I start my new job as a lecturer at the University of Exeter (Cornwall campus), but I had a paper published in Scientific Reports. The paper generated quite a media buzz with all sorts of flashy headlines attached. Unfortunately,Continue reading “No, we did not ‘predict’ an eruption”

Volcanoes, hazards and community engagement

I have recently(ish) returned from two weeks of fieldwork in Ecuador and Colombia. These two countries are threatened by a variety of different volcanic hazards (and seismic hazards, too, of course), and this was the motivation for our trip. The visit was part of the STREVA project – an interdisciplinary research project combining volcanologists and social scientists.Continue reading “Volcanoes, hazards and community engagement”

Two weeks in the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’

(Originally posted on the Bristol University BDC Blog) Workshops, conferences, field work – national and international travel is an essential part of many PhD programs. I’ve been lucky enough to see numerous new parts of the globe during my studies, and, less luckily, numerous different airport layovers (I’m currently writing this post from a corridorContinue reading “Two weeks in the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’”

Science Snap (#33): Earth Science Week

(Originally posted on the Between a Rock blog) Earth Science Week is an international initiative to promote the great work that goes on in the geoscience community. It encompasses a huge range of topics; from dinosaurs to glaciers, and volcanoes to meteorites. There’s something for everybody. For an overview of how geoscience can have aContinue reading “Science Snap (#33): Earth Science Week”

Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…

As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’mContinue reading “Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…”

Tragic Sinabung Eruption

Originally posted on the Between a Rock blog and the EGU blog network. Last Saturday (1st February 2014) an eruption at Sinabung volcano in Indonesia claimed the lives of 14 people. That death toll has since risen to 16, and could rise further as people battle in hospital with severe burns and other wounds. The volcano has been eruptingContinue reading “Tragic Sinabung Eruption”