Research

Overview

My primary research interests are in the processes controlling the dynamics of active and restless volcanoes and the geophysical signals they produce, with an overarching aim of helping to improve eruption forecasting capabilities.

I have further research interests in novel geophysical monitoring methods, the use of drones and UAV’s for surveying and monitoring, reservoir geomechanics, landslide and slope stability, and volcanic risk reduction.

I am always interested to hear from prospective research students (MSc/MRes and PhD) or postdoctoral researchers. If you like the sound of my research and would love to get involved then please get in touch. I currently have funding opportunities, or we can seek out funding opportunities together.

My previous postdoctoral research was focused on the monitoring of volcano deformation with the use of satellite InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar). This role combined both research and operational/national capability responsibilities to provide timely information to the British Government and Latin American volcano observatories. I was tasked with processing and analysing InSAR data for volcanic unrest and eruption across the globe, and combining satellite and ground-based observations to develop new monitoring strategies. I also took a lead role in developing a volcano deformation database.

My previous research (PhD and short term postdoctoral position) was specifically focused on examining and modelling the mechanical processes that cause and contribute to volcanic deformation during unrest periods. Ultimately the goal was to improve our understanding of precursory eruptive signals, through better knowledge of the subsurface processes that cause them, to enhance forecasting and mitigation efforts.

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