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School of Earth and Environment
+64 3 3694437
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 213
My research and teaching are driven by a love of volcanoes, and fueled by experiments and projects that are fun, exciting, and important to society
I love rocks and working out why volcanoes erupt in various different ways. To do this I travel to various volcanoes all around New Zealand (e.g. Tongariro, Ruapehu, White Island, Auckland, Banks Peninsula and the world (e.g. Krafla, Iceland, Puyueyue, Chile, Kilauea, Hawaii, Yasur, Vanuatu) and collect rocks.I then take the rocks back to UC and do various experiments to learn more about the eruptions that they originated from.Some fun projects I am involved in at the moment are:Shaking Magma to drive volcanic eruptions.Drilling into a magma chamber at Krafla in Iceland to make geothermal energy.Mapping the hazard and impact from volcanic ballistics using drones and cannons.Making lava flows in the labResearching how students learn on virtual and real fieldtrips.Linking eruption video observations with monitoring data at White island, New Zealand and Yasur, Vanuatu