Research follow three main themes
Volcanism - Volcanic processes, reconstruction of volcanic systems, volcanic stratigraphy, and volcano-tectonic relationships. Focus of doctoral studies and continuuing research on intraplate volcanism of Banks Peninsula.
Volcanic Hazards - effects and mitigation of volcanic ash on infrastructure, housing, and machinery. Research in close association with Thomas Wilson.
Geothermal Energy - within the Geothermal Resource Research Group and Source to Surface Research Programme. Investigating the geological and magmatic controls on geothermal systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.