I graduated from Keele with a BSc Geology with Physical Geography obtaining a First Class Honours in 2015. For my Third year mapping project I spent 3 weeks mapping the area around Cospedal, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain. For this I was awarded the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain – Young Professionals (PESGB-YP) undergraduate mapping bursary.

In 2016, I obtained a Distinction in MSc Geoscience Research from Keele University. My masters project focused upon the Geochemical and Petrographical evolution of the Skaros lava shield, Santorini, Greece. I was awarded a Keele Postgraduate Support Scheme Scholarship for £10,000 to complete this masters.

I am continuing to study at Keele, with a PhD, examining ‘The transitions in eruption styles of arc eruptions’.

Research and scholarship


The transitions in eruption styles of arc eruptions

Volcanic eruptions occurring in volcanic arcs, often exhibit shifts in eruption styles from explosive to effusive activity or vice versa. These transitions are often rapid and accompanied by a shift in eruptive products e.g. from ash or pumice to lava flows. The causes of transitions in eruption styles have previously been examined at various arc volcanoes (e.g. Mount Taranaki, New Zealand (Platz et al. 2007); Merapi, Indonesia (Preece et al. 2016); Mount Pelee, Martinique (Martel et al. 1998) to name just a few). However, up to now, no extensive research has been conducted in the Aeolian Islands. Furthermore, previous research has highlighted the causes of transitions in eruption styles appear to be confined to each location, as transitions in eruption styles are caused by a unique and complex interplay of shallow sub-surface and conduit processes (e.g. fractionation, magma recharge, varying magma ascent rates, volatile loss and related crystallisation), and other factors such as open- versus closed-system degassing and rheological changes during magma ascent (e.g. Martel et al. 1998; Platz et al. 2007; Preece et al. 2016 and references therein).

This project will investigate selected eruptions in the Aeolian arc, where small to medium magnitude eruptions occur regularly and are frequently characterised by transitions in eruption style on various timescales, often with an initial explosive phase followed by an effusive phase (e.g. De Astis et al. 2013). The project will initially focus on three case studies: the la Fossa cone on Vulcano, the Southern Lipari lava domes and the Grey Porri Tuffs on Salina. A comprehensive understanding of the causes of the transitions in eruption styles observed in the Aeolian Islands will have large-scale implications for volcanic hazard management in the region. The project will adopt a multi-proxy approach, utilising a combination of petrology and geochemistry to understand the magmatic processes and storage conditions prior to and leading up to selected eruptions. It will also investigate the role of volatiles in the magmatic system through the study of melt inclusions.

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