Dr Ralf Gertisser

Title: Senior Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology
Phone: (+44) 01782 7 33181
Email: r.gertisser@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith Building : WS 1.42
Role: Research Centre Lead: Centre for Geography, Geology and Environment
Programme Director: MSc Geoscience Research
Contacting me: Try my office or email me to make an appointment
Ralf Gertisser

I studied Geology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Oregon, USA, and received a diploma degree (M.Sc.) in Geology from the University of Freiburg in 1996 with a thesis on the volcanological and geochemical evolution of Monte Fossa delle Felci (Salina, Aeolian Islands, Italy). In 2001, I obtained a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in Mineralogy from the University of Freiburg with a study on the eruptive history and magmatic evolution of Merapi volcano, Indonesia.

After postdoctoral positions at the University of Freiburg and The Open University, I joined the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele University in 2005 as a lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012.

Field Photograph I have a wide range of interests in the fields of igneous petrology and volcanology. At present, these are focused on the following themes:

  • Volcanostratigraphy
  • Magma genesis and evolution in volcanic arcs and other geodynamic settings
  • Magmatic processes and their impact on eruption dynamics
  • Rates and timescales of magmatic processes using short-lived isotopes
  • Volatile behaviour in volcanic systems and the environmental impact of volcanic eruptions
  • Emplacement of pyroclastic density currents
  • Volcanic hazards and risks

Current study and field areas include:

  • Aeolian Islands (Italy)
  • Azores (Portugal)
  • Santorini (Greece)
  • Sunda arc, Indonesia (Merapi)

I am a member of the Keele Petrology Group, and research centre lead of the Centre of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

Selected Publications

  • Handley HK, Reagan M, Gertisser R, Preece K, Berlo K, McGee LE, Barclay J, Herd R. 2018. Timescales of magma ascent and degassing and the role of crustal assimilation at Merapi volcano (2006-2010), Indonesia: constraints from uranium-series and radiogenic isotopic compositions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 222, 34-52. doi>
  • Hepworth LN, O'Driscoll B, Gertisser R, Daly JS, Emeleus CH. 2017. Incremental Construction of the Unit 10 Peridotite, Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 58(1), 137-166. link> doi>
  • Karátson D, Veres D, Wulf S, Gertisser R, Magyari E, Bormann M. 2017. The youngest volcanic eruptions in East- Central Europe—new findings from the Ciomadul lava dome complex, East Carpathians, Romania. Geology Today, vol. 33(2), 60-65. doi> link>
  • Bullock LA, Gertisser R, O'Driscoll B. 2017. Spherulite formation in obsidian lavas in the Aeolian Islands, Italy. PERIODICO DI MINERALOGIA, vol. 86(1), 37-54. link> doi>
  • Wulf S, Fedorowicz S, Veres D, Lanczont M, Karatson D, Gertisser R, Bormann M, Magyari E, Appelt O, Hambach U, Gozhyk PF. 2016. The "Roxolany Tephra' (Ukraine) - new evidence for an origin from Ciomadul volcano, East Carpathians. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, vol. 31(6), 565-576. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • Handley HK, Reagan M, Gertisser R, Preece K, Berlo K, McGee LE, Barclay J, Herd R. 2018. Timescales of magma ascent and degassing and the role of crustal assimilation at Merapi volcano (2006-2010), Indonesia: constraints from uranium-series and radiogenic isotopic compositions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 222, 34-52. doi>
  • Hepworth LN, O'Driscoll B, Gertisser R, Daly JS, Emeleus CH. 2017. Incremental Construction of the Unit 10 Peridotite, Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 58(1), 137-166. link> doi>
  • Karátson D, Veres D, Wulf S, Gertisser R, Magyari E, Bormann M. 2017. The youngest volcanic eruptions in East- Central Europe—new findings from the Ciomadul lava dome complex, East Carpathians, Romania. Geology Today, vol. 33(2), 60-65. doi> link>
  • Bullock LA, Gertisser R, O'Driscoll B. 2017. Spherulite formation in obsidian lavas in the Aeolian Islands, Italy. PERIODICO DI MINERALOGIA, vol. 86(1), 37-54. link> doi>
  • Wulf S, Fedorowicz S, Veres D, Lanczont M, Karatson D, Gertisser R, Bormann M, Magyari E, Appelt O, Hambach U, Gozhyk PF. 2016. The "Roxolany Tephra' (Ukraine) - new evidence for an origin from Ciomadul volcano, East Carpathians. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, vol. 31(6), 565-576. link> doi>
  • Preece K, Gertisser R, Barclay J, Charbonnier SJ, Komorowski J-C, Herd RA. 2016. Transitions between explosive and effusive phases during the cataclysmic 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, vol. 78(8), Article ARTN 54. link> doi>
  • Karatson D, Wulf S, Veres D, Magyari EK, Gertisser R, Timar-Gabor A, Novothny A, Telbisz T, Szalai Z, Anechitei-Deacu V, Appelt O, Bormann M, Janosi C, Hubay K, Schaebitz F. 2016. The latest explosive eruptions of Ciomadul (Csomad) volcano, East Carpathians - A tephrostratigraphic approach for the 51-29 ka BP time interval. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 319, 29-51. link> doi>
  • Jeffery AJ, Gertisser R, O'Driscoll B, Pacheco JM, Whitley S, Pimentel A, Self S. 2016. Temporal evolution of a post-caldera, mildly peralkaline magmatic system: Furnas volcano, Sao Miguel, Azores. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 171(5), Article ARTN 42. link> doi>
  • Jeffery AJ, Gertisser R, Jackson RA, O'Driscoll B, Kronz A. 2016. On the compositional variability of dalyite, K2ZrSi6O15: a new occurrence from Terceira, Azores. MINERALOGICAL MAGAZINE, vol. 80(4), 547-565. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R and Self S. The great 1815 eruption of Tambora and future risks from large-scale volcanism. Geology Today, vol. 31(4), 132-136. doi>
  • Tomlinson EL, Smith VC, Albert PG, Aydar E, Civetta L, Cioni R, Cubukcu E, Gertisser R, Isaia R, Menzies MA, Orsi G, Rosi M, Zanchetta G. 2015. The major and trace element glass compositions of the productive Mediterranean volcanic sources: tools for correlating distal tephra layers in and around Europe. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 118, 48-66. link> doi>
  • Moseley DB, Pringle JK, Haslam RB, Egan SS, Rogers SL, Gertisser R, Cassidy NJ, Stimpson I. 2015. Geophysical surveys to help map buried igneous intrusions, Snowdonia, North Wales, UK. Geology Today, vol. 31(3), 109-115. doi> link>
  • Self S and Gertisser R. 2015. Tying down eruption risk. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, vol. 8(4), 248-250. link> doi>
  • Karátson D and Gertisser R. 2015. A Jáva-szigeti Merapi 2010-es kitörése: természet és társadalom kapcsolata a Föld legnépesebb vulkánzigetén. Magyar Tudomány, vol. 3, 311-321.
  • Preece K, Gertisser R, Barclay J, Berlo K, Herd RA, Facility EIM. 2014. Pre- and syn-eruptive degassing and crystallisation processes of the 2010 and 2006 eruptions of Merapi volcano, Indonesia. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 168(4), Article ARTN 1061. link> doi>
  • Handley HK, Blichert-Toft J, Gertisser R, Macpherson CG, Turner SP, Zaennudin A, Abdurrachman M. 2014. Insights from Pb and O isotopes into along-arc variations in subduction inputs and crustal assimilation for volcanic rocks in Java, Sunda arc, Indonesia. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 139, 205-226. link> doi>
  • Keller J, Gertisser R, Reusser E, Dietrich V. 2014. Pumice deposits of the Santorini Lower Pumice 2 eruption on Anafi island, Greece: Indications for a Plinian event of exceptional magnitude. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 278, 120-128. link> doi>
  • Lucchi F, Gertisser R, Keller J, Forni F, De Astis G, Tranne CA. 2013. Eruptive history and magmatic evolution of the island of Salina (central Aeolian archipelago). vol. 37, 155-211. doi>
  • Jeffery AJ, Gertisser R, Troll VR, Jolis EM, Dahren B, Harris C, Tindle AG, Preece K, O'Driscoll B, Humaida H, Chadwick JP. 2013. The pre-eruptive magma plumbing system of the 2007-2008 dome-forming eruption of Kelut volcano, East Java, Indonesia. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 166(1), 275-308. link> doi>
  • Derbyshire EJ, O'Driscoll B, Lenaz D, Gertisser R, Kronz A. 2013. Compositionally heterogeneous podiform chromitite in the Shetland Ophiolite Complex (Scotland): Implications for chromitite petrogenesis and late-stage alteration in the upper mantle portion of a supra-subduction zone ophiolite. LITHOS, vol. 162, 279-300. link> doi>
  • Gardner MF, Troll VR, Gamble JA, Gertisser R, Hart GL, Ellam RM, Harris C, Wolff JA. 2013. Crustal Differentiation Processes at Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 54(1), 149-182. link> doi>
  • Charbonnier SJ, Germa A, Connor CB, Gertisser R, Preece K, Komorowski J-C, Lavigne F, Dixon T, Connor L. 2013. Evaluation of the impact of the 2010 pyroclastic density currents at Merapi volcano from high-resolution satellite imagery, field investigations and numerical simulations. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 261, 295-315. link> doi>
  • Magee C, O'Driscoll B, Petronis MS, Stevenson CTE, Clay PL, Gertisser R. 2013. Magma Rheology Variations in Sheet Intrusions of the Ardnamurchan Central Complex (Scotland) Inferred from Gabbro Inclusion Characteristics. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 54(1), 75-102. link> doi>
  • Troll VR, Deegan FM, Jolis EM, Harris C, Chadwick JP, Gertisser R, Schwarzkopf LM, Borisova AY, Bindeman IN, Sumarti S, Preece K. 2013. Magmatic differentiation processes at Merapi Volcano: inclusion petrology and oxygen isotopes. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 261, 38-49. link> doi>
  • Komorowski J-C, Jenkins S, Baxter PJ, Picquout A, Lavigne F, Charbonnier S, Gertisser R, Preece K, Cholik N, Budi-Santoso A, Surono. 2013. Paroxysmal dome explosion during the Merapi 2010 eruption: Processes and facies relationships of associated high-energy pyroclastic density currents. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 261, 260-294. link> doi>
  • Preece K, Barclay J, Gertisser R, Herd RA. 2013. Textural and micro-petrological variations in the eruptive products of the 2006 dome-forming eruption of Merapi volcano, Indonesia: Implications for sub-surface processes. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 261, 98-120. link> doi>
  • Clay PL, O'Driscoll B, Gertisser R, Busemann H, Sherlock SC, Kelley SP. 2013. Textural characterization, major and volatile element quantification and Ar-Ar systematics of spherulites in the Rocche Rosse obsidian flow, Lipari, Aeolian Islands: a temperature continuum growth model. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 165(2), 373-395. link> doi>
  • Altunkaynak S, Dilek Y, Genc CS, Sunal G, Gertisser R, Furnes H, Foland KA, Yang J. 2012. Spatial, temporal and geochemical evolution of Oligo-Miocene granitoid magmatism in western Anatolia, Turkey. GONDWANA RESEARCH, vol. 21(4), 961-986. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R, Charbonnier SJ, Keller J, Quidelleur X. 2012. The geological evolution of Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, vol. 74(5), 1213-1233. link> doi>
  • Boyce JA and Gertisser R. 2012. Variations in welding characteristics within the Plinian air-fall deposit of the Middle Pumice eruption, Santorini, Greece. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 221, 71-82. link> doi>
  • Charbonnier SJ and Gertisser R. 2012. Evaluation of geophysical mass flow models using the 2006 block-and-ash flows of Merapi Volcano, Java, Indonesia: Towards a short-term hazard assessment tool. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 231, 87-108. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R, Self S, Thomas LE, Handley HK, Van Calsteren P, Wolff JA. 2012. Processes and Timescales of Magma Genesis and Differentiation Leading to the Great Tambora Eruption in 1815. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 53(2), 271-297. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R, Cassidy NJ, Charbonnier SJ, Nuzzo L, Preece K. 2012. Overbank block-and-ash flow deposits and the impact of valley-derived, unconfined flows on populated areas at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. NATURAL HAZARDS, vol. 60(2), 623-648. link> doi>
  • O'Driscoll B, Derbyshire EJ, Gertisser R. 2012. Snapshots of ancient oceanic mantle captured in British and Irish ophiolites. GEOLOGY TODAY, vol. 28, 134-140. doi>
  • Charbonnier SJ and Gertisser R. 2011. Deposit architecture and dynamics of the 2006 block-and-ash flows of Merapi Volcano, Java, Indonesia. SEDIMENTOLOGY, vol. 58(6), 1573-1612. link> doi>
  • Handley HK, Turner S, Macpherson CG, Gertisser R, Davidson JP. 2011. Hf-Nd isotope and trace element constraints on subduction inputs at island arcs: Limitations of Hf anomalies as sediment input indicators. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, vol. 304(1-2), 212-223. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R, Charbonnier SJ, Troll VR, Keller J, Preece K, Chadwick JP, Barclay J, Herd RA. 2011. Merapi (Java, Indonesia): anatomy of a killer volcano. GEOLOGY TODAY, vol. 27, 57-62. doi>
  • Gomez C, Janin M, Lavigne F, Gertisser R, Charbonnier S, Lahitte P, Hadmoko SR, Fort M, Wassmer P, Degroot V, Murwanto H. 2010. Borobudur, a basin under volcanic influence: 361,000 years BP to present. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 196(3-4), 245-264. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R. 2010. Eyjafjallajökull volcano causes widespread disruption to European air traffic. GEOLOGY TODAY, vol. 26, 94-95. doi>
  • Adamuszek M, John T, Dabrowski M, Podladchikov YY, Gertisser R. 2009. Assimilation and diffusion during xenolith-magma interaction: a case study of the Variscan Karkonosze Granite, Bohemian Massif. MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 97(3-4), 203-222. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R, Preece K, Keller J. 2009. The Plinian Lower Pumice 2 eruption, Santorini, Greece: Magma evolution and volatile behaviour. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 186(3-4), 387-406. link> doi>
  • Charbonnier SJ and Gertisser R. 2009. Numerical simulations of block-and-ash flows using the Titan2D flow model: examples from the 2006 eruption of Merapi Volcano, Java, Indonesia. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, vol. 71(8), 953-959. link> doi>
  • Charbonnier SJ and Gertisser R. 2008. Field observations and surface characteristics of pristine block-and-ash flow deposits from the 2006 eruption of Merapi Volcano, Java, Indonesia. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 177(4), 971-982. link> doi>
  • Chadwick JP, Troll VR, Ginibre C, Morgan D, Gertisser R, Waight TE, Davidson JP. 2007. Carbonate assimilation at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia: Insights from crystal isotope stratigraphy. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 48(9), 1793-1812. link> doi>
  • Vespa M, Keller J, Gertisser R. 2006. Interplinian explosive activity of Santorini volcano (Greece) during the past 150,000 years. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 153(3-4), 262-286. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R. 2006. Explosive subaqueous volcanism; edited by J.D.L White, J.L. Smellie & D.A. Clague [Book Review]. GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE, vol. 143, 937-938.
  • Condomines M, Gauthier PJ, Tanguy JC, Gertisser R, Thouret JC, Berthommier P, Camus G. 2005. Ra-226 or Ra-226/Ba dating of Holocene volcanic rocks: application to Mt. Etna and Merapi volcanoes. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, vol. 230(3-4), 289-300. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R. 2005. Volcanic degassing; edited by C. Oppenheimer, D.M. Pyle & J. Barclay [Book Review]. GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE, vol. 142, 221-222.
  • Self S, Gertisser R, Thordarson T, Rampino MR, Wolff JA. 2004. Magma volume, volatile emissions, and stratospheric aerosols from the 1815 eruption of Tambora. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, vol. 31(20), Article ARTN L20608. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R. 2004. Volcanoes of Southern Italy; by J. Guest and co-authors [Book Review]. GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE, vol. 141, 745.
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 2003. Temporal variations in magma composition at Merapi Volcano (Central Java, Indonesia): magmatic cycles during the past 2000 years of explosive activity. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, vol. 123(1-2), 1-23. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 2003. Trace element and Sr, Nd, Pb and O isotope variations in medium-K and high-K volcanic rocks from Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia: Evidence for the involvement of subducted sediments in Sunda arc magma genesis. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, vol. 44(3), 457-489. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 2000. From basalt to dacite: origin and evolution of the calc-alkaline series of Salina, Aeolian Arc, Italy. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol. 139(5), 607-626. link> doi>
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 2000. Distribution, Thickness, Volume and Age of Pumiceous Tephra-Fall Deposits from Major Explosive Eruptions of Merapi Volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. DEUTSCHE GEOPHYSIKALISCHE GESELLSCHAFT - MITTEILUNGEN, vol. 4, 1-6.
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 1998. The Holocene volcanic activity and magmatic evolution of Merapi volcano, Central Java: constraints from stratigraphic, chronologic and geochemical data. DEUTSCHE GEOPHYSIKALISCHE GESELLSCHAFT - MITTEILUNGEN, vol. 3, 15-19.

Chapters

  • Lucchi F, Tranne CA, Keller J, Gertisser R, Forni F, De Astis G. 2013. Geological map of the island of Salina (Aeolian archipelago) [scale 1:10,000]. In The Aeolian Islands Volcanoes. Lucchi F, Peccerillo A, Keller J, Tranne CA, Rossi PL (Eds.). (vol. 37). The Geological Society of London.
  • Gertisser R, Self S, Gaspar JL, Kelley SP, Pimentel A, Eikenberg J, Barry TF, Pacheco JM, Queiroz G, Vespa M. 2010. Ignimbrite stratigraphy and chronology on Terceira Island, Azores. In Stratigraphy and Geology of Volcanic Areas. Groppelli and Viereck-Goette (Eds.). (vol. 464). Geological Society of America. doi>
  • Eisele J, Gertisser R, Montenari M. 2000. Geochemistry and provenance of Devono-Carboniferous volcano-sedimentary sequences from the Southern Vosges Basin and the geodynamic implications for the Western Moldanubian Zone. In Orogenic Processes: Quantification and Modelling in the Variscan Belt. Franke W, Haak V, Oncken O, Tanner D (Eds.). (vol. 179). The Geological Society of London. doi>

Other

  • Lucchi F, Gertisser R, Keller J, Forni F, De Astis G, Tranne CA. 2013. Geochemical dataset for Salina. link>
  • Gertisser R. 2012. Santorini - Field trip guide. European Science Foundation – EARTHTIME-EU Workshop “Absolute Timescales for the Quaternary" (pp. 1-20).
  • Gertisser R, Preece K, Berlo K, Barclay J, Herd R, Handley H, Reagan M. 2012. Volatile and light lithophile trace element geochemistry of the 2010 and other recent eruptions of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia.
  • Charbonnier SJ, Connor CB, Connor L, Dixon T, Gertisser R. 2011. Application of field observations and remote sensing to numerical modeling and hazard assessment of volcanic flows: an example from Merapi Volcano, Indonesia. CERAMAC Special Issue (vol. 3, pp. 35-38). Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • Cassidy NJ, Gertisser R, Nuzzo L, Charbonnier SJ, Preece K. 2009. Evaluating block-and-ash flows: a GPR facies approach from Merapi Volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (pp. 78-82).
  • Nuzzo L, Gertisser R, Cassidy NJ, Charbonnier SJ, Preece K. 2008. GPR facies analysis of block-and-ash flows, Merapi volcano, Central Java (Indonesia): new insights into deposit architecture and emplacement mechanisms. Proceedings of the 27th National Meeting of the Gruppo Nazionale di Geofisica della Terra Solida (pp. 458-462).
  • Gertisser R, Gaspar JL, Pacheco JM, Queiroz G, Self S, Thomas LE. 2007. Dynamics and longevity of the magmatic system of Furnas volcano, Sao Miguel, Azores. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 71, p. A318). link>
  • Troll VR, Gertisser R, Chadwick JP, Keller J, Handley HK. 2007. Magma genesis and differentiation at Merapi volcano, Sunda arc, Indonesia. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 71, p. A1038). link>
  • Handley HK, Macpherson CG, Davidson JP, Gertisser R. 2006. Along-arc heterogeneity in crustal architecture and subduction input at the Sunda arc in Java, Indonesia. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 70, p. A227). link> doi>
  • Thomas LE, Gertisser R, Self S, Handley HK. 2006. Magma generation processes and timescales leading to the great 1815 eruption of Tambora volcano, Sumbawa, Indonesia. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 70, p. A648). link> doi>
  • Troll VR, Chadwick JP, Schwarzkopf LM, Zimmer M, Gertisser R, Sulistiyo Y. 2006. Magma-crust interaction at Merapi volcano, Indonesia: Geochemical insights into volcano behaviour. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 70, p. A656). link> doi>
  • Gardner MF, Troll VR, Hart G, Gertisser R, Wolff JA, Gamble JA. 2006. Shallow-level processes at Anak Krakatau: Crystallisation and late stage crustal contamination. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 70, p. A194). link> doi>
  • Calder ES, Self S, Gertisser R, Phillips J. Forever blowing bubbles. The Royal Society, London - Summer Science Exhibition.
  • Gertisser R and Keller J. 2001. Eruptive history and magmatic evolution of Merapi Volcano (Java, Indonesia): inferences from new radiocarbon age determinations and geochemical and isotopic compositions of lavas and pyroclastic rocks. Abstract Volume – Journées Scientifiques, Clermont-Ferrand (pp. 77-80).
  • Gertisser R. 2001. Gunung Merapi (Java, Indonesien): Eruptionsgeschichte und magmatische Evolution eines Hochrisiko-Vulkans.
  • Calder ES, Self S, Gertisser R, Phillips J. Forever blowing bubbles. link>

Year 1

  • ESC-10054 : Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology (Module Leader)

Year 2

  • ESC-20001 : Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Year 3

  • ESC-30009 : Natural Hazards
  • ESC-30026 : Independent Field Project
  • ESC-30030 : Advanced Petrology and Structural Geology Field Course
  • ESC-30032 : Geoscience: Independent Field Project
  • ESC-30033 : Volcanic and Magmatic Processes (Module Leader)

Year 4 (MGeoscience)

  • ESC-40004 : Geoscience Research Project
  • ESC-40005 : Research in Context
  • ESC-40006 : Research Report
  • ESC-40015 : MGeoscience: Natural Hazards

MSc Geoscience Research - Programme Director

  • ESC-40042 : Literature Review
  • ESC-40043 : Specific Research Skills
  • ESC-40044 : Dissertation
  • ESC-40045 : Generic Research Skills
  • ESC-40046 : Research Project Design and Management (Module Leader)
  • ESC-40036 : Geoscience option module: Volcanic and Magmatic Processes (Module Leader)

Field Courses

  • ESC-10034 : Pembrokeshire
  • ESC-20001 : Shap, Cumbria
  • ESC-20039 : North Wales
  • ESC-30030 : Mull, Scotland
  • ESC-30033/40036 : Southern Italy / Santorini (Field Course Leader)

July 2001

Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), University of Freiburg, Germany (awarded "with distinction" (summa cum laude))

Thesis title: Gunung Merapi (Java, Indonesia): Eruptive history and magmatic evolution of a high-risk volcano (translated title)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Keller

Feb. 1996

Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Thesis title: Volcanological and geochemical evolution of the Monte Fossa delle Felci (Salina, Aeolian Islands) (translated title)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Keller

Sept. 2002 - Aug. 2003

Exchange Student, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Positions and Professional Experience

 

Feb. 2005 – present

Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology, Keele University, Keele, UK

Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2006

Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK

Mar. 2005 – present

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England

Aug. 2003 - Jan. 2005

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Feb. 2002 - July 2003

EU Volcano Dynamics RTN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (Feb. 2002 - May 2003) and Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, Universidade dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal (June 2003 - July 2003)

Aug. 2001 - Jan. 2002 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

Jan. 1997 - July 2001

Research Fellow at the Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

Mar. 1996 - Dec. 1996 

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

Jan. 1995 - April 1995

Internship with the United States Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaii, USA

May 1994 - June 1994

Internship with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of igneous petrology and volcanology. Present research integrates field, petrological, geochemical and geophysical methods in order to understand magmatic and volcanic processes in volcanic areas around the globe.

Current research projects focus on the following themes:

  • Volcanostratigraphy / field volcanology
  • Magma genesis and evolution in volcanic arcs
  • Rates and timescales of magmatic processes using short-lived isotopes
  • Magma chamber processes
  • Volatile emissions and climatic impact of volcanic eruptions
  • Generation, emplacement mechanisms and numerical modelling of pyroclastic flows
  • Volcanic hazards and risks

Present field areas include: Aeolian Islands, Santorini, Azores, Sunda Arc and Chilean Andes.

Recent Grants and Awards

2007

Funding Body: The Royal Society
Scheme: Conference Grants
Conference: Cities on Volcanoes 5 (COV 5), Shimabara, Japan
Amount awarded: £ 990

2007

Funding Body: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Scheme: New Investigator Grants
Project Title: New insights into the deposit architecture and emplacement mechanisms of block-and-ash flows using ground penetrating radar
Amount awarded: £ 69,694

2007 

Funding Body: The Nuffield Foundation
Scheme: Undergraduate Research Bursaries
Project Title: Reducing volcanic risk: Numerical modelling of deadly pyroclastic flows of Merapi Volcano, Indonesia, using the Titan2D program
Amount awarded: £ 1,360

2007 

Funding Body: The Mineralogical Society
Scheme: Senior Bursary Awards
Project Title: Understanding the eruptive behaviour of Merapi volcano, Indonesia: A case study of the 2006 eruption
Amount awarded: £ 300

2005

Funding Body: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Scheme: Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee / OUUSF
Project Title: The Holocene eruptive history of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia
Amount awarded: £ 7,500 (in kind)

2003

Funding Body: The Royal Society
Scheme: Joint Project Grants (PI: Prof. S. Self, The Open University)
Project Title: Assessing the threat of deadly ignimbrite eruptions, Terceira, Azores
Amount awarded: £ 10,000

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of London (Fellow since June 2006)
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI)

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