I'm interested in constructing volcanic histories using both proximal (on the volcano) deposits and distal (up to 1000s km away) deposits of pumice and ash. These histories not only play a role in volcanic hazard assessment, but also inform us about the fundamental processes operating within the Earth. Currently we are constructing a volcanic history for the Santorini volcano, in the Aegean Sea, with a view to testing an hypothesis relating its activity to sea level changes over glacial and interglacial timescales.
In addition, linking the volcanic deposits from location to location can help to constrain the timescales of environmental records at each location. This tool can be used to assess the relative timing of climatic and ecological changes, providing critical insights to the patterns of future climate change as well as checks on the outputs of climate models.
Research grants and awards
NERC Grant in Kind (£54k) for Ar:Ar dating analysis (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
Priming Funding (£6k) for Electron Microprobe geochemical analysis (held at Natural History Museum, London)
Leverhulme TrustProject Partner ‘Unravelling the pattern, impacts and drivers of early modern human dispersals from Africa’ (added to this project as project partner in April 2018)
P.I. Does Sea Level Influence the Eruptive Frequency of Island Volcanoes? Collaboration with:
Darren Mark: http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/suerc/staff/markdarren/#/
John Browning: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/people/staff/research/browning
Andrew Miles: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/geology/people/miles-aj
James Lambert Smith: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/693089-
David Pyle: https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/people/pyle/
Andreas Hahn: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/staff/profile/dr-andreas-hahn-275/