Research Focus

We focus on physical volcanology and the processes controlling persistently active volcanoes and their associated hydrothermal systems. Our current research integrates the study of geophysical signatures with geochemical and remote sensing data to investigate precursory signals to volcanic activity and the mechanisms that trigger eruptions.

We use a variety of geophysical, geochemical and remote sensing approaches to study volcanoes in the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and Hawaii.

Current Projects

Understanding the eruptive history Tseax volcano, BC

As potentially one of Canada's worst natural disasters, we are investigating the emlacement mechanisms for the 32 km long lava flow and developing a volcanic hazard map to help prepare for any future activity.

Hazards at Mt. Meager volcano, BC

This project involves identifying the main hazards of concern expected from an eruption at the Mt. Meager Volcanic Complex and the extent of these hazards spatially and temporally.

Modelling precursory signals at Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador

Cotopaxi reactivated in August 2015 after >140 years of quiescence. This project involves 3D modelling of temporal gravity and deformation data to determine the source of this eruption.

Gas geochemistry of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt & French Antilles

A comprehensive study of the volatile chemistry of mafic and intermediate rocks (using melt inclusions) aims to characterise the formation and evolution of these two volcanic arcs.

Modelling kimberlite volcanism

A retrospective study of geophysical data used for the exploration of these actively mined diamondiferous bodies aim to optimise future exploration methods.