Combined with our current understanding of magmatic processes and the generation of associated seismic signals, this model will enable us to estimate more precisely what the precursory sequence and its timeframe could look like as well as which types of volcanic hazards can be expected, allowing to adapt risk mitigation strategies accordingly.
I grew up in Taupo, surrounded by volcanoes, hot springs and fumaroles.The weekends spent fossicking around the hot pools looking for clay and Sulphur obviously influenced me when I ultimately chose my path through the Earth Sciences at Massey University.
I worked on Ruapehu and Tongariro volcanoes during my PhD, with Ruapehu erupting in 1995-96 to propel me in to a career in physical volcanology and volcanic hazards.
My research applies methods of geochemical, geophysical and sedimentological analysis to revealing the past history of volcanoes.
I use this history to design scenarios of possible future eruption styles and impacts and to forecast the probabilities of future eruptions.
I have worked on active volcanic eruptions and studied volcanoes throughout the world (Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Chile, Samoa, Tonga).