Lifer Lab


Volcanology research in the Department uses a range of state-of-the-art monitoring, analytical, experimental, and analogue equipment, located in the Jane Herdman building.  

See below the full details of our facilities.  


If you are interested in visiting or working with us, please contact the named staff directly. 

Janine Kavanagh 

Silvio De Angelis 

Thomas Jones  

Instruments and Capabilities

Mechanical and Geological Model Analogues (MAGMA) : A key aspect for volcanological research, this laboratory facilitates the preparation, running and monitoring of geological analogue experiments. 

Rheometry : This laboratory is for quantification of physical properties of analogue fluids and suspensions. 

Rock Preparation and Microscopy : Across the department rock preparation tools allow the production of samples for all experiments, and facilities exist for optical microscopy and imaging for dedicated use in the volcanology group. 

Volcano : Integral to all volcanology studies, our range of geophysical and observational monitoring equipment and field tools enable a diverse and thorough understanding of volcanic activity from unrest, lava effusion and persistent activity through to catastrophic eruption. 

The volcanology group collaborate with other groups within School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, and utilise facilities including the Geomagnetism Laboratory, EBSD-SEM Electron Microscopy Laboratory and Rock Deformation Laboratory.