We conduct cutting-edge research into the deformation and volcanological processes that shape our planet; from brittle faults and earthquakes, to ductile shear zones, mountain building, mantle flow and volcano eruption dynamics.
Our internationally known research group brings together expertise in fault mechanics, the microstructure of brittle and ductile rocks, ore deposits and many key aspects of volcanology, including the mechanics of eruptions and volcano deformation, the dynamics and nature of pyroclastic flows, and geophysical monitoring of volcanoes.
We combine field studies around the world with experiments, real-time measurements and numerical modelling. Our cutting-edge laboratory facilities include novel high-pressure, high-temperature deformation apparatus, state-of-the-art electron microscopy and the latest analytical equipment.
The group’s research is advancing our understanding of the fundamental physical processes in Earth Sciences, making the world a safer, more sustainable place - by enabling emerging technologies such as CO₂ sequestration in hydrocarbon reservoirs, and hazard assessment of earthquakes and volcanoes.