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Dr Janine Kavanagh PhD. MSci. (she/her)

Reader in Volcanology Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences


Personal Statement

I am a volcanologist whose research combines field studies with analogue and numerical models to gain insight into the ascent and emplacement of magmas. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of magma propagation through the crust and their consequences for volcanic eruptions. I founded the University of Liverpool's MAGMA Lab for the study of volcanic plumbing systems in 2014.

I became a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in 2020, leading the multidisciplinary project "Modelling Magma movement: linking indirect observations with dynamic processes". I am President of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth Interior (IAVCEI) Commission on Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems and am Secretary of the UK's Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group. I am also Associate Editor for Frontiers in Earth Science (Petrology Section) and am on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

I am a keen advocate for raising awareness and developing policy related to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in UK volcanology, and am committed to creating and delivering outreach and public engagement activities and events in Geosciences through the GeoHub Liverpool website and YouTube Channel.

2020-2024 - UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Liverpool
2018-present - Senior Lecturer in Geology, University of Liverpool
2013-2018 - Lecturer in Geology, University of Liverpool
2011-2013 - Margaret Clayton Women in Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia
2010-2011 - Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol

Qualifications and Awards
2016 - Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
2015 - Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Distinction, University of Liverpool
2010 - PhD in Volcanology, University of Bristol, ‘Ascent and Emplacement of Kimberlite Magmas’
2005 - MSci Geology (Hons), 1st Class, University of Bristol, ‘The mechanics and propagation dynamics of sills’

Funded Fellowships

  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (UK Research and Innovation, 2020 - 2027)