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Professor Yan Lavallee B.Sc., M.Sc., Dr.Rer.Nat

Chair of Volcanology and Magmatic Processes Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

    Research

    Research interest

    My principal research interest is the rheological and mechanical description of magma and rocks, and their impact on volcanic, geothermal and earthquake processes. My research integrates methods and instruments from different disciplines in an effort to link classic geological field techniques to petrology, geochemistry, mineralogy, material science and geophysics in order to advance the models of the Earth. Contributions have been made to the problems of magma evolution and transport, lava dome eruptions, material failure and eruption forecasting techniques, caldera formation, volcanic earthquake dynamics, kimberlite eruptions, phreatic eruptions, extraterrestrial volcanism, sintering processes, fault slip mechanics, concrete research, and fire hazards.

    Research Grants

    Explore the magma frontier to unlock the full potential of geothermal energy

    LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

    August 2019 - November 2021

    SLiM- Strain Localisation in Magma

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    October 2012 - June 2018

    Shedding new light on volcanoes: real time synchrotron x-ray tomography of magmatic phenomena

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    June 2015 - August 2018

    Mechanical and permeability constraints for improved geothermal reservoir exploitation at Krafla, Iceland

    LANDSVIRKJUN (ICELAND)

    June 2015 - June 2019

    Rapid deployment of a multi-parameter geophysical experiment at Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala, following a marked increase in explosive activity

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    June 2016 - June 2017

    Assessment of on-going hazards of persistency active volcanoes & understand structural instabilities

    THE DAIWA ANGLO-JAPANESE FOUNDATION (UK)

    November 2015 - November 2016