Geohazards and Risk

Lecturer in Volcanology

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 2544

Research Groups: 

  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Geohazards and Risk

Research Institutes: 

  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Volcanoes are exciting and dangerous phenomena that affect us globally. They appeal to our imaginations, but for those living in the shadow of an active volcano they represent a real threat. Although volcanoes have fascinated us for generations, there is still much we have yet to understand about them.

My research focuses on understanding the evolution of the eruptible magma that feed volcanic eruptions and the timescales over which this magma forms. Magma is composed of a mixture of molten rock, solid particles termed crystals and gas. The genesis of magma is complex. Although ultimately sourced from the mantle, the composition is often modified during assent through a combination of processes.

I use a combination of geochemical techniques including (SEM, (FEG)-EPMA, LA-ICPMS, TOF-SIMS, NanoSIMS) to interrogate the individual components of a magma to decipher its evolution during its complex history. This often includes a significant amount of development of new analytical protocols in order for us to obtain the analyses we will require.

Professor of Geophysics

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Telephone: 

+ 44 (0) 131 650 4904

Research Groups: 

  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Earth Resources
  • Observation and Imaging
  • Geohazards and Risk

Research Institutes: 

  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Geomagnetism; dynamics and thermal history of the Earth's core; geophysical inverse theory; electromagnetic induction.

Published on: 

Mon, 11/06/2018

A leading volcanologist from the University's School of GeoSciences is working with authorities in Guatemala to produce a crisis hazard map in the wake of the Fuego volcano eruption.

Volcán de Fuego, taken 8th June 2018. Image credit: Conred Guatemala CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Professor Kathy Whaler was presented with her OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on 20th March. 

Professor Whaler is Chair of Geophysics, and is amongst ten staff members from the University of Edinburgh to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Kathy Whaler is made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on 20th March. Copyright: PA Images

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