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Eliza Calder

Personal Chair of Volcanology

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Bristol
Dynamics of small to intermediate volume pyroclastic flows
Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseVolcanology, Physical volcanology, Natural Hazards

Current Research Interests

My research is in the area of volcanology, especially the physical nature of volcanic processes. My research encompasses the study of the driving forces and controlling parameters of volcanic eruptive activity from the subsurface to the external environment, the emplacement mechanisms of volcanic flows, and the analysis of volcanic hazards. I employ a combination of approaches to study these processes including: (1) field-based studies on the resultant deposits in order to infer emplacement mechanisms; (2) deployment of instruments and collection of monitoring data to measure dynamical aspects of the processes as they ensue; (3) laboratory analog experiments to study simplified systems in a controlled environment in order to elucidate the controlling parameters and; (4) application of computational models to recreate conditions of past events and forward-model for investigating potential future hazards. Much of my work involves multi-disciplinary collaborations, especially with colleagues from the fields of applied mathematics, engineering and statistics. Other aspects of my work involve direct application of the outputs of volcanic hazard research which is often undertaken in collaboration with volcano observatories or government institutions responsible for mitigation of volcanic hazards.

Visiting and Research Positions

Visiting Associate Professor

State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

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