I began my volcanic studies in Iceland, looking at the geochemical and petrological evolution of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as well as the interaction of volcanic products with ice and water. I then moved onto the study of the deposits more explosive volcanoes and studied caldera successions in the English Lake District and Morocco with a brief foray into greenstone belts in Mauritania.
From 1997 I worked at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, initially focusing on gas monitoring, surveys of the lava dome, collection and analysis of tephra, pyroclastic flows and surges and the impacts of eruptions. After interviewing individuals who survived the 25 June 1997 pyroclastic flows and surges I became very interested in the relationships between scientists, the public and officials, their roles in risk reduction and how to reduce risk while taking into account social, economic and political contexts. From 2004-6 I was Director of Montserrat Volcano Observatory and was fortunate enough to spend time living in Montserrat with my family. More recently, I've advised the UK government on the hazards associated with volcanoes in Iceland and elsewhere and work with colleagues across disciplines to contribute to risk assessments.
I'm interested in enhancing our ability to assess, analyse and communicate the different dimensions of risk - this requires working with communities, officials and across disciplines. In STREVA we will test a new integrative framework for risk reduction and intend to provide evidence for effective monitoring, forecasting, risk assessment and communication strategies in disaster risk reduction.