Etna flows in front of the lights of Catania
  • Lecturer in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)
  • Previously: RCUK Academic Fellow in Environmental Informatics - a joint position in LEC and the School of Computing and Communications (SCC).
  • Previously : Royal Society University Research Fellow

Recent field trips and courses

  • Etna field course 20142014, April, Mt. Etna: Some good weather but sadly no eruptions this year, on either the undergraduate or postgraduate field courses.

    See photos or more photos.

  • Etna eruption 20132013, April, Mt. Etna: Field course for a variety of our students (and others). A great trip - fantastic weather, spectacular activity from Etna and great pizza.

    See photos

  • 2013, April, Sólheimjoküll, Iceland: First of two trips this year to Iceland, to assess the motion of the Sólheimjoküll glacier using laser scanning and time-lapse photography. See our time-lapse from 2012.

    More photos Solheimajokull, April  2013

Research interests

  • understanding physical aspects of Earth surface change
  • lava flows and volcanic domes
  • fluid dynamics of volcano degassing
  • electrification of volcanic plumes and particle aggregation
  • coastal erosion and sediment dynamics
  • development of appropriate and adaptive field methodologies

Tools and techniques

  • laser scanning (Riegl LMS-Z210ii and LPM-321)
  • thermal imaging (FLIR ThermaCam S40)
  • computational fluid dynamics (Flow3D)
  • close-range photogrammetry and structure-from-motion (VMS, PhotoScan, Bundler...)
  • remote time-lapse imaging (multiple dSLRs and remote housings)

Teaching

  • ENV.322 & 452 Volcanic processes field course (A trip to Mt. Etna, Sicily)
  • ENV.323 & 441 Geological hazards
  • ENV.320 Introduction to geophysical techniques
  • LEC.422 Data assimilation and integration (it's all about the metadata...)
previously...
  • SCC.130 Information Systems (5 weeks of SQL and database intro.)
  • SCC.245 Innovation (lectures on image-based modelling)

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