This blog and website was created to share my experiences and discoveries about volcanoes and their mysteries. To give an insight into hiking these majestic mountains. And inspire you on your own adventures of our planet with well-researched and reliable information.
How I’m qualified to talk about volcanoes
I am a young geologist who has just completed a PhD where I have been researching the characteristics of eruption and depositional processes of volcanic ash. This included investigations into some 54.5 million year old volcanic ash in the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, ash from the Cascade Range between <10 million years ago found in the Columbia River Flood Basalt Province, USA, and some 10 thousand year old ash from Grimsvotn Volcano, Iceland. My research has enabled me to travel the world investigating our planets volcanoes.
Where it all began
From the age of 5 I brainwashed myself to have a passion for volcanology by watching video recordings of ‘Raging Planet’ documentaries about volcanoes and earthquakes on repeat.
The volcanic eruption that gets shown on TV the most and that has therefore inspired my whole life was the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, Washington, USA. This was not a large eruption compared to others throughout history but it was the first most well observed and recorded eruption which propelled the science of volcanology into modern times.
I have been lucky enough to spend time working as a US Forest Service Ranger and Mount St Helens Institute volunteer at the Johnston Ridge Observatory within the devastated Mount St Helens blast zone.
Travelling the volcanoes of the world
During my undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester I was able to attend lots of field trips to different volcanoes for example studying the geology of the volcanic island of Tenerife and organising my own volcanology fieldtrip to the Greek island of Santorini.
As part of my PhD I have been to some truly amazing places and hiked some incredible volcanoes, including Krakatau and Merapi in Indonesia. I will be sharing my adventures and tips for your own volcano-adventures on this website!