Assistant Professor

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Experimental rock deformation, volcano-tectonics, physical volcanology, rock and fracture mechanics, structural geology, geological mapping, hazard and risk assessment, tsunami physics, disaster risk reduction, geodynamics.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Assistant Professor of rock mechanics - Pontificia Universidad Católica - Present

  • Associate researcher - Centro de Excelencia en geotermia de Los Andes - Present

  • NERC funded Post-doctoral research assistant in experimental rock deformation; ‘Quantifying the anisotropy of permeability in stressed rocks'

       Jan 2016 – July 2018. University College London, UK.

 

  • Consultant on a scenario report for earthquake and tsunami hazards in the Indian Ocean.

      May 2016. Bournemouth University, UK.

 

  • Honorary Research Assistant; ‘Thermal stressing in volcanic rocks’.

      Aug 2013 – Dec 2015. University College London, UK.       

 

  • Ph.D. Geology; ‘Thermo-mechanical effects of magma chambers and caldera faults’.

      Oct 2012 – Dec 2015. Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. 

 

  • Advanced Skills Tutor

      Dec 2013 – Dec 2015. The Brilliant Club; Widening participation charity.

 

  • MSc ‘Volcanology and Geological Hazards’ – Distinction

      Lancaster University; Lancaster Environment Centre, UK

                  

  • BSc ‘Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management’ – 1st Class Hons

      Kingston University, London; Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment, UK

 

AWARDS 

  • 2014........................Royal Holloway University of London departmental presentation award

  • 2013........................‘Geoff Brown memorial award’ at the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) annual meeting

  • 2010........................‘George Raine project Prize’ for the best dissertation in the School of Earth Sciences, Kingston University.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 2019........................FONDECYT INICIACION (PI) - Mechanical architecture of caldera faults. Pontificia Universidad Catolica and University College London

  • 2016........................NERC Isotope geoscience support grant (NIGFSC). Co-investigator for a project entitled ‘Does sea level influence the eruption frequency of island volcanoes’ with PI - Christopher Satow, CI – Andrew Miles (Kingston), David Pyle (Oxford).

  • 2016........................Early career scientist bursary to attend the IAVCEI CCCW

  • 2015........................AGU fall meeting travel grant

  • 2015........................Euroconference grant

  • 2014........................IAVCEI collapse caldera commission workshop grant

  • 2014........................2 x VMSG travel grants

  • 2013........................Geologists’ association ‘Baker-Arber’ new researchers award

  • 2013........................Kirsty Brown memorial fund ‘The Canary island’s collapsing volcanoes’

  • 2012-2015...............Reid Scholarship, Royal Holloway

  • 2011........................LEC departmental scholarship, Lancaster University

  • 2010........................International mobility bursary for field work, Kingston University

REVIEWER

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, Geothermics, Volcanica, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Terra Nova, Bulletin of Volcanology, Frontiers in Earth Sciences: Volcanology, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Tectonophysics, MDPI journals, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Engineering, Arabian Journal of Geology, Geophysical Journal International, Advances in Engineering, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Geothermal Energy, Heat Transfer, Geomechanics of the Environment and Energy, South American Journal of Earth Science, Strain, Natural Hazards

  • Institute of making - UCL

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group

  • IAVCEI – Commission on collapse calderas

  • European Geosciences Union

  • The Geological Society

  • The Geologists Association

  • International Lithosphere Program (ILP Task force II)

  • Board member of the ISRM commission on Rock Dynamics

OUTREACH AND WIDENING PARTICIPATION

  • Ran and participated in numerous outreach events in association with NEMOH: LMU, Munich; University of Bristol and Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • Advanced skills tutor for the widening participation charity ‘The Brilliant Club’

  • Numerous lectures and tutorials at local schools and amateur geology societies throughout the UK.

  • Participant of the Marie Curie European Union Initial Training Network ‘NEMOH’ workshops on: Numerical modeling, volcano monitoring, experimental volcanology, volcano deformation and inversion techniques.

  • Guest lecture at Kingston University on monitoring active volcanoes.