The Ralph Tate Memorial lecture: "Into the volcano: from source to surface and beyond"
Thursday July 1st 2021
Braggs Lecture Theatre
North Terrace Campus
University of Adelaide
Assoc Prof Heather Handley
Hosted jointly by the Field Geology Club of South Australia, the Royal Society of South Australia and the Geological Society of Australia (SA Division)
There are over 800 million people in the world that live close to active volcanoes and so understanding how volcanoes work and what triggers volcanic eruptions is crucial in order to reduce risk to humans from volcanic hazards. In the lecture we'll take a journey deep into the volcano to explore why and where we get volcanoes on Earth and what makes some explosive and others not. We'll look at how science can help us to understand how fast molten rock moves to the surface beneath volcanoes. We'll also delve deep into Australia's rich and fascinating volcanic history to determine how likely a future eruption is in Australia, what the warning signals might look like and how much time we may have to prepare should we detect signs of activity.
Heather Handley is an Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry and leads the Volcanic and Magmatic Research Group at Macquarie University. Her research unravels the secrets held in the chemistry of volcanic rocks and their minerals to answer questions such as what triggers volcanic eruptions? and how fast does magma travel from its source to the Earth’s surface? Heather holds a PhD in Volcano Geochemistry from Durham University, UK and 1st Class Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from The University of Edinburgh, UK. In 2012, Heather was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to advance our understanding of the timescales of Earth-system process. She is Co-Founder and President of the Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia Network (WOMEESA) and was recently appointed as a Co Editor-in-Chief for Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Heather received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2014 in recognition of her research excellence and passion for science communication and has led more than 40 outreach events and workshops. She frequently writes for The Conversation, has given over 60 television, radio and print interviews and has featured in documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery Science. She is also mum to two very curious young girls.
The lecture will commence at 6.30 pm, and Covid-safe drinks and nibbles will be served in the foyer of the lecture theatre from 5.30 pm.
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