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Department of Earth Sciences


Marie Edmonds holds a Chair in Volcanology and Petrology, is Director of Research at the Earth Sciences Department, University of Cambridge and Vice President and Ron Oxburgh Fellow in Earth Sciences at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She is part of the Cambridge Volcanology Group. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of volcanoes on our environment and on the habitability of our planet. Volcanoes are sources of pollutants and can impact our environment, society and economy in a range of ways. Volcanoes also provide us with nutrients critical for life, green sources of energy and sustainable resources. Edmonds’s research spans the boundaries between traditional disciplines, from deciphering the nature of the interior of the Earth, to magma transport and storage in the crust, to volcano monitoring, understanding ore deposits and the dynamic chemistry of volcanic gases in the atmosphere and climate. For more information on her research see her CV and publications list.

Current research areas:

  • Volcanic and magmatic processes: outgassing, conduit flow, crystal growth, magma mixing, differentiation
  • Volcano monitoring and eruption forecasting
  • Transport of trace metals in magmatic-hydrothermal fluids, and ore deposits: porphyry copper deposits, lithium granites
  • Long term carbon cycle, carbon reservoirs and fluxes and links to climate and tectonics

Three most recently published papers (PhD students):

2024, Marsh, J, Edmonds, M, B. Houghton, I. Buisman, and R. A. Herd. Magma mingling during the 1959 eruption of Kılauea Iki, Hawai'i. Bulletin of Volcanology.

2024, E. Nicholson, P. Wieser, M. Hartley, F. Jenner, B. Kunz, E. Ilyinskaya, T. Thordarson, and Edmonds, Marie. Sulfide saturation and resorption modulates sulfur and metal availability during the 2014-15 Holuhraun eruption, Iceland. Nature Communications Earth and Environment, 5(1):164.

2024, Yip, Stanley Tze Hou, J. Biggs, Edmonds, Marie, and P. Liggins. The role of pre-eruptive gas segregation on co-eruptive deformation and SO2 emissions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 626:118548.

Professor of Volcanology and Petrology
The Ron Oxburgh Fellow in Earth Sciences, Queens' College

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+44 (0) 1223 333463
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