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David Pyle

David Pyle

I studied Geological Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then completed a PhD in Volcanology, working on the Greek island volcano of Santorini, and in the East African Rift. I then held a Research Fellowship in Cambridge, spent a year as a visiting researcher at the California Institute of Technolog, before taking up a lectureship in Earth Sciences in Cambridge in 1992. Subsequently, I moved to a lectureship in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2006. My research focusses on the behaviour and histories of young and active volcanoes, with a current focus on volcanoes in Latin America (Chile, Ecuador), the Caribbean (St Vincent, Montserrat) and Ethiopia.

I am passionate about public engagement and in sharing the results of my research with wider publics. Amongst other activities, I am involved with Oxford Sparks (, London Volcano ( and Volcanoes Top Trumps (

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Why Can’t We Predict When a Volcano Will Erupt?

We started 2016 with a bang. Both Chile and Indonesia saw a clutch of volcanoes erupting after laying dormant for a decade or more. This followed an eruption in April 2015, when Calbuco volcano...

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