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Dr James Hickey

Senior Lecturer in Geophysics and Volcanology


Telephone: 01326 255988

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I am a geophysical volcanologist and member of the Active Earth research group. My primary research interests are in the processes controlling the dynamics of active and restless volcanoes and the geophysical and geochemical signals they produce, with an overarching aim of helping to improve eruption forecasting capabilities.

I have further research interests in disaster risk reduction, volcanic hazard modelling, slope stability, hazard assessment, and the use of big data and social media in tracking volcanic unrest.

You can read more on my personal webpage about my research interests and fieldwork locations.


  • 2020 - present: Senior Lecturer in Geophysics and Volcanology, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2016 - 2020: Lecturer in Geophysics and Volcanology, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2015 - 2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, UK
  • 2011 - 2015: PhD, University of Bristol, UK - Volcanology & Geophysics
  • 2007 - 2011: MSci (1st class Hons.),  University of Bristol, UK - Environmental Geoscience


List of publications.

Professional Bodies:

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • International Association for Volcanology and Chemistry of the Interior (IAVCEI)
    • Member of the IAVCEI Early Careers Researcher Network (ECRNet) committee (2017-2021)
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG)
    • Member of the committee

Other Academic Activities:


I am always interested to hear from prospective PhD/MSc research students, postdoctoral researchers, and research fellows. You can see the sort of projects I’m involved in on my past and current research pages, and lists of publications and team members. If you like the sound of my research and want to explore how to get involved then please get in touch.