Could there be anything more spectacular than a volcanic eruption?!

One doesn’t need to be a specialist to appreciate the awesome power, potential danger, and “personality” of active volcanoes. They provide direct pathways to the interior of the Earth, both on-land and in all the world’s oceans. They give us fertile soils and lucrative mineral resources. They create new land and breathtaking vistas. They also, however, have the potential to overthrow entire civilizations in mere moments of unrest.

On this website, you’ll find an overview of my specific volcanic interests, professional affiliations, and research endeavours. My field areas extend from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to the top of the Andes.

I am always trying to make my research as dynamic as the systems I study, and I welcome new collaborations, ideas, and discussions. If you are feeling in any way volcanically inclined, don’t hesitate to get in touch!


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Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Chile, January 2012, film shot by H. Tuffen


Email Ian Schipper

Lecturer in Igneous Processes
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences (SGEES)
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington, 6023
New Zealand

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