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Dr James Hickey

Lecturer in Geophysics


Telephone: 01326 255988

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I am a geophysical volcanologist at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (Cornwall campus). My primary research interests are in the processes controlling the dynamics of active and restless volcanoes and the geophysical signals they produce, with an overarching aim of helping to improve eruption forecasting capabilities.

I have further research interests in novel geophysical monitoring methods, the use of drones and UAV’s for surveying and monitoring, geomechanics of oil and gas reservoirs, landslide and slope stability, and volcanic risk reduction.


  • 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
  • European Geosciences Union
  • International Association for Volcanology and Chemistry of the Interior
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group

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I am always interested to hear from prospective research students (MSc and PhD) or postdoctoral researchers. If you like the sound of my research and would like to get involved then please get in touch. I currently have funding opportunities, or we can seek out funding opportunities together.