Mr Benjamin Simons

Master of Science (MSc) Hons (1st class) (Research) in Earth Science

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Thesis title: Drivers of Variation in the Eruptive and Magmatic Processes of a Persistently Active Volcano, Yasur, Vanuatu

My current research is fouced on Yasur volcano located on Tanna Isalnd, Vanuatu. Yasur is a globally rare persistently active volcano that has existed in a continous state of eruption for at least 800 years. Yasur produces sustained, small Strombolian explosions from several summit vents. The processes that sustain such consistent activity over such long timescales are currently poorly understood. The deep internal dynamics of volcanoes like Yasur are typically investigated using geochemistry of eruption products, while shallow-level processes (such as eruptions) are examined using geophysical techniques along with gas measurements. My research seeks to bring together these aspects of volcanology to build a unified model of the factors that control explosive eruption behaviour at Yasur.

Postgraduate supervision

Prof. Shane Cronin

Dr. Jennifer Eccles


Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award - 2015/16 - The University of Hawaii, Manoa

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship - 2015

MetOcean Poster Prize, Earth & Ocean Sciences Graduate Conference - 2012

Geoscience Society of New Zealand Hastie Memorial Prize - 2012

University of Waikato Masters Research Fund Scholarship - 2012

Broad Memorial Fund Scholarship - 2012

Project Tongariro Memorial Award - 2012

Areas of expertise

Volocanology, geohazards, active volcano monitoring (gas, thermal imagery, seismology)


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 443
New Zealand

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