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Bridie Verity Davies

Bridie Verity DaviesBridie examines some samples

 

Email: Bridie.Davies@uea.ac.uk

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My masters degree from Imperial college was in Geology including a year abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. My PhD project focusses on understanding the transition from an effusive to explosive eruption style on Ascension Island working alongside researchers from Durham, BGS and SUERC as well as those at UEA. I am passionate about understanding volcanic processes and how communities interact with their environments with an aim to improve volcanic hazard prediction and mitigation, reducing vulnerability through community engagement. My MSci project focussed on the characterisation of I-Type (Iron rich) micrometeorites, examining the mineralogical and tetxural evolution of the particles during atmospheric entry with an aim to determine their parent body. Through work at the Science Museum and with SmashFest UK I have developed a passion and understanding for science communication across all age groups. 

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Current Research

“Critical controls on eruptive behaviour of an intraplate volcano”

 

Determining whether a volcano will erupt passively or explosively is a key question when assessing the volcanic hazard faced by a community. The purpose of this project is to use the petrographic analysis of a series of genetically-related volcanic rocks that have erupted in a variety of ways to understand what has controlled the magma’s behaviour and ultimately the impact of the eruptions. This will be achieved through careful sampling of a suite of rocks representing a range of felsic activity, as guided by a recently completed project on the geological and geochemical context on Ascension Island. Techniques including petrographic analysis of thin sections and 3D tomographic sampling (University of Durham) will enable reconstruction of similarities and differences in the processes during a variety of eruptive events and thus the conditions prior to eruption. . Comparison between samples which have been stratigraphically well described in the field will provide an analysis of the changes in eruptive style. Research will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from the University of Durham and the Natural History Museum as well as UEA. This project will be part of a larger ongoing collaboration between UEA, Durham, SUERC and the BGS (http://community.dur.ac.uk/ascension.volcanology/).

 

Publications

“The mineralogy and petrology of I-type cosmic spherules: Implications for their sources, origins and identification in sedimentary rocks” – Dr Matthew J. Genge, Bridie Davies, Martin D. Suttle, Dr Matthias van Ginneken and Dr Andy Tomkins. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, accepted for publication (2016).

 

Conferences

MSci Poster presentation at The Royal Astronomical Society London Dec, 2015. Title "The Characterisation of I-type Antarctic Micrometeorites"

 

Supervisory team and Research Group

Primary Supervisor: Dr Jenni Barclay

University of Durham and the Natural History Museum

 SUERC and the BGS

 

Other relevant activities

Outreach work with SmashFest Uk – creating and running workshops

Experienced in science communication through work as an "Explainer" at the Science Museum London.

Experience as an Undergraduate teaching assistant at Imperial College London