Tamsin Mather - Curriculum Vitae#

Tamsin Mather´s main research interests centre on the science behind volcanoes and volcanic behaviour. Her motivation is to understand volcanoes as (a) natural hazards, (b) a key planetary scale process throughout geological time, playing a key role in change but vital for maintaining habitability and (c) natural resources (e.g., geothermal power and the development of ore deposits). She uses techniques including satellite Earth Observation, remote and direct measurements of volcanic gas/aerosol, field mapping and petrological and geochemical analysis. She has also studied the emissions from an oil depot fire (Buncefield 2005) and is generally interested in the global mercury cycle as well as other biogeochemical cycles.

  • 2001 - 2004 Ph.D., Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, ‘Near-source chemistry of tropospheric volcanic plumes’. NERC funded. Awarded December 2004
  • 1999 - 2000 M.Phil. (History and Philosophy of Science), University of Cambridge. Distinction
  • 1995 - 1999 M.Sci. Chemistry (Natural Sciences), University of Cambridge. First class

Over 150 publications in peer-reviewed international journals/monographs, listed: http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/mather (>5400 Scopus citations, >700 in 2019 & 2020, h-index 52/44/43 Google Scholar/Scopus/WoS)

  • 2014 - 2019: Co-editor in chief Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • 2013 Editor Remote-sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes: integrating observation and modelling. D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs (eds). Geological Society Special Publication 380
  • Associate Head of Department for Research, Dept. Earth Sciences, Oxford (2020 - present)
  • International Continental Drilling Program: member Science Advisory Group (2019 - 2022)
  • The Geochemical Society, USA, elected to board of Directors, (2017 - 2019)
  • NERC Science Board/Committee (2017-2021): Panel member NERC IODP subscription renewal assessment 2018; Chaired evaluation of the UK IODP subscription 2018; Chaired evaluation of NERC's NC-large research infrastructure (BAS ships and FAAM aircraft) 2017/18
  • Athena SWAN renewal lead, Earth Sciences Oxford (2016)
  • University of Oxford Personnel Committee member (2015 - 2019)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)'s Committee on International Participation (2014 – 2019)
  • Management committee 5-year £8M programme (Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet) following membership of lead writing team

Outreach and press engagement, recent highlights:
  • Eruptions, Emissions and Enigmas, 2020 Darwin College Cambridge Lecture Series: Enigmas, (2020)
  • Project leader ‘Your Science Out There’ video and teaching resources, launched February 2020 to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
  • Expert contributor Mars Diary (free primary STEM programme, UK Space Agency) April 2018
  • BBC Radio 4 ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ February 2018
  • Oxford Science Blog: Living with volcanic gases, January 2018
  • BBC Radio 4 ‘The Life Scientific’ May 2017
  • Science essay for children’s book ‘George and the Blue Moon’ Lucy and Stephen Hawking, 2016

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