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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Prof Ed Llewellin wins prestigious Thermo Fisher Award for his work in volcanology

(21 August 2020)

Ed Llewellin Earth Science staff member

Ed Llewellin, Professor in our department, has won the 2021 Thermo Fisher Award from the UK’s Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG; This award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to our current understanding of volcanic and magmatic processes.

Ed’s research has shaped our understanding of how magma flows. He is best known for his work on the way bubbles grow, move, deform, and shrink in magmas. His seminal work on bubble dynamics in magma has led to new models for eruptions which predict how quickly magma can move up through the Earth’s crust, toward the surface, resulting in eruptions.

The research philosophy behind Ed’s achievements has been to combine real observations of eruptions in places such as Hawaii, with fluid-dynamics experiments in Durham University’s laboratories. This combined approach allows Ed to test and validate new mathematical models for magma movement. The fundamental nature of Ed’s work means that it has found application beyond volcanology. His models have been used to better understand the behaviour of a wide range of complex fluids.

Congratulations to Ed on this award.