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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Key Publications

Selected recent publications to give a flavour of the range of research undertaken by Durham Volcanology Group members


Zhang, J., Humphreys, M.C.S., Cooper, G.F., Davidson, J.P. & Macpherson, C.G. (2017) Magma mush chemistry at subduction zones, revealed by new melt major element inversion from calcic amphiboles. American Mineralogist 102, 1353-1367.

Jones, T.J., Llewellin, E.W., Houghton, B.F., Brown, R.J., and Vye-Brown, C. (2017) Proximal lava drainage controls on basaltic fissure eruptions dynamics. Bulletin of Volcanology., 79, 81.

Wadsworth, F.B., Vasseur, J., Llewellin, E.W., Dobson, K.J., Colombier, M., von Aulock, F.W., Fife, J.L., Wiesmaier, S., Hess, K-U, Scheu, B., Lavallée, Y., and Dingwell, D.B. (2017). Topological inversions in coalescing granular media control fluid-flow regimes. Physical Review E., 96, Art. No. 033113.

Gardner, J.E., Llewellin, E.W., Watkins, J.M., and Befus, K.S. (2017) Formation of obsidian pyroclasts by sintering of ash particles in the volcanic conduit. Earth and Planetary Science Letters., 459, 252-263.

Zhang, J., Humphreys, M.C.S., Cooper, G.F., Davidson, J.P. & Macpherson, C.G. (2017) Magma mush chemistry at subduction zones, revealed by new melt major element inversion from calcic amphiboles. American Mineralogist 102, 1353-1367.

Magni, V., Allen, M.B., van Hunen, J, & Bouilhol, P. (2017) Continental underplating after slab break-off. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 474, 59-67.

Zhang, Y.Q., Song, S.G., Yang, L.M., Niu, Y.L., Allen, M.B., Su, L. & Xu, X. (2017) High-Mg komatiitic basalts in ophiolites from the Lajishan Accretionary Belt, Qilian Orogen: Evidence for high-T mantle melts in a Cambrian oceanic plateau. Lithos, 278-281, 97-110

Scarlato, P., Mollo, S., Del Bello, E., von Quadt, A., Brown, R.J., Gutierrez, E., Martinez-Hackert, B. and Papale, P., 2017. The 2013 eruption of Chaparrastique volcano (El Salvador): Effects of magma storage, mixing, and decompression. Chemical Geology, 448, pp.110-122.

Pedersen, G.B.M., Höskuldsson, A., Dürig, T., Thordarson, T., Jonsdottir, I., Riishuus, M.S., Óskarsson, B.V., Dumont, S., Magnússon, E., Gudmundsson, M.T. and Sigmundsson, F., Drouin V.J.P.B., Gallagher, C., Askew, R., Gudnason, J., Moreland, W.M., NIkkola, P., Reynolds, H.I., Schmith, J., 2017. Lava field evolution and emplacement dynamics of the 2014–2015 basaltic fissure eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 340, pp.155-169.


Humphreys, M.C.S., Edmonds, M. & Klöcking, M.S (2016). The validity of plagioclase-melt geothermometry for degassing-driven magma crystallization. American Mineralogist 101, 769-779.

Wadsworth, F.B., Vasseur, J., Llewellin, E.W., Schauroth, J., Dobson, K.J., Scheu, B., and Dingwell, D.B. (2016) Sintering of viscous droplets under surface tension. Proceedings of the Royal Society A., 472, Art. No. 20150780.

Stock, M.J., Humphreys, M.C.S., Smith, V.C., Isaia, R. & Pyle, D. (2016) Late-stage volatile saturation as a potential trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions. Nature Geoscience 9, 249-255

Tomašek, I., Horwell, C.J., Damby, D.E., Barošová, H., Geers, C., Petri-Fink, A., Rothen-Rutishauser, B. and Clift, M.J., 2016. Combined exposure of diesel exhaust particles and respirable Soufrière Hills volcanic ash causes a (pro-) inflammatory response in an in vitro multicellular epithelial tissue barrier model. Particle and fibre toxicology, 13(1), p.67.

Chamberlain, K.J., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Brown, R.J. & Davidson, J.P., 2016. Origin and evolution of silicic magmas at ocean islands: Perspectives from a zoned fall deposit on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 327, pp.349-360.

Coumans, J.P. and Stix, J., 2016. Caldera collapse at near-ridge seamounts: an experimental investigation. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78(10), p.70.

Coumans, J.P., Stix, J., Clague, D.A., Minarik, W.G. and Layne, G.D., 2016. Melt-rock interaction near the Moho: Evidence from crystal cargo in lavas from near-ridge seamounts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 191, pp.139-164.


Zhang, J., Davidson, J. P., Humphreys, M. C. S., Macpherson, C. G., & Neill, I. (2015). Magmatic Enclaves and Andesitic Lavas from Mt. Lamington, Papua New Guinea: Implications for Recycling of Earlier-fractionated Minerals through Magma Recharge. Journal of Petrology, 56(11), 2223-2256.

Truby, J. M., Mueller, S. P., Llewellin, E. W., & Mader, H. M. (2015, January). The rheology of three-phase suspensions at low bubble capillary number. In Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (Vol. 471, No. 2173, p. 20140557). The Royal Society.

Del Bello, E., Lane, S. J., James, M. R., Llewellin, E. W., Taddeucci, J., Scarlato, P., & Capponi, A. (2015). Viscous plugging can enhance and modulate explosivity of strombolian eruptions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 423, 210-218.

Baldini, J. U., Brown, R. J., & McElwaine, J. N. (2015). Was millennial scale climate change during the Last Glacial triggered by explosive volcanism?. Scientific reports, 5.


Emeleus, C. H., & Troll, V. R. (2014). The Rum Igneous Centre, Scotland. Mineralogical Magazine, 78(4), 805-839.

Millet, M. A., Tutt, C. M., Handler, M. R., & Baker, J. A. (2014). Processes and time scales of dacite magma assembly and eruption at Tauhara volcano, Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15(1), 213-237.

Pacey, A., Macpherson, C. G., & McCaffrey, K. J. (2013). Linear volcanic segments in the central Sunda Arc, Indonesia, identified using Hough transform analysis: implications for arc lithosphere control upon volcano distribution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 369, 24-33.

Ekici, T., Macpherson, C. G., Otlu, N., & Fontignie, D. (2014). Foreland Magmatism during the Arabia–Eurasia Collision: Pliocene–Quaternary Activity of the Karacada─č Volcanic Complex, SW Turkey. Journal of Petrology, 55(9), 1753-1777.

McIntosh, I. M., Llewellin, E. W., Humphreys, M. C. S., Nichols, A. R. L., Burgisser, A., Schipper, C. I., & Larsen, J. F. (2014). Distribution of dissolved water in magmatic glass records growth and resorption of bubbles. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 401, 1-11.

Brown, R. J., Blake, S., Thordarson, T., & Self, S. (2014). Pyroclastic edifices record vigorous lava fountains during the emplacement of a flood basalt flow field, Roza Member, Columbia River Basalt Province, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 126(7-8), 875-891