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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Antonio Capponi

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42356
Room number: ES235

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2010-2012,Researcher,Sapienza/INGV Rome 

2012-2016,Marie Curie Fellow, Lancaster Environment Centre,Lancaster University

2016-current, Post-doc, Department of Earth Sciences,Durham University


2010, M.Sc., Earth Sciences - University of Rome “Sapienza”

2016, PhD in volcanology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. "The consequences of gas slug ascent in a stratified magma on Strombolian eruption dynamics"

Research Overview

I graduated at the department of Earth Science of Sapienza (University of Rome) investigating conduit dynamics of Strombolian eruptions by processing and interpretation of visible and thermal high-speed videos of eruptions from Stromboli. I continued this work thanks to a research grant at Sapienza/INGV also developing an experimental set-up for analogue laboratory experiments, aimed to investigate the pulsatory behaviour observed at Stromboli.

In 2012, I was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship in Lancaster, United Kingdom, within the EU project NEMOH, where I also started a PhD. Here I investigated the range of flow configurations that develop in a rheologically stratified magma column and how the fluid dynamics involved in these flows modify eruption magnitudes and the associated geophysical signals, using analogue laboratory experiments, numerical modelling and 3D computational fluid dynamic simulations.

In 2016 I started my post-doc at the Department of Earth Sciences of Durham University as part of the DisEqm consortium. Here I am designing and commissioning a unique new fluid dynamic kit to undertake laboratory analogue experiments and investigate the multiphase fluid dynamic processes that operate in dyke-like conduit geometries of basaltic volcanoes


Selected Publications

Doctoral Thesis

  • Antonio Capponi (2016). The consequences of gas slug ascent in a stratified magma on Strombolian eruption dynamics. PhD.

Journal Article

  • Capponi, Antonio & Llewellin, Edward W. (2019). Experimental observations of bubbling regimes at in-line multi-orifice bubblers. International Journal of Multiphase Flow 114: 66-81.
  • Pering, T.D., McGonigle, A.J.S., James, M.R., Capponi, A., Lane, S.J., Tamburello, G. & Aiuppa, A. (2017). The dynamics of slug trains in volcanic conduits: Evidence for expansion driven slug coalescence. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 348: 26-35.
  • Capponi, A., Lane, S.J. & James, M.R. (2017). The implications of gas slug ascent in a stratified magma for acoustic and ground deformation source mechanisms in Strombolian eruptions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 468: 101-111.
  • Capponi, A., James, M.R. & Lane, S.J. (2016). Gas slug ascent in a stratified magma: Implications of flow organisation and instability for Strombolian eruption dynamics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 435: 159-170.
  • Capponi, A., Taddeucci, J., Scarlato, P. & Palladino, D.M. (2016). Recycled ejecta modulating Strombolian explosions. Bulletin of Volcanology 78(2): 13.
  • Taddeucci, J., Scarlato, P., Capponi, A., Del Bello, E., Cimarelli, C., Palladino, D.M. & Kueppers, U. (2012). High-speed imaging of Strombolian explosions: The ejection velocity of pyroclasts. Geophysical Research Letters 39(2): L02301.
  • Taddeucci, J., Alatorre-Ibargüengoitia, M.A., Moroni, M., Tornetta, L., Capponi, A., Scarlato, P., Dingwell, D.B. & De Rita, D. (2012). Physical parameterization of Strombolian eruptions via experimentally-validated modeling of high-speed observations. Geophysical Research Letters 39(16): L16306.

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