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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.

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