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Tag line: Dr Teresa Ubide is a Vulcanologist at the University of Queensland – or more specifically an Igneous Petrologist who studies the rocks formed from cooled magma!

Position: Senior Lecturer in Igneous Petrology

Organisation: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland

Teresa’s research includes the study of tiny crystals that form deep in volcanoes and may be as small as a grain of salt. Her current research includes applying high-resolution petrology, geochemistry and geochronology to investigate why, how and when volcanic eruptions start.

Dr Ubide uses field observations, detailed microscopy and analysis and geochemical modelling at the mineral and melt scale to build a detailed reconstruction of magmatic processes through time.

Her research may provide new information that may be the key for advance warnings before volcanic eruptions and lead to more effective evacuations.

Originally from San Sebastián in Spain she studied and researched her way from Spain, The Netherlands and Ireland before moving to Australia in 2016 to lecture at the University of Queensland’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

You can watch Dr Ubide explaining her research and how volcanoes work in podcasts, videos and an episode of Scope TV!