Dr. Sam Poppe
Researcher / Project Leader
Mars Exploration Laboratory
Space Research Centre - Polish Academy of Sciences
I am a planetary geologist with a healthy fascination for volcanoes because that's where rocky planets like our Earth really demonstrate their dynamic nature!
My research aims to understand how magma moves and deforms the rocks around it and ultimately the surface of rocky planetary bodies, to better inform volcanic activity forecasts (on Earth) and understand past volcanism elsewhere (the Moon, Mars, etc.). I use field or remote sensing observations from active or inactive volcanoes, laboratory modeling with photogrammetry and X-ray Computed Tomography, sporadically geochemical rock analysis, and most recently analytical and numerical modeling of volcano deformation.
I am also a passionate science communicator, often helping out journalists to get their story straight after the newest volcanic eruption or volcanic discovery in our Solar System.