Dr. Sam Poppe



I am a geologist focusing on structural deformation with a healthy fascination for volcanoes, because that's where Earth really demonstrates its dynamic nature! My research aims to understand how magma  moves below our feet and deforms the rocks around it and ultimately the Earth's surface, to better inform volcanic activity and eruption forecasts. I use field work at eroded volcanic systems and active volcanoes, often in Africa, laboratory modeling with photogrammetry and X-ray Computed Tomography, advanced image analysis, since recently geodetic modeling, and sporadically geochemical analysis of rock samples. I am as well a dedicated science communicator to a wide audience, often helping out journalists to get their story straight after the newest volcanic eruption.

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