Dr. Sam Poppe

Researcher / Project Leader
Mars Exploration Laboratory

Space Research Centre - Polish Academy of Sciences




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 or remote observations from active or inactive volcanoes on terrestrial planetary bodies (the Moon, Mars, Earth), 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 as well a dedicated science communicator to a wide audience, often helping out journalists to get their story straight after the newest volcanic eruption.