Rachel Bilsland

Rachel Bilsland


I am a PhD researcher in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT) within the School of Earth and Environment. My project, modelling surface deformation due to magma migration through mush zones, contributes to DEEPVOLC which is an EU-funded grant focussing on strengthening volcanic forecasting and interpreting volcanic activity using deep learning.

By identifying volcanic regions of mush-dominated magma plumbing I will investigate how activity can present as surface deformation, using primarily InSAR data and Geodetic Bayesian Inversion Software (GBIS). I aim to contribute a model that represents more complex subsurface heterogeneity in magmatic systems, and the subsequent geodetic influence. This will allow for more accurate interpretation of future deformation accounting for a realistic storage geometry and poroviscoelastic mush rheology.


  • MSci (International Earth Sciences), First Class Honours, University College London

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Volcanology