Dr David Ferguson

Dr David Ferguson


My research uses geochemical and geochronological methods to investigate magmatic and volcanic processes. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of magmatism within the Earth system. This includes exploring the links between magmatism and tectonic processes such as continental rifting, the potential role of the climate system in modulating volcanic/magmatic activity, and interactions between eruptions and the environment.  Previous and on-going projects include research on volcanic systems in Ethiopia, Chile, Hawaii, Oregon and at the Juan de Fuca ridge in the NE Pacific.

Previous appointments:

  • April 2014 - April 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • January 2012 - March 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • January 2010- April 2010: NERC Policy Fellow, House of Commons S&T Committee, UK Parliament


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  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • MSc, University College London
  • BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow

Research groups and institutes

  • Volcanology
  • Rocks, Melts and Fluids
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

Current postgraduate researchers

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