Dr David Ferguson

Dr David Ferguson


I am a volcanologist and geochemist with research interests in various aspects of magmatic activity, from the generation of magmas in the Earth’s mantle to the interactions between volcanoes and tectonic, climatic, and environmental processes. I primarily use geochemical methods but also work closely with modellers and collaborators in other relevant disciplines. 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.

I am currently programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Geology degree. 

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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