Jane is a geologist at the University of Granada, Spain, currently based at the University of East Anglia, UK, with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.
She is focusing on Ascension Island igneous rocks as part of her project ‘VESPER: Volcanoes – eruptive style, pre-eruptive evolution and risk’. The aim of her research is to use erupted magmas to study pre-eruptive behaviour of active magmatic systems in intra-plate and subduction-related settings. In particular, whole-rock and mineral chemistry and the texture and composition of inherited and magmatic zircons will be considered in the context of well-studied systems. This will constrain magmatic processes and permit identification of crystals suitable for U-Th-Pb dating to determine timescales. The main project objective is to mitigate hazards and risks by obtaining information about controls of magma storage conditions and plumbing systems on periodicity and effusive and explosive style of volcanic eruptions.
Having recently completed a field season on Ascension Island she is set to make the most of the opportunity to be part of this multi-disciplinary research group.