Benoit TAISNE

Benoit Taisne joined the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) in 2012 as a Principal Investigator within the volcano group and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University as Assistant Professor. 

Benoit was educated in France where he received his BSc and MSc degrees in earth sciences at the University Pierre et Marie Curie and the École Normale Supérieure de Paris in 2004. He also holds an MSc in geophysics from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, where he obtained his PhD in 2008. Prior to moving to Singapore, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and at the seismological laboratory of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.  

Most recently, Benoit received the 2018 Nanyang Education Award (School) presented in the highest recognition of his teaching contributions to the University. At the EOS and ASE, he has supervised or co-supervised 25 undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has published 37 papers in peer-reviewed journals and was a guest editor of parts I and II of the special volumes, “Volumes, Timescales, and Frequency of Magmatic Processes in the Earth’s Lithosphere” published by Frontiers.

Broadly speaking, Benoit is primarily interested in magmatic processes from depth to the atmosphere, with the aim of understanding and integrating the external and internal mechanisms that control the dynamics of magmatic systems. His current research interests include monitoring volcanoes and real-time processing, analogue experiments, and infrasound, with a focus on the volcanoes of Southeast Asia. 

Within the ASE, Benoit established the magma transport and infrasound laboratories. He set up the very first infrasound-based monitoring network in Singapore and is collaborating with colleagues in and around Southeast Asia to develop infrasound capability in the region in order to further improve the potential to detect and characterise explosive volcanic eruptions.

Education:
  • 2004-2008 Ph.D. in geophysics (with distinction) on the "Vicissitudes of ascending magma through the terrestrial crust". Directors : Pr. C. Jaupart and Pr. S. Tait, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, CNRS
  • 2001-2004 Magister in Earth sciences (M.Sc) (with distinction), Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris
  • 2003-2004 Master in geophysics (M.Sc) (with distinction), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • 2002-2003 Master in Earth sciences (M.Sc) (with distinction), Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
  • 2001-2002 Bachelor diploma in Earth sciences (with distinction), Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Professional Experience:
  • 2012-present Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Assistant Professor at the Division of Earth Sciences, NTU
  • 2010-2012 Postdoctoral researcher at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, IPGP. Study of the lava dome stability.
  • 2008-2010 PostDoctoral researcher, Seismological laboratory at the Institut de Physique
    du Globe de Paris (with N. Shapiro). Modelling of the seismic activity linked to dyke propagation.
  • 2009 Seismologist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, IPGP
  • 2007 Volcanological monitoring at the Piton de la Fournaise Observatory. Quantitative analysis of seismic signal.
  • 2005 GPS measurements in Jordan. Measurements for Dead Sea fault studies.
  • 2004 Graduate Research Project in volcanology at the Institut de Pysique du Globe de Paris (Advisor Pr. C. Jaupart). Subject : Gas precursory to volcanic eruption.
  • 2003 Graduate Research Project in volcanology at the Bristol University, UK (with Pr. S. Sparks, Dr. J. Phillips). Subject : Mingling of two magmas in dierent geometrical congurations.
  • 2002 Undergraduate Research Project in volcanology at the Institut de Pysique du Globe de Paris (Advisor Pr. C. Jaupart). Subject : Study of the mechanics for intermittent lava dome growth
  • 2001 Undergraduate Research Project in volcanology at La Reunion Island (Advisors Pr. P. Bachelery, M. P. Mairine). Subject : Mapping volcanological risk within the Plaine des Cafres.
Professional Activities:
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the European Geophysical Union
Courses Taught:
  • ES7002 - Research skills in Earth System Science

Past courses:

  • 2011 One week courses, Centro de Geociencias, UNAM, Campus Juriquilla, Mexico. Physics of dyke propagation (field, theory and experiments).
  • 2007-2008 Teaching assistant position at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. Computer Programming in Matlab for master students.

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