My research interests focus on improving eruption forecasting, through the development of new models to explain pre-eruptive processes, the implementation of robust statistical methods and the optimisation of monitoring networks.
I am part of the EOS Lab Volcanoes project which aims at understanding the activity of four target volcanoes ranging from open to closed systems (Mayon, Marapi, Gede and Salak). I use a multi-disciplinary approach combining seismicity, deformation and gas monitoring to assess the existence of precursors to eruptions at these volcanoes, and I develop eruption forecasting algorithms (e.g., the Material Failure Forecast Method).
I am assisting with the teaching of the "Introduction to geophysics" class taught to undergraduate students at EOS, which aims at presenting the different geophysical methods and their applications both in the industry and in academia.
2016: PhD Geology, University of Canterbury/GNS Science, New Zealand
Dissertation: Geophysical signature of unrest episodes at active volcanic systems: insights into the hydrothermal system fingerprint
Advisors: Dr BM Kennedy (University of Canterbury), Dr AD Jolly (GNS Science), Dr BW Christenson (GNS Science), Dr M Todesco (INGV)
2010: MSc Earth Sciences, University of Strasbourg/EOST, France
2010: Engineering School Diploma, EOST/University of Strasbourg, France
Master's Degree equivalent. Specialty: Geophysics applied to civil engineering and environmental studies
2009: BSc (Hons) Earth Sciences, University of Strasbourg/EOST, France
Major: Geophysics, Computing, Hydrology
Nov 2016 – present: Research Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore. Development of eruption forecasting algorithms for the Lab Volcanoes project.
May 2011 – Jan 2016: Doctoral Research, University of Canterbury/GNS Science, NZ. Characterisation of unrest and eruption precursors at White Island volcano: automatic detection of volcanic tremor increases following a Material Failure law to assess the potential for eruption forecasting; acquisition, processing and source modelling of gravity and magnetic data; fluid flow numerical modelling and computation of associated gravity changes. One first-author publication in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research One co-author publication in Geophysical Research Letters, two papers in preparation.
Jul 2013: Short-term contractor, Department of Petroleum Sciences, GNS Science, NZ. Preparation of a report on induced seismicity due to CO2 sequestration, Part: Physical predictive modelling of induced seismicity. Advisors: Dr A Nicol, Dr M Gerstenberger, Dr S Ellis. Report submitted to CO2CRC, proceeding published in Energia Procedia.
Jul - Dec 2010: Science Assistant, Department of Geothermal Resources, GNS Science, NZ. Modelling multiphase fluid flow and poro-thermo elasticity with application to induced seismicity. Advisor: Dr S Sherburn. Report submitted to EOST, proceeding and poster presented at TOUGH2 Symposium 2012.
Feb - Jul 2010: Graduate Research, University of Strasbourg/GNS Science, NZ. Modelling heat, mass transfer and pore pressure induced ground deformation at hydrothermal systems. Advisors: Dr N Fournier, Dr G Jolly. Collaborators: Dr S Hurwitz. One co-author paper published in Journal of Geophysical Research.
Sep 2008 - Aug 2009: Research Assistant, IPGP/SRC, Guadeloupe/Trinidad/Montserrat. GPS processing automation, crisis response, fieldwork at the Observatories of Montserrat and Guadeloupe. Advisors: Dr JB De Chabalier, Dr N Fournier.
Jul - Dec 2008: Researcher on CALIPSO projects. Characterization of the 2008-2009 Vulcanian eruptions at Montserrat volcano recorded by strainmeter and pressure sensors. Advisor: Prof. B Voight. One first-author and two co-author papers published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Jan - Jun 2007: Undergraduate Research, University of Strasbourg, France. Modelling the interseismic deformation of the North Anatolian Fault recorded by GPS. Advisor: Dr F Masson. Report submitted to EOST.
Member of IAVCEI
Reviewer for Journal of Geophysical Research, Geology, Journal of Applied Geophysics, International Journal of Gas and Greenhouse Control,
Oral presentations at AGU 2009 (USA), IAVCEI 2013 (JP), IUGG 2015 (EU)
Poster presentations at TOUGH2 Symposium 2012 (USA), GSNZ 2012 (NZ), Te Maari Day 2013 (NZ), IAVCEI 2013 (JP)
Jan 2017 - present: Assistant for the "Introduction to Geophysics" class taught to undergraduate students at EOS/Asian School of the Environment, Singapore
2011 - 2014: University of Canterbury Doctoral scholarship (NZ$ 25,000/annum)
Jul 2013: Mason Trust travel grant (NZ$ 900)
Jul 2013: IAVCEI conference grant (registration fee waiver + JPY60,000 for accommodation)
Feb 2010: Grant from the Urban Community of Strasbourg for Msc project (1520 €)
2008: Alsace Region Boussole grant (ranked 3rd for the best internship project report)
Using volcanic tremor for eruption forecasting at White Island volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 302, 11-23. (2015).
Induced seismicity and its implications for CO2 storage risk. GNS Science consultancy report 2012/295. (2013).
Understanding volcano hydrothermal unrest from geodetic observations: insights from numerical modeling and application to White Island volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 117(B11208), (2012).
High impact mass drops from helicopter: A new active seismic source method applied in an active volcanic setting. Geophysical Research Letters. 39(12), (2012).
Induced seismicity, observations, risks and mitigation measures at CO2 storage sites. (Dixon, T., & Yamaji K., Ed.).11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. 37, 4749-4756. (2012).
Insights into processes and deposits of hazardous vulcanian explosions at Soufrière Hills Volcano during 2008 and 2009 (Montserrat, West Indies). Geophysical Research Letters. 37(19), (2010).
Vanuatu portable seismograph project: final report. GNS Science consultancy report 2010/224. (2010).
Assessment of seismic activity on Gaua Island, Vanuatu: final report. GNS Science consultancy report 2010/249. (2010).
Explosion dynamics from strainmeter and microbarometer observations, Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat: 2008–2009. Geophysical Research Letters. 37, (2010).
Unique strainmeter observations of Vulcanian explosions, Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, July 2003. Geophysical Research Letters. 37, (2010).