About us

Our research focuses on the study of active volcanoes and their associated hazards. We are also investigating the genesis, diversity and evolution of magmas and related igneous rocks in a variety of geological environments.

Stromboli volcano erupting, 2005.

Stromboli volcano erupting, 2005.

We are studying:

  • active volcanoes and their hazards
  • the link between magmatic and geodynamic processes, and the resulting variety of volcanic rocks and modes of crustal formation
  • using mantle xenoliths to learn more about processes that lead to magma generation in the inner Earth

The Museum's rock collection underpins our research programme. 

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Dr Chiara Maria Petrone
Research Leader, Petrology
Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road