We are studying past and present-day volcanic activity to better understand the behaviour of active magmatic systems around the world.

Volcano histories

The geochemical signature of a mineral crystallising in a volcanic system provides a snapshot in time of the magmatic processes taking place. 

We can analyse core-rim trace elements and isotope composition to determine the history of the volcano from initial mineral crystallisation to the final eruption. 

This powerful petrologic tool contributes to a better understanding of volcano behaviour and more effective evaluation of volcanic hazards. 

  • Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico.
    Popocatépetl, Mexico

    Popocatépetl is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. Find out how we use geochemistry to better understand its explosive behaviour.

  • The island of Stromboli.
    Stromboli volcano

    We are studying crystal residence times to better understand the potential threat of large explosive eruptions. Find out more.

Research leader
Dr Chiara Maria Petrone Dr Chiara Maria Petrone

Igneous petrologist and volcanologist working on arc magmatism and active volcanoes.

Contact us

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