We are studying past and present-day volcanic activity to better understand the behaviour of active magmatic systems around the world.
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 is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. Find out how we use geochemistry to better understand its explosive behaviour.
We are studying crystal residence times to better understand the potential threat of large explosive eruptions. Find out more.
Igneous petrologist and volcanologist working on arc magmatism and active volcanoes.
Dr Chiara Maria Petrone
Research Leader, Petrology
Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
The Natural History Museum