Popocatépetl, Mexico

At 5,450m, Popocatépetl is the second highest peak in Mexico and one of the most active and famous composite volcanoes on Earth.

We are improving our understanding of this highly explosive volcano's behaviour by: 

  • unraveling crystal residence timescales
  • studying the dynamics of Popocatépetl's plumbing system

Find out more about fieldwork at Popocatépetl

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



Crystal residence times
The length of time between crystals forming in a magma chamber and being removed, usually by an eruption.