School of Earth and Environment

David Ferguson Dr David Ferguson

University Academic Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31505
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Room: 8.144

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


I am a tenure-track academic fellow in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics. My research uses geochemical and geochronological methods to investigate magmatic and volcanic processes. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of magmatism within the Earth system. This includes exploring the links between magmatism and tectonic processes such as continental rifting, and the potential role of the climate system in modulating volcanic/magmatic activity. Previous and on-going projects include research on volcanic systems in Ethiopia, Chile, Hawaii, Oregon and at the Juan de Fuca ridge in the NE Pacific.

Previous appointments:

  • April 2014 - April 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • January 2012 - March 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • January 2010- April 2010: NERC Policy Fellow, House of Commons S&T Committee, UK Parliament


  • D.Phil (2011): University of Oxford
  • M.Sc (2007): University College London
  • B.Sc (Hons) (2005): University of Glasgow

PhD students supervised

Daniel Ward: Dispersal of volcaniclastic material in submarine volcanic plumes

(Funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics)

Recent media/outreach

Interview on New York Public Radio (WNYC) show The Takeaway (mostly) talking about supervolcanoes (

Interview in The US Chronicle of Higher Education talking about volcanism and climate (

Contributor to National Geographic TV series How to Survive the End of the World, Broadacast 2014

“When Science meets Policy”. NERC Planet Earth Magazine, write-up of my time spent as a NERC Policy Fellow in the UK Parliament (pdf link)

"My date with a volcano", four-part Ethiopian fieldwork blog for The Guardian (1 2 3 4)