School of Earth and Environment

Evgenia Ilyinskaya Dr Evgenia Ilyinskaya

University Research Fellow

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Room: 9.158

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


I am a University Academic Fellow at the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (from August 2015). My research focuses on volcanic gases and aerosol particles, with the overarching aim of monitoring volcanic activity and its impact on the environment and the atmosphere. My work involves sampling and measurement campaigns at active volcanoes and laboratory analyses. I have worked with volcanoes in Iceland (Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Grímsvötn & eruption of Holuhraun 2014-2015), Central America, Hawaii, Antarctica, and Japan.

I grew up in Iceland where my interest in active volcanoes was ignited. I decided to focus on volcanic gases following two summers of field work internship at the Iceland Geo Survey. After completing my PhD I worked at the Icelandic volcano observatory (part of the Icelandic Met Office), where I pioneered implementation of volcanic gas measurements as a monitoring tool for Icelandic volcanic systems.

I led the compilation of the Catalogue of Icelandic Volcanoes This is a large collaboration between various institutes and civil protection in Iceland. The Catalogue is an open-access web resource intended to serve as an accurate and official source of information about the Icelandic volcanic systems.

Previous employment:

2012-2015: British Geological Survey, Edinburgh.

2011-2012: Icelandic Meteorological Office (the national volcano observatory), Reykjavik.

2011-2012: Part-time lecturer at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.


Google Scholar profile



2006-2010: Ph.D. in Volcanology. University of Cambridge, Darwin College. Title: ‘Formation and evolution of volcanic aerosol’. Supervisor: Dr Clive Oppenheimer

2003-2006 B.Sc. Honours in Geology. Royal Holloway, University of London.



International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)

IAVCEI Commission on the Chemistry of Volcanic Gases (CCVG)

IAVCEI Commission on Volcanic Hazard and Risk

The Aerosol Society

Research Interests

  • Chemistry of volcanic gas and aerosol
  • Interaction of volcanic emissions with the background atmosphere
  • Chemical evolution of volcanic plumes in the atmosphere
  • Impact of volcanic gas and aerosol on the environment