School of Earth and Environment

Susanna Ebmeier Dr Susanna Ebmeier

Leverhulme Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31503
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Room: 9.163

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


Apri 2019 onwards: NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Leeds

May 2016 - Mar 2019: Leverhulme Fellow, Univeristy of Leeds

Apr 2015 - May 2016: European Space Agency Living Planet Fellow, University of Bristol

Sep 2012 - March 2015: STREVA & COMET Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol

Oct 2008 - Sep 2012: DPhil studentship, University of Oxford

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012: NERC Policy Fellow, Scottish Parliament Research Centre


DPhil (awarded March 2013), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.

BSc (Hons.) Geophysics (awarded July 2008), University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

I investigate different aspects of volcanic activity using satellite remote sensing. I am interested in the physical processes that control the character of volcanic activity, including magma storage, edifice growth & collapse, and volcanic interactions. An important aspect of my research using satellite imagery is exploring how it can be made useful for volcano monitoring and assessing volcanic hazards. I also have an interest in the ways in which the emission of gases affects the Earth's environment.

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Current PhD students:

Edna Dualeh, starting October 2017, "Observing volcanic eruption dynamics from satellite radar intensity data"

MSc students:

2014-2015, University of Bristol, Kirsten Stephens, "Transient deformation associated with explosive eruption measured at Masaya volcano (Nicaragua) using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar". Paper here.

Teaching Interests

  • I lead the first year tutorial module for geophysicists (SOEE1155). This module involves the development of scientific writing and presentations skills, opportunities to practise reading scientific papers and exercises in quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and philosophy of science.
  • I also teach 2nd year Remote Sensing for Geology and Geography Students (part of modules SOEE2107/2094) and on the 4th year geophysics field trip to Lanzarote (SOEE3200,SOEE5510M) Slides are available on the VLE for those registered on the modules.

Final year students and projects:

MGeophys (SOEE5310M):

  • 2016-17, Rob Watson, "Topographic analysis of volcanic structures on Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes using DEMs derived from TanDEM-X bistatic satellite radar"
  • 2017-18, Alexandra Odell, "Investigation into the 2014 eruption of Kelud volcano, Indonesia using CosmoSkyMed data"

BSc (SOEE3058):

  • 2017-18, Alexander Paul, "Hillslope processes and earthquakes in Central Italy using Sentinel-1 satellite radar techniques"

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