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Dr Tamsin Mather

 Name: Dr Tamsin Mather


Age range: 30-35

Research institution: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Research career length: 11 years

Research Council: Mainly funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) but I have already received funding from Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Location: Oxford, England

Salary: Undisclosed

Brief summary of research: Understanding why volcanoes erupt and the effect of volcanic eruptions on the planet

School qualifications:
A-levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

Qualifications post-school:
BA Natural Sciences, Cambridge
MSci in Natural Sciences, Cambridge
MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge
PhD in Earth Sciences, Cambridge

Career path:
Lecturer and Academic Fellow in Physics and Chemistry of the Earth and Environment, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford and Fellow of University College
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin research fellow, awarded at Cambridge and moved to Oxford (Project title: Volcanic volatile emissions: from lithosphere to atmosphere)
NERC fellow Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (Report title: Carbon capture and storage)

Volcanic eruptions can have a large impact on our atmosphere, and the planet as a whole. Tamsin Mather, a volcanologist, studies the chemicals released by relatively quiet volcanoes to understand what effect that has on the atmosphere, and in turn understand the effects that big eruptions can have on the planet.

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