David Pyle

Professor of Earth Sciences (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Oxford, UK

I am a volcanologist at the University of Oxford, working on young and active volcanoes around the world. You can find out a bit more about what I do from my blog at http://volcanicdegassing.wordpress.com. Current projects include 'STREVA' - working with with colleagues in the UK, Ecuador, Colombia and the Caribbean to help reduce the negative impacts of volcanic activity on communities in volcanic areas (http://streva.ac.uk); Oxford Sparks (http://www.oxfordsparks.net), a hub for public engagement activities and resources; Volcano Top Trumps (http://volcanoestoptrumps.org) a wonderful card game for anyone with a fascination for volcanoes and London Volcano (http://londonvolcano.com)


  • DM Pyle, TA Mather, J Biggs, 2013, Remote sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 380, http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/380/1
  • MM Parks et al., 2013, Distinguishing contributions to diffuse CO2 emissions in volcanic areas from magmatic degassing and thermal decarbonation using soil gas 222Rn-d13C systematics: application to Santorini volcano, Greece.Earth and Planetary Science Letters 377-378, 180-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.06.046
  • EJ Nicholson, TA Mather, DM Pyle, HM Odbert, T Christopher, 2013, Cyclical patterns in volcanic degassing revealed by SO2 flux timeseries analysis: an application to Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 375, 209-221. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.05.032
  • DJ Ferguson et al., 2013, Melting during late stage rifting in Afar is hot and deep, Nature, 499, 70-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12292
  • [Open Access] SFL Watt, DM Pyle, TA Mather, 2013, Evidence of mid- to late-Holocene explosive rhyolitic eruptions from Chaiten volcano, Chile, Andean Geology 40, 216-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.5027/andgeoV40n2-a02
  • MM Parks et al., 2012, Evolution of Santorini volcano dominated by episodic and rapid fluxes of melt from depth. Nature Geoscience 5, 749-754. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1562
  • [Open Access] DM Pyle, 2012, Perspective: Small volcanic eruptions and the stratospheric sulphate aerosol burden, Environmental Research Letters 7, 031001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/031001
  • [Open Access] SFL Watt, DM Pyle, TA Mather, 2011, Geology, petrology and geochemistry of the dome complex of Huequi volcano, southern Chile. Andean Geology 38, 335-348. http://dx.doi.org/10.5027/andgeoV38n2-a05
  • [Open Access] ML Daggitt, TA Mather, DM Pyle, S Page, 2014, AshCalc - A new tool for the comparison of the exponential, power-law and Weibull models of tephra deposition. Journal of Applied Volcanology, 3: 7 http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1186/2191-5040-3-7
  • [Open Access] P Nomikou, MM Parks, D Papanikolaou, DM Pyle, TA Mather, S Carey, AB Watts, M Paulatto, LM Kalnins, I Livanos, K Bejelou, E Simou, I Perros, 2014, The emergence and growth of a submarine volcano: the Kameni islands, Santorini, Greece, GeoResJ 1-2, 8-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.grj.2014.02.002

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