DR. ELENA MATERS

Hello/Bonjour! I am a Canadian-British-American scientist and have lived and travelled around the world since a young age. My university education led me on a winding path from studying biology (BSc) in Canada, to environmental science/management (MSc) in England, to geochemistry/volcanology (PhD) in Belgium. I have always loved the outdoors and nature, having spent much of my childhood near the Alps or the Rocky Mountains, and over the last six years I have developed a particular passion for the geosciences. It takes a lot of dedication and as many (probably more!) 'failures' as successes, but I am thrilled to pursue research with great collaborators in a field where new discoveries and experiences fill me with such awe, inspiration and appreciation for this unpredictable, moving and breathing planet Earth!

HIGHER EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests broadly relate to the reactivity of volcanic ash from explosive eruptions in the Earth System. Specifically, this work utilises a range of experimental and analytical techniques to investigate the properties and/or processes that govern:

2012-2016
PhD in Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

An experimental study of volcanic ash chemical reactivity: implications for atmospheric trace chemistry and ocean iron biogeochemistry, supervised by Prof. Pierre Delmelle

2010-2012
MSc in Environmental Science and Management

University of York, United Kingdom

2006-2010
BSc in Biological Sciences

University of Calgary, Canada

  • The efficiency of ash particles as ice nuclei in the eruption plume/cloud and the ambient atmosphere

  • The capacity of ash surfaces to take up trace gases (e.g., sulphur dioxide, ozone) in the eruption plume/cloud and the ambient atmosphere

  • The role of ash emissions as a source of soluble, and potentially bioavailable, iron to the surface ocean
     

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 746695

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