Since a young age I have always been fascinated with volcanoes and have followed this up with courses at university. I finished my PhD in November 2015 and am currently continuing my research. I decided to start writing this blog (started in March 2011) as a way of furthering my own knowledge and providing others with an informative way to learn and read about volcanoes and volcanology: I hope you find it useful and interesting! I am currently a Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield where I contribute to the teaching of Physical Geography and Volcanology based topics. My current and future research revolves around the measurement of sulphur dioxide, using ultra violet cameras, in combination with geophysical datasets, and modelling via computational fluid dynamics and laboratory analogues of a variety of degassing modes from basaltic magmas, including: passive, strombolian, and lava fountaining. Within this I am particularly interested in applying low cost alternatives to previously expensive methods.