I am an Academic Fellow in Physics and Chemistry of the Earth and
Environment (RCUK Academic Fellowship) in the Department of Earth
Sciences, University of Oxford. My
department webpages can be found by clicking here.
The lava lake of Masaya volcano,
Nicaragua as seen from the crater rim.
I am broadly interested in the role of volcanism in planetary scale
processes throughout geological time. Specific interests include:
The chemistry of volcanic plumes including the effects due to
background air mixing into the hot gas mixture and volcanic
Quantifying and understanding the volcanic fluxes of chemical
species of atmospheric importance over different temporal and
spatial scales (gases and particles) and their roles in global
Volcanic degassing processes and the formation of volcanic
The emission and chemistry of mercury in volcanic plumes
The ultimate fate, atmospheric and environmental effects of
Using stable isotopes to understand volcanic processes
The cycling of volatiles through subduction zones
Patterns and forcing of volcanism on the arc scale
These interests also lead me away from volcanoes at times and I have
also studied the emissions from an oil depot fire (Buncefield 2005)
and am generally interested in the global mercury cycle as well as
other biogeochemical cycles.
T.A. Mather (2008) Volcanoes and the atmosphere: the potential role of
the atmosphere in unlocking the reactivity of volcanic emissions,
Philosophical Transactions A, 366, 4581-4595.(doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0152)
R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle (2007) Volcanic Emissions and
the Early Earth Atmosphere, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71,
T.A. Mather and R.G. Harrison (2006) Electrification of volcanic
plumes, Surveys in Geophysics, 27, 387-432. (doi:10.1007/s10712-006-9007-2)
T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and A.G. Allen (2004) Volcanic source for fixed
nitrogen in the early Earth's atmosphere, Geology, 32(10), 905-908.
T.A. Mather, V.I. Tsanev, D.M. Pyle, A.J.S. McGonigle, C. Oppenheimer
and A.G. Allen (2004) Characterization and evolution of tropospheric
plumes from Lascar and Villarrica volcanoes, Chile, Journal of
Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 109, D21303. (doi:10.1029/2004JD004934)
D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather (2003) The importance of volcanic emissions
in the global atmospheric mercury cycle, Atmospheric Environment, 37(36),
T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and C. Oppenheimer (2003) Tropospheric Volcanic Aerosol, in Volcanism and the
Earth's Atmosphere, Geophysical Monograph 139, A. Robock and C.
Oppenheimer eds., Am. Geophys. Union, Washington, D.C. 189-212.