Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Postgraduate
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 272064

My interests range from large scale tectonics and geodynamics through to the inner workings of volcanic systems and their relationships with local and regional faulting. My current research project concerns the evolution and dynamics of bimodal volcanism during continental rifting. The generation of new plate boundaries in continental rifts is a one of the largest remaining puzzles in the plate tectonic jigsaw. The Main Ethiopian Rift provides an ideal location in which to study this process as it happens. Local populations also face unquantified risk from volcanic centres that are largely unstudied and are the focus of a newly blossoming geothermal industry.

I am using soil gas surveys and satellite imagery to investigate the relationship between extensional normal faults and basaltic cone fields, and also between pre-rift structures and large silicic volcanoes. I am funded through the NERC Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and am part of the COMET and RiftVolc groups.

In addition to research, I am also interested in clear and engaging communication of science and, as a Christian, the interface between science and religion.