Tamsin Mather

Tamsin Mather

Professor of Earth Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)1865 282125
Fax: +44 (0)1865 272072

My main research interests centre on the science behind volcanoes and volcanic behaviour. My motivation is to understand volcanoes as (a) natural hazards, (b) a key planetary scale process throughout geological time, vital for maintaining habitability and (c) natural resources (e.g., geothermal power and the development of ore deposits).

Specific interests include:

  • The atmospheric chemistry of volcanic plumes including the effects due to background air mixing into the hot gas mixture and volcanic lightning
  • 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 geochemical cycles
  • Volcanic degassing processes and the formation of volcanic aerosol
  • The emission and chemistry of mercury in volcanic plumes
  • The ultimate fate, atmospheric and environmental effects of volcanic emissions
  • Using stable isotopes to understand volcanic processes
  • The cycling of volatiles through subduction zones
  • Patterns and forcing of volcanism on the arc scale
  • Studying volcanic deformation in order to understand the physical processes of magma movement and storage and the structure and stability of volcanic edifices

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.

To download a brief CV click here.

Click here to listen me taking part in the BBC World Service’s The Forum ‘The Unpredictable Planet: Understanding Volcanoes and Earthquakes’

Click here to listen me taking part in the BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth ‘Lava: A Dangerous Game’

Click here to watch a short video about my research and teaching.

Click here to watch a BBC audio slideshow about some of our work.

Click here to watch a short film about the 2011 Soapbox Science event that I was part of.

Click here to watch NERC’s careers video about volcanology.

Click here to listen about collecting ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic plume here in Oxford.

We are always interested in recruiting graduate students in volcanology. The main applications round is usually in the autumn, with many university scholarship deadlines in early January. See the Graduate Admissions page for details, or email me directly.

Other Information

Teaching Profile

First year: Chemistry for Earth Sciences; Third year: Volcanoes and the Environment; Fourth year: Topics in Volcanology

If you have any problems with journal access or getting the links to work then please email me for reprints of any of my publications (Tamsin.Mather (at) earth.ox.ac.uk).

 

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Monographs, edited volumes and books

Papers

In press

  • P. Nomikou, T.H. Druitt, C. Hübscher, T.A. Mather, M. Paulatto, L.M. Kalnins, K. Kelfoun, D. Papanikolaou, K. Bejelou, D. Lampridou, D.M. Pyle, S. Carey, A.B. Watts, B. Weiβ and M.M. Parks, Post-eruptive flooding of Santorini caldera and implications for tsunami generation, Nature Communications, in press. *OPEN ACCESS*
  • W. Hutchison, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, G. Yirgu, J. Biggs, B.E. Cohen, D.N. Barfod and E. Lewi, The eruptive history and magmatic evolution of Aluto volcano: new insights into silicic peralkaline volcanism in the Ethiopian rift, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, in press. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.09.010)
  • W. Hutchison, R. Fusillo, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, J. Blundy, J. Biggs, G. Yirgu, B.E. Cohen, R. Brooker, D.N. Barfod and A.T. Calvert, A pulse of mid-Pleistocene rift volcanism in Ethiopia at the dawn of modern humans, Nature Communications, in press. *OPEN ACCESS*

2016

  • L.M.E. Percival, A.S. Cohen, M.K. Davies, A.J. Dickson, S.P. Hesselbo, H.C. Jenkyns, M.J. Leng, T.A. Mather, M.S. Storm and W. Xu, Osmium-isotope evidence for two pulses of increased continental weathering linked to Early Jurassic volcanism and climate change, Geology, 44, 759-762, 2016. (doi:10.1130/G37997.1) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • W. Hutchison, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, E. Lewi, G. Yirgu, S. Caliro, G. Chiodini, L.E. Clor and T. Fischer, Causes of unrest at silicic calderas in the East African Rift: new constraints from InSAR and soil-gas chemistry at Aluto volcano, Ethiopia, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 17, 3008-3030, 2016. (doi:10.1002/2016GC006395) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • A.J. Prata, F. Dezitter, I. Davies, K. Weber, M. Birnfeld, D. Moriano, C. Bernardo, A. Vogel, G.S. Prata, T.A. Mather, H.E. Thomas, J. Commas, and M. Weber, Artificial cloud test confirms volcanic ash detection using infrared spectral imaging, Scientific Reports, 6, 25620, 2016. (doi:10.1038/srep25620) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • E. Carboni, R.G. Grainger, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, G. Thomas, R. Siddans, A. Smith, A. Dudhia, M. Kououli and D. Balis, The vertical distribution of volcanic SO2 plumes measured by IASI, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 4343-4367, 2016. (doi:10.5194/acp-16-4343-2016) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • H. Rawson, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, V.C. Smith, K. Fontijn, S. Lachowyz, J.A. Naranjo, The magmatic and eruptive response of arc volcanoes to deglaciation: insights from southern Chile, Geology, 44, 251-254, 2016. (doi:10.1130/G37504.1) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • K. Fontijn, H. Rawson, M. Van Daele, J. Moernaut, A.M. Abarzúa, K. Heirman, S. Bertrand, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, M. De Batist, J.-A. Naranjo and H. Moreno, Synchronisation of sedimentary records using tephra: A post-glacial tephrochronological model for the Chilean Lake District, Quaternary Science Reviews, 137, 234-254, 2016. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.02.015) *OPEN ACCESS*

2015

  • A. Schmidt, S. Leadbetter, N. Theys, E. Carboni, C.S. Witham, J.A. Stevenson, C.E. Birch, T. Thordarson, S. Turnock, S. Barsotti, L. Delaney, W. Feng, R.G, Grainger, M.C. Hort, Á. Höskuldsson, I. Ialongo, E. Ilyinskaya, T. Jóhannsson, P. Kenny, T.A. Mather, N.A.D. Richards and J. Shepherd, Satellite detection, long-range transport and air quality impacts of volcanic sulfur dioxide from the 2014-2015 flood lava eruption at Bárðarbunga (Iceland), Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 120, 9739-9757, 2015. (doi:10.1002/2015JD023638) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • T.A. Mather, Volcanoes and the environment: lessons for understanding Earth’s past and future from studies of present-day volcanic emissions, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 304, 160-179, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.08.016) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • J.G.C. Ball, B.E. Reed, R.G. Grainger, D.M. Peters, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Measurements of the complex refractive index of volcanic ash at 450, 546.7 and 650 nm, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 120, 7747-7757, 2015. (doi:10.1002/2015JD023521) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • J.A.J. Scott, M.C.S. Humphreys, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and M.J. Stock, Insights into the behaviour of S, F, and Cl at Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala, from apatite and glass, Lithos, 232, 375-394, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.07.004) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • L.M.E. Percival, M.L.I. Witt, T.A. Mather, M. Hermoso, H.C. Jenkyns, S.P. Hesselbo, A.H. Al-Suwaidi, M.S. Storm, W. Xu and M. Ruhl, Globally enhanced mercury deposition during the end-Pliensbachian extinction and Toarcian OAE: A link to the Karoo-Ferrar Large Igneous Province, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 428, 267-280, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.064) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • S.M. Lachowycz, D.M. Pyle, J.S. Gilbert, T.A. Mather, K. Mee, J.A. Naranjo and L.K. Hobbs, Glaciovolcanism at Volcán Sollipulli, southern Chile: lithofacies analysis and interpretation, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 303, 59-78, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.06.021) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • M.W. Airey, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, L.S. Glaze, R.C. Ghail, and C.F. Wilson, Explosive volcanic activity on Venus: The roles of volatile contribution, degassing, and external environment, Planetary and Space Science, 113-114, 33-48, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.pss.2015.01.009) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • W. Hutchison, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, J. Biggs and G. Yirgu, Structural controls on fluid pathways in an active rift system: A case study of the Aluto volcanic complex, Geosphere, 11, 542-562, 2015. (doi:10.1130/GES01119.1) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • H. Rawson, J.A. Naranjo, V.C. Smith, K. Fontijn, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and H. Moreno, The frequency and magnitude of post-glacial explosive eruptions at Volcán Mocho-Choshuenco, southern Chile, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 299, 103-129, 2015. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.04.003) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • M.M. Parks, J.D.P. Moore, X. Papanikolaou, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, C. Raptakis, D. Paradissis, A. Hooper, B. Parsons, P. Nomikou, From quiescence to unrest – 20 years of satellite geodetic measurements at Santorini volcano, Greece,  Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 120, 1309-1328, 2015. (doi:10.1002/2014JB011540) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • T.J. Browning, K. Stone, H. Bouman, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, C.M. Moore and V. Martinez-Vicente, Volcanic ash supply to the surface ocean – remote sensing of biological responses and their wider biogeochemical significance, Frontiers in Marine Science – Marine Biogeochemistry, 2, 14, 2015. (doi:10.3389/fmars.2015.0001)
  • S. Self, L.S. Glaze, A. Schmidt and T.A. Mather, Volatile release from flood basalt eruptions: understanding the potential environmental effects. In Volcanism and Global Environmental Change (Edited by A. Schmidt, K. Fristad and L.T. Elkins-Tanton), Cambridge University Press, 164-176, 2015.
  • T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Volcanic emissions: short-term perturbations, long-term consequences and global environmental change. In Volcanism and Global Environmental Change (Edited by A. Schmidt, K. Fristad and L.T. Elkins-Tanton), Cambridge University Press, 208-227, 2015.

2014

  • S. Self, A. Schmidt and T.A. Mather, Emplacement characteristics, time scales, and volcanic gas release rates of continental flood basalt eruptions on Earth. In G. Keller and A.C. Kerr (eds.). Volcanism, Impacts and Mass Extinctions: Causes and Effects. Geological Society of America Special Paper 505, 319-337, 2014. (doi:10.1130/2014.2505(16)) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • S.K. Ebmeier, A.M. Sayer, R.G. Grainger, T.A. Mather and E. Carboni, Systematic satellite observations of the impact of aerosols from passive volcanic degassing on local cloud properties, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 10601-10618, 2014. (doi:10.5194/acp-14-10601-2014)
  • O.D. Lamb, N.R. Varley, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, P.J. Smith and E.J. Liu, Multiple timescales of cyclical behaviour observed at two dome-forming eruptions, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 284, 106-121, 2014. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.07.013) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • T.J. Browning, H.A. Bouman, G.M. Henderson, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, C. Schlosser, E.M.S. Woodward and C.M. Moore, Strong responses of Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities to volcanic ash, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2851-2857, 2014. (doi:10.1002/2014GL059364) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • E.B. Webb, N.R. Varley, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, Thermal imaging and analysis of short-lived Vulcanian explosions at Volcán de Colima, Mexico, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 278-279, 132-145, 2014. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.03.013)
  • M.L. Daggitt, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and S. Page, AshCalc – A new tool for the comparison of the exponential, power-law and Weibull models of tephra deposition, Journal of Applied Volcanology, 3, 7, 2014. (doi:10.1186/2191-5040-3-7) *OPEN ACCESS* Click here for web-based AshCalc tool on Vhub: https://vhub.org/resources/ashcalc
  • B.T. McCormick, M. Herzog, J. Yang, M. Edmonds, T.A. Mather, S.A. Carn, S. Hidalgo and B. Langmann, A comparison of satellite- and ground-based measurements of SO2 emissions from Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 119, 4264-4285, 2014. (doi:10.1002/2013JD019771)
  • J. Biggs, S.K. Ebmeier, W.P. Aspinall, Z. Lu, M.E. Pritchard, R.S.J. Sparks and T.A. Mather, Global link between deformation and volcanic eruption quantified by satellite imagery, Nature Communications, 5, 3471, 2014. (doi:10.1038/ncomms4471)
  • P. Nomikou, M.M. Parks, D. Papanikolaou, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, S. Carey, A.B. Watts, M. Paulatto, M.L. Kalnins, I. Livanos, K. Bejelou, E. Simou and I. Perros, The emergence and growth of a submarine volcano: the Kameni islands, Santorini (Greece), GeoResJ, 1-2, 8-18, 2014. (doi:10.1016/j.grj.2014.02.002) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • K. Fontijn, S.M. Lachowycz, H. Rawson, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, J.A. Naranjo and H. Moreno-Roa, Late Quaternary tephrostratigraphy of southern Chile and Argentina, Quaternary Science Reviews, 89, 70-84, 2014. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.02.007) *OPEN ACCESS*

2013

  • D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs, Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling – Introduction. In D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs (eds). Remote-sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes: integrating observation and modelling. Geological Society Special Publication 380, 1-13, 2013. (doi:10.1144/SP380.14) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • S.K. Ebmeier, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather and F. Amelung, Applicability of InSAR to tropical volcanoes: insights from Central America. In D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs (eds). Remote-sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes: integrating observation and modelling. Geological Society Special Publication 380, 15-37, 2013. (doi:10.1144/SP380.2)
  • W. Hutchison, N. Varley, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J.A. Stevenson, Airborne thermal remote sensing of the Volcán de Colima (Mexico) Lava Dome from 2007 to 2010. In D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs (eds). Remote-sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes: integrating observation and modelling. Geological Society Special Publication 380, 203-228, 2013. (doi:10.1144/SP380.8)
  • B.T. McCormick, M. Edmonds, T.A. Mather, R. Campion, C.S.L. Hayer, H.E. Thomas and S.A. Carn, Volcano monitoring applications of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). In D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J. Biggs (eds). Remote-sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes: integrating observation and modelling. Geological Society Special Publication 380, 259-291, 2013. (doi:10.1144/SP380.11)
  • M. Edmonds, I.R. Sides, D. Swanson, C. Werner, R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather, R.A. Herd, R.L. Jones, M.I. Mead, G. Sawyer, T.J. Roberts A.J. Sutton and T. Elias, Magma storage, transport and degassing during the 2008-10 summit eruption at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai`i, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 123, 284-301, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.gca.2013.05.038) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • S.M. Lachowycz, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, N.R. Varley, H.M. Odbert, P.D. Cole and G.A. Reyes-Dávila, Long-range correlations identified in time-series of volcano seismicity during dome-forming eruptions using detrended fluctuation analysis, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 264, 197-209, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2013.07.009)
  • M.M. Parks, S. Caliro, G. Chiodini, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, K. Berlo, M. Edmonds, J. Biggs, P. Nomikou and C. Raptakis, Distinguishing contributions to diffuse CO2 emissions in volcanic areas from magmatic degassing and thermal decarbonation using soil gas 222Rn-δ13C systematics: application to Santorini volcano, Greece, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 180-190, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.06.046)
  • K. Berlo, H. Tuffen, V.C. Smith, J.M. Castro, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and K. Geraki, Element variations in rhyolitic magma resulting from gas transport, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 436-451, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.gca.2013.07.032)
  • E.J. Nicholson, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, H.M. Odbert and T. Christopher, 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, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.05.032) *OPEN ACCESS*
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and J.A. Naranjo, Arc magma compositions controlled by linked thermal and chemical gradients above the subducting slab, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 2550-2556, 2013. (doi:10.1002/grl.50513)
  • S.K. Ebmeier, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather and F. Amelung, On the lack of InSAR observations of magmatic deformation at Central American volcanoes, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 118, 2571-2585, 2013. (doi:10.1002/jgrb.50195)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, Evidence of mid- to late-Holocene explosive rhyolitic eruptions from Chaitén volcano, Chile, Andean Geology, 40, 216-226, 2013. (doi:10.5027/andgeoV40n2-a02)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, The volcanic response to deglaciation: evidence from glaciated arcs and a reassessment of global eruption records, Earth-Science Reviews, 122, 77-102, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.03.007)
  • J.A.J. Scott, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather and W.I. Rose, Geochemistry and evolution of the Santiaguito volcanic dome complex, Guatemala, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 252, 92-107, 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.11.011)

2012

  • M.M. Parks, J. Biggs, P. England, T.A. Mather, P. Nomikou, K. Palamartchouk, X. Papanikolaou, D. Paradissis, B. Parsons, D.M. Pyle, C. Raptakis and V. Zacharis, Evolution of Santorini Volcano dominated by episodic and rapid fluxes of melt from depth, Nature Geoscience, 5, 749-754, 2012. (doi:10.1038/ngeo1562)
  • J.A.J. Scott, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, W.I. Rose and G. Chigna, The magmatic plumbing system beneath Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 237-238, 54-68, 2012. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.05.014)
  • S.K. Ebmeier, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather, J.R. Elliott, G. Wadge and F. Amelung, Measuring large topographic change with InSAR: lava thicknesses, extrusion rate and subsidence rate at Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 335-336, 216-225, 2012. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.027)
  • R.C. Ghail, C. Wilson, M. Galand, D. Hall, C. Cochrane, P. Mason, J. Helbert, F. MontMessin, S. Limaye, M. Patel, N. Bowles, D. Stam, J. Wahlund, F. Rocca, D. Waltham, T.A. Mather, J. Biggs, M. Genge, P. Paillou, K. Mitchell, L. Wilson and U.N. Singh, EnVision: taking the pulse of our twin planet, Experimental Astronomy, 33, 337-363, 2012. (doi:10.1007/s10686-011-9244-3)
  • R.S. Martin, M.L.I. Witt, G.M. Sawyer, H.E. Thomas, S.F.L. Watt, E. Bagnato, S. Calabrese, A. Aiuppa, P. Delmelle, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, Bioindication of volcanic mercury (Hg) deposition around Mt Etna (Sicily), Chemical Geology, 310-311, 12-22, 2012. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.03.022)
  • B.T. McCormick, M. Edmonds, T.A. Mather and S.A. Carn, First synoptic analysis of volcanic degassing in Papua New Guinea, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13, Q03008, 2012. (doi:10.1029/2011GC003945)
  • T.A. Mather, M.L.I. Witt, D.M. Pyle, B.M. Quayle, A. Aiuppa, E. Bagnato, R.S. Martin, K.W.W. Sims, M. Edmonds, A.J. Sutton and E. Ilyinskaya, Halogens and trace metal emissions from the ongoing 2008 summit eruption of Kīlauea volcano, Hawai`i, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 83, 292-323, 2012. (doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.11.029)

2011

  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, J.A. Naranjo, G. Rosqvist, M. Mella, T.A. Mather and H. Moreno, Holocene tephrochronology of the Hualaihue region (Andean southern volcanic zone, ~42° S), southern Chile, Quaternary International, 246, 324-343, 2011. (doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.05.029)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, Geology, petrology and geochemistry of the dome complex of Huequi volcano, southern Chile, Andean Geology, 38, 335-348, 2011. (doi:10.5027/a05) (click here to go to this)
  • G.M. Sawyer, G.G. Salerno, J.S. Le Blond, R.S. Martin, L. Spampinato, T.J. Roberts, T.A. Mather, M.L.I. Witt, V.I. Tsanev and C. Oppenheimer, Gas and aerosol emissions from Villarrica volcano, Chile, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 203, 62-75, 2011. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2011.04.003)
  • M.M. Parks, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, F. Amelung, M.L. Monsalve and L Narváez Medina, Co-eruptive subsidence at Galeras identified during an InSAR survey of Colombian volcanoes (2006-2009), Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 202, 228-240, 2011. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2011.02.007).
  • R.S. Martin, M.L.I. Witt, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, S.F.L. Watt, E. Bagnato and S. Calabrese, Rapid oxidation of mercury (Hg) at volcanic vents: Insights from high temperature thermodynamic models of Mt Etna’s emissions, Chemical Geology, 283, 279-286, 2011. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.01.027)

2010

  • S.K. Ebmeier, J. Biggs, T.A. Mather, G. Wadge and F. Amelung, Steady downslope movement on the western flank of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 11, Q12004, 2010. (doi:10.1029/2010GC003263)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, J.A. Day, M.L.I. Witt, S.J. Collins and R.G. Hilton, Major and trace element distributions around active volcanic vents determined by analyses of grasses: Implications for element cycling and biomonitoring, Bulletin of Volcanology, 72, 1009-1020, 2010. (doi:10.1007/s00445-010-0374-7)
  • R.S. Martin, G.M. Sawyer, L. Spampinato, G.G. Salerno, C. Ramirez, E. Ilyinskaya, M.L.I. Witt, T.A. Mather, I.M. Watson, J.C. Phillips and C. Oppenheimer, A total volatile inventory for Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 115, B09215, 2010. (doi:10.1029/2010JB007480)
  • M.L.I. Witt, T.A. Mather, A.R. Baker, C-J. de Hoog and D.M. Pyle, Atmospheric trace metals over the South-West Indian Ocean: Total gaseous mercury, aerosol trace metal concentrations and lead isotope ratios, Marine Chemistry, 121, 2-16, 2010. (doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2010.02.005)
  • R.G. Harrison, K.A. Nicoll, Z. Ulanowski and T.A. Mather, Self-charging of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic ash plume, Environmental Research Letters, 5, 024004, 2010. (doi:10.1088/1748-9326/5/2/024004); Included in ERL highlights of 2010
  • E. Ilyinskaya, C. Oppenheimer, T.A. Mather, R.S. Martin and P.R. Kyle, Size-resolved chemical composition of aerosol emitted by Erebus volcano, Antarctica, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 11, Q03017, 2010. (doi:10.1029/2009GC002855)
  • M.L.I Witt, N. Meheran, T.A. Mather, C-J. de Hoog and D.M. Pyle, Aerosol trace metals, particle morphology and total gaseous mercury in the atmosphere of Oxford, UK, Atmospheric Environment, 44, 1524-1538, 2010. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.01.008)
  • B.M. Quayle, T.A. Mather, M.L.I. Witt, B.A. Maher, R. Mitchell, R.S. Martin and S. Calabrese, Application and evaluation of biomagnetic and biochemical monitoring of the dispersion and deposition of volcanically-derived particles at Mt. Etna, Italy, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 191, 107-116, 2010. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.01.004)

2009

  • R.S. Martin, S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, N.E. Matthews, B. Georg, J.A. Day, T. Fairhead, M.L.I. Witt and B.M. Quayle, Environmental effects of ashfall in Argentina from the 2008 Chaitén volcanic eruption, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 184, 462-472, 2009. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.04.010)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, J.A. Naranjo and T.A. Mather, Landslide and tsunami hazard at Yate volcano, Chile, as an example of edifice destruction on strike-slip fault zones, Bulletin of Volcanology, 71, 559-574, 2009. (doi:10.1007/s00445-008-0242-x)
  • D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, Halogens in igneous processes and their fluxes to the atmosphere and oceans from volcanic activity: a review, Chemical Geology, 263, 110-121, 2009. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.11.013)
  • R.S. Martin, T.J. Roberts, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, The implications of H2S and H2 stability in high-T mixtures of magmatic and atmospheric gases for the production of oxidized trace species (e.g., BrO and NOx), Chemical Geology, 263, 143-150, 2009. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.12.028)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, M. Power, V.I. Tsanev, C. Oppenheimer, A.G. Allen, C.J. Horwell and E.P.W. Ward, Size distributions of fine silicate and other particles in Masaya’s volcanic plume, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 114, D09217, 2009. (doi:10.1029/2008JD011211); Editors’ Highlight
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, R.S. Martin and N.E. Matthews, Fallout and distribution of volcanic ash over Argentina following the May 2008 explosive eruption of Chaitén, Chile, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 114, B04207, 2009. (doi:10.1029/2008JB006219)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, The influence of Great Earthquakes on volcanic eruption rate along the Chilean subduction zone, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 277, 399-407, 2009. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.11.005)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, S.F.L. Watt, J. Day, S.J. Collins, T.E. Wright, A. Aiuppa and S. Calabrese, Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) leaves as a bio-indicator of volcanic gas, aerosol and ash deposition on the flanks of Mt Etna in 2005-2007, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 179, 107-119, 2009. (doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.10.012)

2008

  • T.A. Mather, Volcanoes and the atmosphere: the potential role of the atmosphere in unlocking the reactivity of volcanic emissions, Philosophical Transactions A, 366, 4581-4595, 2008. (doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0152)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, M. Power, A.G. Allen, A. Aiuppa, C.J. Horwell and E.P.W. Ward, Composition-resolved size distributions of volcanic aerosols in the Mt. Etna plumes, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 113, D17211, 2008. (doi:10.1029/2007JD009648)
  • P. Gabrielli, C. Barbante, J.M.C. Plane, C.F. Boutron, J.L. Jaffrezo, T.A. Mather, B. Stenni, V. Gaspari, G. Cozzi, C. Ferrari and P. Cescon, Siderophile metal fallout to Greenland from the 1991 winter eruption of Hekla (Iceland) and during the global atmospheric perturbation of Pinatubo, Chemical Geology, 255, 78-86, 2008. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.06.012)
  • M.R. James, L. Wilson, S.J. Lane, J.S. Gilbert, T.A. Mather, R.G. Harrison and R.S. Martin, Electrical charging of volcanic plumes, Space Science Reviews, 137, 399-418, 2008. (doi:10.1007/s11214-008-9362-z)
  • M.L.I. Witt, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, A. Aiuppa, E. Bagnato and V.I. Tsanev, Mercury and halogen emissions from Masaya and Telica volcanoes, Nicaragua, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 113, B06203, 2008. (doi:10.1029/2007JB005401)
  • T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and T.H.E. Heaton, Investigation of the use of filter packs to measure the sulphur isotopic composition of volcanic sulphur dioxide and the sulphur and oxygen composition of volcanic sulphate aerosol, Atmospheric Environment, 42, 4611-4618. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.01.052)
  • I. Kelman and T.A. Mather, Living with volcanoes: The sustainable livelihoods approach for volcano-related opportunities, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 172, 189-198, 2008. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2007.12.007)

2007

  • A. Aiuppa, E. Bagnato, M.L.I. Witt, T.A. Mather, F. Parello, D.M. Pyle and R.S. Martin, Real-time simultaneous detection of volcanic Hg and SO2 at La Fossa Crater, Vulcano (Aeolian Islands, Sicily), Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L21307, 2007. (doi:10.1029/2007GL030762)
  • E. Bagnato, A. Aiuppa, F. Parello, S. Calabrese, W. D’Alessandro, T.A. Mather, A.J.S. McGonigle, D.M. Pyle and I. Wängberg, Degassing of gaseous (elemental and reactive) and particulate mercury from Mount Etna volcano (Southern Italy), Atmospheric Environment, 41, 7377-7388, 2007. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.05.060)
  • S.F.L. Watt, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Vulcanian explosion cycles: Patterns and predictability, Geology, 35, 839-842, 2007. (doi:10.1130/G23562A.1)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Volcanic Emissions and the Early Earth Atmosphere, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, 3673-3685, 2007. (doi:10.1016/j.gca.2007.04.035)
  • S.F.L. Watt, D.M. Pyle, T.A. Mather, J.A. Day and A. Aiuppa, The use of tree-rings and foliage as an archive of volcanogenic cation deposition, Environmental Pollution, 148, 48-61, 2007. (doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2006.11.007)
  • T.A. Mather, J.R. McCabe, V.K. Rai, M.H. Thiemens, D.M. Pyle, T.H.E. Heaton, H.J. Sloane, and G.R. Fern, Correction to “Oxygen and sulphur isotope composition of volcanic sulphate aerosol at the point of emission”, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 112, D09306, 2007. (doi:10.1029/2007JD008551)
  • T.A. Mather, R.G. Harrison, V.I. Tsanev, D.M. Pyle, M.L. Karumudi, A.J. Bennett, G.M. Sawyer and E.J. Highwood, Observations of the plume generated by the December 2005 oil depot explosions and prolonged fire at Buncefield (Hertfordshire, UK) and associated atmospheric changes, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 463, 1153-1177, 2007. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2006.1810)
  • A. Aiuppa, A. Franco, R. von Glasow, A.G. Allen, W. D’Alessandro, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and M. Valenza, The tropospheric processing of acidic gases and hydrogen sulphide in volcanic gas plumes as inferred from field and model investigations, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 7, 1441-1450, 2007. (www.atmos-chem-phys.net/7/1441/2007/)

2006

  • W.I. Rose, G.A. Millard, T.A. Mather, D.E. Hunton, B. Anderson, C. Oppenheimer, B.F. Thornton, T.M. Gerlach, A.A. Viggiano, Y. Kondo, T.M. Miller and J.O. Ballenthin, The atmospheric chemistry of a 33-34 hour old volcanic cloud from Hekla Volcano (Iceland): insights from direct sampling and the application of chemical box modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 111, D20206, 2006. (doi:10.1029/2005JD006872)
  • G.A. Millard, T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, W.I. Rose and B.F. Thornton, Halogen emissions from a small volcanic eruption: Modeling the peak concentrations, dispersion and volcanically induced ozone loss in the stratosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L19815, 2006. (doi:10.1029/2006GL026959)
  • T.A. Mather, J.R. McCabe, V.K. Rai, M.H. Thiemens, D.M. Pyle, T.H.E. Heaton, H.J. Sloane and G. Fern, The oxygen and sulfur isotopic composition of volcanic sulfate aerosol at the point of emission, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 111, D18205, 2006. (doi:10.1029/2005JD006584)
  • T.A. Mather and R.G. Harrison, Electrification of volcanic plumes, Surveys in Geophysics, 27, 387-432, 2006. (doi:10.1007/s10712-006-9007-2)
  • A.G. Allen, T.A. Mather, A.J.S. McGonigle, A. Aiuppa, P. Delmelle, B. Davison, N. Bobrowski, C. Oppenheimer, D.M. Pyle and S. Inguaggiato, Sources, size distribution and downwind grounding of aerosols from Mt. Etna, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 111, D10302, 2006. (doi:10.1029/2005JD006015)
  • R.S. Martin, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, High temperature mixtures of magmatic and atmospheric gases, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 7, Q04006, 2006. (doi:10.1029/2005GC001186)
  • T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle, V.I. Tsanev, A.J.S. McGonigle, C. Oppenheimer and A.G. Allen, A reassessment of current volcanic emissions from the Central American arc with specific examples from Nicaragua, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 149, 297-311, 2006. (doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2005.07.021)

2005

  • G.R. Fern, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Investigation of near-source basaltic glasses using 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, Hyperfine Interactions, 166, 705-708, 2005. (doi:10.1007/s10751-006-9345-y)
  • D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, The regional influence of volcanic emissions from Popocatéptl, Mexico. Discussion of “Measurement of aerosol particles, gases and flux radiation in the Pico de Orizaba Nacional Park, and its relationship to air pollution transport”, Márquez et al., 2005, Atmospheric Environment, 39, 3877-3890 Atmospheric Environment, 39, 6475-6478, 2005. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.07.022)
  • C. Oppenheimer, P.R. Kyle, V.I. Tsanev, A.J.S. McGonigle, T.A. Mather and D. Sweeney, Mt. Erebus, the largest point source of NO2 in Antarctica, Atmospheric Environment, 39, 6000-6006, 2005. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.06.036)

2004

  • T.A. Mather, V.I. Tsanev, D.M. Pyle, A.J.S. McGonigle, C. Oppenheimer and A.G. Allen, Characterization and evolution of tropospheric plumes from Lascar and Villarrica volcanoes, Chile, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 109, D21303, 2004. (doi:10.1029/2004JD004934)
  • T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and A.G. Allen, Volcanic source for fixed nitrogen in the early Earth’s atmosphere, Geology, 32, 905-908, 2004. (doi:10.1130/G20679.1)
  • T.A. Mather, C. Oppenheimer, A.G. Allen and A.J.S. McGonigle, Aerosol chemistry of emissions from three contrasting volcanoes in Italy, Atmospheric Environment, 38, 5637-5649, 2004. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2004.06.017)
  • C.J. Horwell, A.G Allen, T.A. Mather and J.E. Patterson, Evaluation of a novel passive sampling technique for monitoring volcanogenic hydrogen sulphide, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 6, 630-635, 2004. (doi:10.1039/b400746h)
  • A.J.S. McGonigle, P. Delmelle, C. Oppenheimer, V.I. Tsanev, T. Delfosse, G. Williams-Jones, K. Horton and T.A. Mather, SO2 depletion in tropospheric volcanic plumes, Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L13201, 2004. (doi:10.1029/2004GL019990)
  • T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Volcanic emissions of mercury to the atmosphere: global and regional inventories. Comment. The Science of the Total Environment, 327, 323-329, 2004. (doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2003.08.031)
  • T.A. Mather, A.G. Allen, B.M. Davison, D.M. Pyle, C. Oppenheimer and A.J.S. McGonigle, Nitric Acid from Volcanoes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 218, 17-30, 2004. (doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(03)00640-X)

2003

  • T.A. Mather, A.G. Allen, C. Oppenheimer, D.M. Pyle and A.J.S. McGonigle, Size-resolved characterisation of soluble ions in the particles in the tropospheric plume of Masaya volcano, Nicaragua: Origins and plume processing, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, 46, 207-237, 2003. (doi:10.1023/A:1026327502060)
  • T.A. Mather, D.M. Pyle and C. Oppenheimer, 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, 2003.
  • D.M. Pyle and T.A. Mather, The importance of volcanic emissions in the global atmospheric mercury cycle, Atmospheric Environment, 37, 5115-5124, 2003. (doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2003.07.011)
  • P. Vallelonga and T.A. Mather, Lead (Pb) fluxes and Pb isotopic compositions from Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua, Atmospheric Environment, 37, 4453-4460, 2003. (doi:10.1016/S1352-2310(03)00580-6)
  • A.J.S. McGonigle, C. Oppenheimer, A.R. Hayes, B. Galle, M. Edmonds, T. Caltabiano, G. Salerno, M. Burton and T.A. Mather, Sulphur dioxide fluxes from Mount Etna, Vulcano, and Stromboli measured with an automated scanning ultraviolet spectrometer, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 108, 2455, 2003. (doi:10.1029/2002JB002261)

2002

  • A.J.S. McGonigle, C. Oppenheimer, B. Galle, T.A. Mather and D.M. Pyle, Walking traverse and scanning DOAS measurements of volcanic gas emission rates, Geophysical Research Letters, 29, 1985, 2002. (doi:10.1029/2002GL015827)

Highlights of other published output:

  • Tsanev, V.I. and Mather, T.A., 2007. Microtops Inverse: Software package for retrieving aerosol columnar size distributions using Microtops II data. Available (plus the downloadable .exe codes) from http://fsf.nerc.ac.uk/resources/software/MicrotopsInverse.shtml.
  • Building Bridges: Science meets Parliament, Johnian News, Issue 20, November 2006, p.5.
  • POSTnote (parliamentary briefing), Carbon capture and storage, March 2005.
  • Tamsin Mather, A volcanic breath of life?, Chemistry World, 1(12), 30-34, December 2004.
  • Plumbing the depths, The Economist, April 24th 2004, p. 95.
  • Winters of discontent, The Economist, April 17th 2004, p. 87.