Volcanoes create beautiful landscapes, fertile soils and economic resources. They are also a major natural hazard, particularly along the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific Ocean.

Volcanology research at UQ aims to understand the nature, architecture and timescales of magmatic plumbing systems feeding major volcanic eruptions, as well as the connections between tectonic cycles and the generation of magma inside the Earth.

Innovative petrological, geochemical and geochronological techniques used in our local and international research collaborations provide an ideal framework to investigate how volcanoes work and when, why and how they erupt.