Dr Susan Loughlin

Dr Susan Loughlin

Team Leader Volcanology

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 417

E-mail Dr Susan Loughlin


  • 2008 – ongoing : Head of Volcanology
  • 2004 –2006 : Director of Montserrat Volcano Observatory
  • 1999 –2003 : BGS Geologist (e.g. mapping ignimbrites)
  • 1997 –1999 : Deputy Chief Scientist (job share) of Montserrat Volcano Observatory
  • 1995 : BGS Geologist, Borrowdale Volcanic Group, Lake District
  • 1995 : PhD University of Durham, The Evolution of the Eyjafjoll Volcanic System, Southern Iceland
  • 1991 : BSc University of Leicester, Geology


  • 2017 : VMSG (Geological Society London) Thermo-Fisher award: ‘A significant contribution to our current understanding of volcanic and magmatic processes’
  • 2014 : MBE - UK Honours List 2014 - ‘Services to Volcanology’.

Current projects and collaboration

Key papers

  • Lechner, P., Tupper, A., Guffanti, M., Loughlin, S., Casadevall, T. 2017. Volcanic ash and aviation – the challenges of real-time, global communication of a natural hazard. In: Volcanic crisis communication: 51-64, In: Observing the Volcano World. Advances in Volcanology. Fearnley CJ,Bird DK,Haynes K,McGuire W,Jolly G (Eds). Springer.
  • Loughlin, S., Bonadonna, C., Barsotti, S. & Calder, E. 2017. Geophysical risk: volcanic activity, 151-163. In: Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: knowing better and losing less. Poljanšek, K. (Editor), European Commission
  • 2013 : Wadge, G., Voight, B., Sparks, R. S. J., Cole, P., Loughlin, S. C. 2013. An overview of the Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano from 2000-2010. Montserrat Special Issue (Geological Society Memoir). In press.
  • 2013 : Stephenson, J. A., Loughlin, S. C. et al. 2012. Distal deposition of tephra from the Eyjafjallajokull 2010 summit eruption, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JB008904.

Professional association

  • Member of IAVCEI and various  working groups

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Communicating science
  • Environmental and social impacts of volcanic eruptions
  • Physical volcanology
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Science into policy and procedure
  • Volcanic hazards (primary and secondary)


  • Physical volcanology
  • Volcanoes and DRR
  • Geological mapping of volcanic terrains
  • Volcano monitoring