Sophie Butcher

Dr Sophie Butcher

BGS Edinburgh

Sophie Butcher’s biography

  • 2023 to ongoing: Volcanologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2022 to 2023: Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), University of Edinburgh
  • 2017 to 2021: PhD Geology & Geophysics, University of Edinburgh
  • 2013 to 2017: MSci Geophysics, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London


  • Volcano seismology and geophysical monitoring
  • Timeseries analysis and statistical methods in volcanology
  • ‘Big Data’ handling and machine learning in the geosciences

ORCID: 0009-0002-2237-835X


Key Papers

  • Butcher, S, Bell, A F, Hernandez, S, and Ruiz, M. 2021. Evolution of seismicity during a stalled episode of reawakening at Cayambe Volcano, Ecuador. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, p.680865.
  • Butcher, S, Bell, A F, Hernandez, S, Calder, E, Ruiz, M, and Mothes, P. 2020. Drumbeat LP “aftershocks” to a failed explosive eruption at Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador. Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (16), p.e2020GL088301.


NERC Open Research Archive — Dr Sophie Butcher

  • Python programming
  • Installation of seismic instrumentation in challenging and remote environments
  • Public engagement and outreach activities
  • Associate Fellow of Advance HE (AFHEA)
  • Member of European Geosciences Union (EGU)

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