Dr Magret Damaschke

Dr Magret Damaschke

Core Scanning Facility Supervisor

Location: BGS Keyworth

E-mail Dr Magret Damaschke

ORCID: 0000000235954950


My current role is part of the UK Geoenergy Observatories project (UKGEOS; formerly known as the Energy Security & Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface – ESIOS) and involves the founding and supervision of a new Core Scanning Facility located within the National Geological Repository (NGR) at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth. High-resolution core scanning becomes more and more an essential tool for non-destructive and continuous property analysis of drill cores; benefiting almost any engineering and geoscientific studies. A promising technique that will soon be available here at the BGS in Keyworth.


  • 2017 – ongoing : Core Scanning Facility Supervisor, British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 2013 –2017 : PhD in Earth Sciences, Volcanic Risk Solutions, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 2006 –2012 : Diploma in Geology/Palaeontology, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2007 –2012 : Student Research Assistant, Quaternary Research Group, University of Cologne, Germany
  • –2012 : Graduate Research Project, Department of Earth Sciences, Pisa University, Italy
  • –2011 : Graduate Geological Mapping Project, Department of Geological Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  • –2010 : CIIV Research Assistant, Faculty of Sciences, University of Colima, Mexico
  • 2009 –2010 : Study Abroad, Geography and Environmental Studies, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada

Research interests

  • Scientific drilling
  • Tephrostratigraphy and Tephrochronology
  • Chemical Volcanology
  • Volcanic Hazard and Risk
  • Palaeoenvironmental and Palaeoclimatic Studies
  • Quaternary Science


  • Drill Core Logging/Scanning
  • Electron Microprobe Analyses (EPMA)
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Geological Mapping

Key papers

  • Damaschke, M., Cronin, S. J., and Bebbington M. S., 2018: A volcanic event forecasting model for multiple tephra records, demonstrated on Mt. Taranaki, New Zealand. Bulletin of Volcanology, 80 (1), 9
  • Damaschke, M., Cronin, S. J., Holt, K. A., Bebbington, M. S., and Hogg, A. G., 2017a: A 30,000 yr high-precision eruption history for the andesitic Mt. Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand. Quaternary Research, 87(1), 1-23
  • Damaschke, M., Cronin, S. J., Torres-Orozco, R., and Wallace, R. C., 2017b: Unifying tephrostratigraphic approaches to redefine major Holocene marker tephras, Mt. Taranaki, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 337, 29-43
  • Torres-Orozco, R., Cronin, S. J., Damaschke, M., and Pardo, N., 2017: Diverse dynamics of Holocene mafic-intermediate Plinian eruptions at Mt. Taranaki (Egmont), New Zealand. Bulletin of Volcanology, 79 (11), 76
  • Torres-Orozco, R., Damaschke, M., Palmer, A., 2014: From summit to swamp: high and low explosive eruptive records at Mt Taranaki. In: Holt, K.A. (compiler) Field Trip Guide Volume, GeoSciences 2014 Conference, 24th– 27th November 2014, Pukekura Raceway and Function Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 139B: 5-14
  • Damaschke, M., Sulpizio, R., Zanchetta, Z., Wagner, B., Böhm, A., Nowaczyk, N., Rethemeyer, J., and Hilgers, A., 2013: Tephrostratigraphic studies on a sediment core from Lake Prespa in the Balkans. Climate of the Past, 9, 267-287
  • Zanchetta, G., Wagner, B., Sulpizio, R., Leng, M., and Damaschke, M., 2013: Tephrostratigraphy and paleolimnology of Lake Prespa and Lake Orhid between ca 8 and 50 ka. INTIMATE Meeting, 28th to 30th April, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scottish Highlands
  • Aufgebauer, A., Panagiotopoulos, K., Wagner, B., Schaebitz, F., Viehberg, F.A., Vogel, H., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., Leng, M.J., and Damaschke, M., 2012: Climate and environmental change in the Balkans over the last 17 ka recorded in sediments from Lake Prespa (Albania/F.Y.R. of Macedonia/Greece). Quaternary International, 274, 122-135
  • Wagner, B., Aufgebauer, A., Vogel, H., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., and Damaschke, M., 2012: Late Pleistocene and Holocene contourite drift in Lake Prespa (Albania/F.Y.R. of Macedonia/Greece). Quaternary International, 274, 112-121