Dr Hannah Buckland

Affiliate, Malvern Panalytical


Dr Hannah Buckland is a Research Officer (postdoctoral researcher) in the Swansea Tephra Group working with Dr Paul Albert on his UKRI Future Leaders Fellow grant. Her research is centred on reconstructing the eruptive histories at volcanoes using a combination of field data and models of volcanic ash transport and deposition.

Prior to her time at Swansea, Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Geology and Physical Geography at the University of Edinburgh (2011-2015), an MSc in Volcanology (2015-2016) and PhD in volcanology (2017-2021) at the University of Bristol.

Hannah joined Swansea University in October 2021 and is based at the Singleton Campus.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Volcanology
  • Tephrochronology
  • Data analysis and visualisation

Career Highlights


Hannah’s research combines fieldwork, laboratory studies and computer modelling.

Her field-based studies involve visiting volcanic areas to map and sample the deposits that are formed by explosive volcanic eruptions (i.e., tephra deposits).

Back in the laboratory, she analyses the physical (e.g., grain size) and geochemical properties of the tephra which can provide information about the source volcano and eruption as well as provide key inputs for models of volcanic ash transport and deposition.