Dr Katie Preece

Senior Lecturer, Geography

Email address

Kitchen - 248A
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Katie Preece is a volcanologist and geologist. Her research is broadly focused on volcanology, volcanic petrology, and geochronology.

Katie completed a 4-year Undergraduate Masters (MGeosci.) degree in Geology with Biology at Keele University and a Masters in Volcanology at the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Université Blaise Pascal, Clemont-Ferrend (France). She undertook her PhD at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which used detailed field studies and petrological data to reveal the driving forces behind transitions in recent eruptive style at Merapi volcano, Indonesia. She then stayed at UEA for a postdoctoral position, reconstructing the eruptive history of Ascension Island using a combination of physical volcanology and Ar/Ar geochronology. She then held a postdoctoral position at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (University of Glasgow), where she combined Ar/Ar geochronology, geochemistry, and field studies to build a geochronological framework of volcanic eruptions in Armenia in order to inform archaeological investigations into hominin migration and evolution. Katie joined Swansea University in January 2019.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Magmatic and volcanic processes
  • Volcanic hazards
  • Geochronology
  • Geochemistry

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Katie teaches a variety of geoscience and physical geography modules, including volcanology, natural hazards, introductory geology, field skills for earth scientists, and sedimentology. In addition, she enjoys supervising undergraduate and master's dissertations.

Katie holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert tHE) and an Advance HE Fellowship.