Dr Paul Albert

Future Leaders Fellow, Geography
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Paul Albert is an Earth scientist and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow (FLF) at Swansea University.

His research specialises in reconstructing volcanic eruption histories; specifically determining the source and timing of ancient widespread ash fall events. His UKRI FLF research concentrates on constraining the tempo and magnitude of explosive arc volcanism using ash layers preserved in long sedimentary archives (e.g., marine and lake sediment sequences), and facilitating long-term ash fall hazard assessments.

Prior to the UKRI FLF he held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the University of Oxford (2015-2018), which exploited the unique volcanic ash fall record preserved in the annually laminated (varved) and intensely-dated sediments of Lake Suigetsu, Japan. This research has provided unrivalled insights into the tempo of ancient explosive eruptions at numerous Japanese volcanoes.

Prior to his Fellowship positions, he undertook PDRA positions at Swansea University (2014-2015), and the University of Oxford (2013-2014). The former position focused on the Holocene Tephrochronology of the Greenland ice cores and the identification of ash fall events associated with large caldera-forming eruptions.

He completed his doctorate in Geology at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL; 2008-2012), this research was instrumental in refining the Tephrochronology of the Central Mediterranean. This research exploited detailed geochemical fingerprinting of volcanic glass (melt) compositions erupted at the different volcanoes of the region in order to better quantify eruptive events and the associated ash dispersals. Prior to his doctorate he completed an MSc in Quaternary Science at RHUL (2007) and a BSc in Geography at Swansea University (2005).

Areas Of Expertise

  • Tephrochronology
  • Volcanology
  • Geochemistry
  • Quaternary climate variability

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

• Quaternary climate variability
• Volcanology/Tephrochronology
• Geological Hazards


Paul’s research specialises in the reconstruction of volcanic eruption histories; specifically determining the source, scale and timing of ancient explosive eruptions and their hazardous ash fall events.

His current UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) looks to set a new agenda in volcanic ash fall hazard assessments. To achieve this, his research exploits visible and microscopic (non-visible) volcanic ash (tephra) layers preserved in dense networks of marine and lake sediment cores situated away from their source volcano, in order to reconstruct comprehensive, long-term records of explosive volcanic activity (e.g., frequency and magnitude). His FLF initially concentrates on developing a framework for assessing long-term ash fall hazards in and around Japan, but with a view to implementing this approach globally.

Award Highlights

• UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
• Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
• Reid Scholarship, Royal Holloway University of London


• Lake Suigetsu Varved Sediment Core Projects (http://suigetsu.rits-palaeo.com/ and http://www.suigetsu.org/)
• Research Centre for Volcanic Hazards and Their Mitigation, Tokyo Metropolitan University (https://www.tmu-beyond.tokyo/volcanic-hazards-and-their-mitigation/people.html?lang=en)
• Oxford Tephrochronology Research Group
• TRACERS (https://twitter.com/TRACERS_project)