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Photo of Richard Herd RICHARD HERD

Richard Angus Herd is employed by the British Geological Survey and lives in Cumbria, England. He earned a B.Sc. at St. Andrews University in Scotland and his Ph.D. at Lancaster University in England.

Richard's study of volcanoes has taken him to sites around the world. His undergraduate thesis was a study of a volcano on Lipari (southern Italy), and his Ph.D. thesis was a study of explosion dynamics, which involved work in Pantelleria (southern Italy) and Long Valley, California. He has also completed post-doctoral work as a research assistant studying the viscosity of basaltic lavas that erupt in Hawaii. After his supervisor devised a remarkable instrument to measure this property, they tested it on the active flow fields in Hawaii. His other work with the British Geological Survey includes geochemical and mineral surveys.

See Richard Herd's answers to Ask the Scientists questions.

Richard is also featured in Cool Careers in Science.


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