Professor Dougal Jerram
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Dougal (aka ‘Dr Volcano’) has been picking up rocks since as long as he can remember. He has a BSc in Geology (Cardiff) and PhD in volcanic rocks (Liverpool) and runs his own company DougalEARTH ltd As well as research and Industry collaborations, Dougal has been involved in a variety of science outreach and media activities as a writer, on-screen expert and more recently presenter. He currently holds a professor II position at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo and is a CBBC presenter for the science series ‘Fierce Earth’. He has written extensively in science journals and magazines and has recently penned two books (the latest ‘Introducing Volcanology – a guide to hot rocks’). In 2006 he was awarded the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society of London, in recognition of his early significant contribution to Earth Sciences. Dougal is a leading expert in Earth Sciences and is passionate about understanding our dynamic blue-green planet, and share that knowledge on. A keen outdoors enthusiast, he has travelled the world in search of answers to its geological past and its active present, visiting many of the Earth's extreme regions from Antarctica to Africa and beyond. Volcanoes are a particular favourite, and you can often find Dougal hunting down hot rocks on active volcanoes, or delving into the Earth’s volcanic past, and at his virtual home DougalEARTH you can follow his antics and find out more.

Entries by Professor Dougal Jerram

Birth of a Volcano: The World Watches Iceland

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Deep and distant rumbles in the ground from yet another unpronounceable volcano in the icy wastes of one of the largest Ice caps in Europe. 'Bárðarbunga' sounds more like something a martial arts turtle might say, but for the last week or so it has had the world captured.

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The Biggest Earth Science Event in Europe - EGU, Vienna 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:26 AM

What is going on? Well the largest earth science related meeting this side of the pond is under way, and its Europe's flagship conference the European Geosciences Union in Vienna 28th April to 2nd May. Why is it important? It brings together scientists from around the world presenting, discussing and...

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What's In a Stone? Curling a Volcano Into the Winter Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I will keep this quite short, but I am actually quite excited! It's the Winter Olympics, the downhill, bobsleigh, ice hockey and ski jumping! All very hard-core stuff. But I am sat here watching, of all things, the Olympic curling. Why, might you ask am I fascinated about...

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Edinburgh Welcomes Earth Scientists for the 50th Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Meeting!

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Not only is Edinburgh sat on an ancient volcano, now marked by 'Arthur's Seat', towering in the centre of the city, it will now mark the New Year by hosting the 50th meeting of the Geological Societies group associated with volcanic and magmatic rocks (VMSG January 5-8th 2014)....

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It's Top Trumps... but of the Explosive Variety!

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 4:06 AM

2013-12-03-Volcanoes_box_TT.jpg We have all sat in the park, in the playground, on holiday, with our prized cards held close to our chest. "Top speed, 2200 mph (Mach 3.2+)", this was a winning card, my favourite the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird. Top Trumps was, and...

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Reversing Atlantis: New Islands From Volcanoes and Earthquakes

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 10:13 AM

2013-11-25-eruptionstrombolijerram.jpg Atlantis, the Land that time forgot, the missing city, the erased civilisation, the lost continent. These words conjure up thoughts of childhood movies, of poorly animated dinosaurs and mythical beasts in a world we no longer know. The thoughts that...

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The Largest Volcano on Earth .....Really??

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 5:32 AM

When it comes to anything these days it's all about what's the biggest, best, fastest etc. That's what makes the headlines, and that's exactly the same for scientific discoveries. But what about the detail behind the hot air? It has been announced that the 'World's largest volcano' has been found...

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What Can Be Done About Tornadoes - The Killer in the Air?

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 7:00 PM

As a presenter on Fierce Earth a factual children's series on the great forces of nature, I have been part of a team putting together episodes on things such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis etc... One of these episodes which was recently put together was called Tornado, and documented these powerful...

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When the Walls Come Crashing Down, Just How Do You Make a Building Earthquake Proof?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 12:14 AM

As I am ushered out of the building in the Delhi suburbs I am told that an earthquake has been felt and we are to evacuate to a safe place. Most of us consider our homes our safe place, but they can be the real enemies in an earthquake. This...

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To Frack or Not to Frack? - Earth Scientists Drive a Debate on Controversial 'Fracking' for Shale Gas

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:19 PM

What does 'fracking' mean to you? A slang version of a swear word used as to avoid censorship? A new dance wave hitting the discothèques? Or a potential solution to the demand for gas over the next 200 years?

Fracking is the practice of hydraulic fracturing of rocks in...

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Did a Comet, Asteroid or a Giant Volcano Kill Off the Dinosaurs?

(58) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM

As you stand under the towering T-Rex fossil at the Natural History Museum or marvel at the sheer size of the diplodocus, it does make you wonder, where are they now? Well the jury keeps swaying its opinion as to what happened and just what caused the velociraptor...

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Mountains Jim... But Not as We Know Them! An Insider's Guide to Volcano Spotting

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The first time I saw a live volcano in the flesh I was poking my geological hammer into red hot lava on the slopes of Kilauea, Hawaii, and we watched lava pour into the sea as the night fell... from that point I was hooked! But can you to become...

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