Position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Environment, University of Auckland.
Fields: Volcanoes, volcano hazards, petrology, geochemistry.
Dr Phil Shane has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.
After moving to The University of Auckland, his studies have focused on the geology of volcanic regions. He has investigated the history of the Okataina volcanic centre in the central North Island. This involved studying the chemistry and isotope composition of minerals to assess the longevity of rhyolite magmas and to determine the mechanisms that cause them to erupt.
The eruptive history of the basaltic Auckland volcanic field using tephra layers in ancient lake sediments is also an area of investigation. The purpose of that study is to assess past frequency and magnitude of eruptions for hazard analysis.
Phil was the Vice-president of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) International Focus Group on Tephrochronology and Volcanism.
Phil's current research focuses on the eruption histories of volcanoes and the assembly and rise of magmas.
This article is based on information current in 2010 and updated in 2023.
See Phil's profile on the University of Auckland website.