CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

Rebecca Carey

Rebecca Carey

Dr Rebecca Carey

Senior Lecturer
ARC Research Fellow

BSc (Hons), PhD

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Geology Building
Room Reference 327
Telephone +61 3 6226 2987
Fax +61 3 6226 2547 (Earth Sciences) +61 3 6226 7662 (CODES)

Career Summary

Dr. Rebecca Carey completed her Undergraduate and Honours degrees at the University of Tasmania. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2008. She then pursued postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley. Rebecca joined the University of Tasmania as an ARC Research Fellow at CODES/School of Physical Sciences in November 2011. She is now a Senior Lecturer within the School of Physical Sciences and a DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research Activity

Rebecca's research is associated with modern volcanic architectures, magma ascent and pyroclast transport processes that operate during subaerial and submarine eruptions. She uses field studies, microtextural and volatile analysis of pyroclasts to understand shallow accent histories of magma of all compositions. Her research also has a focus on understanding pyroclast transport from eruption plumes and the water column during subaerial and submarine explosive eruptions.  

Rebecca is Co-Principal Investigator on a number of US National Science Foundation proposals. These large projects include collaboration with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to understand shallow magma residence, ascent and eruption processes at Kilauea volcano, and seafloor volcanic architectures in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Her current ARC-funded DECRA project is focused on magma storage, eruption and pyroclast transport processes during silicic submarine explosive eruptions. This research is multidisciplinary in collaboration with Japanese, UK, USA and New Zealand colleagues.

PhD supervision (University of Tasmania)

  • Samuel Holt, Basaltic volcanism with emphasis on East Rift Zone eruptions of Kilauea Volcano
  • Jodi Fox, Basaltic volcanism with emphasis on Heard Island, Kerguelen Plateau
  • Daniele Vergani, Magmatic-phreatomagmatic eruptions during the 2011 eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion Island.
  • Fumihiko Ikegami, Lava rheology, cooling and emplacement of submarine silicic lavas and submarine pyroclastic density currents.

Masters Supervision (University of Tasmania)

  • Eyob Andeeskel, A reinvestigation of the Rosebery Group and its potential for VHMS-style mineralisation.

PhD supervision (International Institutions)

  • Maria Janebo, Samantha  (University of Hawaii)
  • Michael May, Arran Murch (University of Otago)


  • PhD Student Committees


Link to Rebecca's Webpage

Research Project/s