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Dr Sharon Allen is an Australian Research Council Research Fellow in physical volcanology based at the School of Earth Sciences and CODES. She received her BSc from Massey University (New Zealand), her MSc (first-class Hons) on volcanic hazards from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and her PhD on a large caldera-forming eruption from Monash University in 1998 under the supervision of Ray Cas.
Sharon came to UTAS in 1998 as a postdoctoral research fellow to work with Jocelyn McPhie on widespread felsic units in the Gawler Range Volcanics (South Australia), and on submarine pumice breccias. In 2001 she was granted an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on submarine volcaniclastic mass flow deposits that result from large-scale eruption and failure events using experimental simulations and textural analysis. In 2004 she was granted an Australian Research Council Research Fellowship. Her current research focuses on submarine explosive eruptions of silicic magma using modern sea-floor examples, ancient successions and experiments.
Sharon has become internationally recognised in the volcanological community for her research on the Kos Plateau Tuff, a major caldera-forming eruption, and more recently on submarine explosive volcanism. She is the current treasurer of the Learned Australasian Volcanological Association (LAVA) and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
2012 PhD Supervision
Authorised by the Head of School, Physical Sciences
2 December, 2014