Skip to main content

Matthew Head


  • Ph.D. Geology (2021) University of Exeter, UK
    • Thesis: Viscoelastic Controls on Volcanic Ground Deformation and Reservoir Failure
  • M.Sci Geophysics (2017) University of Southampton, UK
    • Thesis: Separating the Electromagnetic Responses Owing to Magma Beneath the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, and the Surrounding Ocean Bathymetry 

Awards and Honors

2023 - Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) Willy Aspinall Award

2017 - British Geophysical Association Graduation Award

Recent Publications

Hickey, J., Pascal, K., Head, M., Gottsmann, J., Fournier, N., Hreinsdottir, S., Syers, R. (2022) Magma pressurization sustains ongoing eruptive episode at dome-building Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Geology.

Head, M.,  Hickey, J.,  Thompson, J.,  Gottsmann, J., &  Fournier, N. (2022).  Rheological Controls on Magma Reservoir Failure in a Thermo-Viscoelastic Crust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 127, e2021JB023439.

Head, M., Hickey, J., Gottsmann, J., & Fournier, N. (2021). Exploring the Impact of Thermally Controlled Crustal Viscosity on Volcanic Ground Deformation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth126(8), 1–22.

Yeomans, C. M., Head, M., & Lindsay, J. J. (2021). Application of the tilt derivative transform to bathymetric data for structural lineament mapping. Journal of Structural Geology146(February), 104301.

Head, M., Hickey, J., Gottsmann, J., & Fournier, N. (2019). The Influence of Viscoelastic Crustal Rheologies on Volcanic Ground Deformation: Insights From Models of Pressure and Volume Change. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth124(8), 8127–8146.