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Céline Vidal, BSc MSc PhD

Céline Vidal, BSc MSc PhD

College Lecturer and Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College

Céline is a volcanologist researching past explosive eruptions that impacted climate and civilisations

Biography

Career

  • Since 2021: Lecturer of Geography, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2019-2021: Marie Skłodowska Curie research associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2016-2018: Leverhulme research associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2015-2016: Teaching fellow, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
  • 2012-2016: PhD student, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France

Qualifications

  • PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences (hons), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
  • Certificate of Scientific Mediation and Journalism, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
  • MSc Geology and Natural Hazards (hons), double MSc degree at the Universitat de Barcelona - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • MSc Chemistry, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, France
  • BSc Chemistry, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, France

Research

The goal of my research is to understand the impacts of gas emissions during explosive eruptions on climate and civilisations. I reconstruct past eruptions with an interdisciplinary approach that involves magma geochemistry, petrology, physical volcanology, tephrostratigraphy, climatology and archaeology.

My Marie Skłodowska Curie project VEILA focuses on major volcanic eruptions known only for their footprint in the climate proxy records (e.g. ice cores, tree-rings, historical documents). I use a forensic volcanology approach to identify the chemical signature of these events by analysing far travelled ash grains trapped in polar ice and sediments, in order to track their volcanic source. This will allow to constrain the role of volcanism in centennial-scale climate forcing in the Holocene.

I also study the timing and characteristics of caldera-forming eruptions in the Ethiopian Rift and their impacts on Homo Sapiens evolving in the Rift during the Middle Pleistocene, in the framework of the Leverhulme project 'Nature and impacts of Middle Pleistocene volcanism in the Ethiopian Rift' https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/ethiopianrift/

Publications

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Teaching

  • Since 2019: Director of Studies in Geography, Fitzwilliam College
  • 2020-2021: Lectures, MPhil Holocene Climates, 'Tephrochronology'
  • 2019-2020: Paper coordination and lectures, Geography Tripos, Part IA (1st year) The Earth and Part II (3rd year) Volcanology
  • Since 2017: Supervisor, Gepgraphy Tripos, Part IA The Earth, Atmospheric Processes and Climate, Environmental Change during the Quaternary, and Part II Paper 10: Volcanology
  • Winter (Lent) term 2017: Supervisor, Part IB Geography Tripos Volcanic Hazards and Part II Geography Tripos, Paper 10: Volcanology
  • Invited lecturer, Volcanic Risks, 2nd year MSc, Ecole Polytech' Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • 2015-2016: part-time teaching fellow, IPGP-Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

External activities