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Céline Vidal, PhD

Céline Vidal, PhD

Volcanologist

Director of Studies and Lecturer of Geography at Fitzwilliam College

Céline's research uses forensic volcanology to reconstruct large eruptions of the past that impacted climate and civilisations. She combines physical volcanology, magma and tephra geochemistry with climate and archaeological archives to identify volcanoes that produced explosive eruptions only known from distal records. Her current research focuses on building a tephrostratigraphy lattice of the Ethiopian Rift, using tephra to link paleoanthropological and archaeological sites with the volcanological record.

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

Publications

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Teaching

  • 2021-2022: 1A Lectures 'The Earth' and MPhil Holocene Climates lecture 'Volcanic eruptions and little ice ages'
  • 2020-2021: MPhil Holocene Climates lectures 'Tephrochronology'
  • 2019-2020: 1A Lectures 'The Earth' and Part II '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
  • 2015-2016: part-time teaching fellow, IPGP-Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

External activities