Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Petrology research group (formerly BEEST) uses a combination of high-pressure and high-temperature experiments, petrology, geochemistry, and mineral physics to attack a wide range of problems in the solid earth from the core to the surface.

High-pressure and high-temperature research at the University of Bristol dates from 1989 with the establishment of the Centre for Experimental and Theoretical Study for the Earth's Interior (CETSEI) by Bernard Wood and Michael Carroll.

From modest beginnings with two piston cylinder apparatus, a vertical quench furnace and three cold seal pressure vessels in a lean-to, the group has grown into the largest experimental petrology group in the UK.

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    Research Output

    A fluidisation mechanism for secondary hydroeruptions in pyroclastic flow deposits

    Gilbertson, M. A., Taylor, A., Mitchell, S. & Rust, A. C., 2 Sep 2020, In : Frontiers in Earth Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • An experimentally-validated numerical model of diffusion and speciation of water in rhyolitic silicate melt

    Coumans, J. P., Llewellin, E., Humphreys, M. C. S., Nowak, M., Brooker, R. A., Mathias, S. A. & McIntosh, I. M., 1 May 2020, In : Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 276, p. 219-238 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    A pyroelectric thermal sensor for automated ice nucleation detection

    Cook, F., Lord, R., Sitbon, G., Stephens, A., Rust, A. C. & Schwarzacher, W., 3 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Projects

    Student theses


    From needles to plates: extreme volcanic ash shapes and implications for dispersion modelling

    Author: Saxby, J., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Rust, A. (Supervisor) & Cashman, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Investigating the timing and nature of diamond-forming events through the study of diamond-hosted sulphide inclusions

    Author: Kemppinen, L. I. M., 23 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Kohn, S. C. (Supervisor), Parkinson, I. J. (Supervisor), Bulanova, G. (Supervisor) & Smith, C. B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Bigsby Medal of The Geological Society

    Jon D Blundy (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Distinguished Lecturer, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

    Jon D Blundy (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Other distinction

    F.W. Clarke Medal of the Geochemical Society

    Jon D Blundy (Recipient), 1997

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    PhD thesis committee at University of Clermont-Ferrand

    Catherine J Annen (Examiner)

    14 Oct 2016

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    EGU 2016

    Catherine J Annen (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Frontiers in Earth Science (Journal)

    Catherine J Annen (Editor)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity