Professor R S J Sparks

B.Sc., Ph.D.(Lond.), D.Sc.(Clermont-Ferrand), F.R.S., CBE

  • BS8 1RJ

1991 …2020

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Research interests

My research concerns quantitative studies of geological processes using a combination of field studies, laboratory experiments, analytical studies and theoretical modelling. My main focus has been on volcanic and igneous processes. and I have also made contributions in fundamental fluid mechanics, sedimentology, and risk assessment methodologies for natural hazards.

Research in volcanology includes: mapping of volcanoes and young volcanic deposits; monitoring of eruptions; investigation of magmatic and volcanic flows through analogue experiments, numerical modelling and theory development; petrological studies of igneous rocks; and development of novel approaches to hazard and risk assessment. Applied research includes risk assessment methodologies for environmental and natural hazards, nuclear waste disposal and mining.

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Research Output

Fabrics, facies, and flow through a large-volume ignimbrite: Pampa De Oxaya, Chile

Platzman, E., Sparks, R. S. J. & Cooper, F. J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Bulletin of Volcanology. 82, 1, 19 p., 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • The polygenetic Kahouanne Seamounts in the northern Lesser Antilles island arc: Evidence for large-scale volcanic island subsidence

    Carey, S., Sparks, R. S. J., Tucker, M. E., Li, T., Robinson, L., Watt, S. F. L., Gee, M., Hastie, A., Barfod, D. N., Stinton, A., Leng, M., Raineault, N. & Ballard, R. D., Jan 2020, In : Marine Geology. 419, 20 p., 106046.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Comment on: 'Petrography of the Snap Lake Kimberlite Dyke (Northwest Territories, Canada) and its Interaction with Country Rock Granitoids' by Fulop et al. (2018), Journal of Petrology, doi: 10.1093/petrology/egy025

    Gernon, T. M., Sparks, R. S. J., Field, M., Ogilvie-Harris, R., Schumacher, J. C. & Brooker, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Petrology. 60, 3, p. 649-659 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    51 Downloads (Pure)


    Vetlesen Foundation Prize

    Sparks, R S J (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

    Short course on Modelling Volcanic Hazards

    M J Woodhouse (Keynote/plenary speaker), & Stephen Sparks (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    16 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    IOF - Global Volcano Model.

    R S J Sparks (Recipient)

    14 Nov 201113 Nov 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (Journal)

    R S J Sparks (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


    Lava emplacement dynamics

    Author: Stansfield, S. A., 2004

    Supervisor: Sparks, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)