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About Mel Rodgers

I am interested in understanding volcanoes from a geophysical perspective - what causes them to erupt and how we can use geophysical data to investigate volcanic processes. I want to understand the processes driving different styles of volcanic activity, in particular the transition between non-eruptive and eruptive phases of volcanic activity.

Volcanic hazards impact society on many levels and my research explores ways to prevent natural phenomenon from becoming natural disasters. My current research uses seismology, photogrammetry, geodesy, and machine learning big-data approaches to investigate active volcanoes around the world.

I am working on research projects on volcanoes in Colombia, Montserrat, Nicaragua and Italy. I work with volcano monitoring institutes to improve monitoring and forecasting capability and reduce risk, e.g. rapid data analysis methods; developing new monitoring instrumentation and techniques; creating outreach and educational resources.


Present Research Assistant Professor, University of South Florida School of Geosciences

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Honors and Awards

  • Richard A. Davis Endowed Fellowship in Geology: For outstanding performance as a graduate student (one awarded per year), University of South Florida, USA (2013)


2009 - 2013 Ph.D., University of South Florida
2000 - 2004 M.Sci., University of Durham

Contact Information

Office: SCA 226-A
Phone: 813-974-2236


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Presentations (6)