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Dr Thomas Gernon BSc (Hons), PhD, FGS, FHEA

Associate Professor in Earth Science

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Dr Thomas Gernon is Associate Professor in Earth Science within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2010 - : Lecturer in Earth Science, University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science
2008 – 2009: Lecturer in Geology, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Geology
2007 – 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, ‘dynamics of dyke emplacement at Snap Lake Diamond Mine, NW Territories, Arctic Canada’.
2004 – 2007: PhD, University of Bristol, Department of Earth Sciences, ‘Fluidisation and emplacement processes in kimberlite eruptions’.
2000 – 2004: BSc (Hons.) in Geology with First Class Honours, University College Dublin.





Research interests

Specialism: Earth Science

My major interests are in igneous and volcanic field geology, and applying fluid mechanics to understand geological flows. To date I have worked in many areas of geology, including kimberlite volcanology, conduit processes, fluidisation dynamics, pyroclastic flow deposition, stratigraphy and sedimentology of volcanic craters, dyke emplacement, diamond distribution, volcanic controls on Zn-Pb mineralisation, and hydrothermal vent complexes. Over the past ten years I have undertaken extensive geological fieldwork in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, including exploratory work for mining companies. Recent work has included volcanic studies of alkali basaltic diatremes of East Fife (Scotland), and the causes and consequences of early Cenozoic hyaloclastite volcanism and hydrothermal vent formation in the North Atlantic Volcanic Province.

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

ECO2 sub-seabed CO2 Storage: analysis of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Data

A 4.3 million year record of arc volcanism in the Caribbean

Marine diagenesis of tephra and the carbon cycle

Triggering of major volcanic eruptions recorded by cumulates

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables

Pb-Zn mineralisation within the Limerick Basin (SW Ireland): A role for volcanism?

Environmental Controls on the State of HV Cables under the Seafloor

Evolution of faulting and magmatism during volcanic rifting in the Ethiopian Rift

Interaction between tectonic deformation and magmatism during volcanic rifting in Afar


Book Chapter


SOES2002: Structural Geology – lecturer
SOES3020: Volcanic and Mantle Processes – lecturer (deputy leader on Tenerife field course)
SOES2012: Fieldwork & Key Skills for Geologists – course leader
SOES2022: co-leader on San Jose (Almeria) field trip, SE Spain.

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