Dr Tom Pering

BSc, MSc, PhD

School of Geography and Planning

Senior Lecturer in Volcanology

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Dr Tom Pering
School of Geography and Planning (nee Geography)
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Tom Pering joined the department as a Teaching Associate in July 2016. He obtained his BSc in Physical Geography at the University of Reading in 2010.

Following this he moved to Lancaster University where he completed a MSc course in Volcanology and Geological Hazards.

He undertook his PhD at the University of Sheffield with thesis titled "Bubbles in Basalts: Measuring and Modelling Basaltic Degassing", completed in 2015.

Research interests

My research revolves around the measurement of sulphur dioxide, using ultra violet cameras, and modelling via computational fluid dynamics and laboratory analogues of a variety of degassing modes from basaltic magmas, including: passive, strombolian, and lava fountaining.

Within this I am particularly interested in applying low-cost alternatives to previously expensive methods. In particular, I use low-cost computing platforms such as the Raspberry Pi.


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Teaching activities

Tom currently teaches on:

  • GEO113 – Earth, Wind, Ice and Fire 
  • GEO118  – Geographical Skills 
  • GEO248 – Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science
  • GEO275 – Geographical Data in the World
  • GEO356 – Geographical Research Project
  • GEO3004 – Applied Volcanology
  • GEO3007 – Lake District Fieldclass