Dr Thomas Wilkes

Department of Geography

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Dr Thomas Wilkes in a teaching laboratory
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Dr Thomas Wilkes
Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Thomas graduated in Environmental Geoscience (MSci) from The University of Bristol in 2014, before carrying out a research placement in volcanology at Colima de Intercambio en Investigación en Vulcanología, Mexico. He joined The University of Sheffield in 2015, where he completed a PhD on the development of low-cost remote sensing instruments for application in volcano monitoring. Subsequently, as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Sheffield, he was responsible for the development and wider dissemination of SO2 measurement systems.

In 2021 he began a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Sheffield. The project aims to improve our understanding of SO2 emissions from volcanoes, namely their measurement, associated errors, and how these relate to volcanic activity.

Research interests

I began my academic career as a geoscientist but through my PhD I have developed further skills and interests in software engineering (predominantly in Python), instrument design and optical design. My work therefore spans a broad range of fields, with the overarching focus on using remote sensing techniques to improve our understanding of volcanic activity. 


Journal articles


Teaching activities

I have taught on a range of modules during my time at Sheffield. As a graduate teaching assistant I acquired experience marking and providing lab- and desk-based teaching assistance, as well as fieldwork assistance. Now, as an active member of the department’s teaching team, I am involved in course delivery and content design.

Current modules:

GEO3004 - Applied Volcanology