Professor Tamsin Mather

Tamsin Mather


Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


Tamsin Mather is a volcanologist and Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK where she has been on the faculty since 2006. She took an undergraduate Masters degree in Chemistry and a postgraduate Master of Philosophy in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. After a year working in Germany and then Brussels doing a placement for the European Commission, she returned to Cambridge completing a PhD on the atmospheric chemistry of volcanic plumes and their environmental effects in 2004. Before joining Oxford she was a Research Council Fellow at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow. In 2008 she was a UNESCO/L’Oréal UK & Ireland Women in Science awardee, won a Philip Leverhulme prize in 2010, was UK Mineralogical Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2015/16, won the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture from the Royal Society, was elected a member of the Academia Europaea in 2021 and is the incoming chair of the UK Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group. 

Research interests

Tamsin’s research interests broadly explore the diverse ways in which volcanoes interact with Earth's environment, the processes driving volcanic unrest and eruption processes and the hazards they pose and the role of volcanism in the processes associated with Earth’s natural resources (e.g., geothermal power and the development of ore deposits). She has recently applied machine learning to detect changes in volcanic monitoring time series (e.g., seismic, gas flux and deformation data) and is broadly interested in novel ways to apply new techniques to data problems in the geosciences.