By Mike Stock, University of Cambridge
Recent petrological and geophysical data suggest that complex, near-solidus magmatic systems may transect the entire crust beneath volcanoes. In November 2017, the Royal Society hosted a Theo Murphy International Scientific Meeting on ‘Magma reservoir architecture and dynamics’, to discuss the state-of-the-art in our understanding of sub-volcanic systems. The meeting showcased the progress that is being made towards understanding magma system form and behaviour through the application of novel modelling approaches and analytical techniques. It highlighted a need for more integrated, multi-disciplinary studies to gain a complete picture. Meeting papers will be published in a special volume of the Philosophical Transactions.
Mike Stock is the Darwin and Galapagos Islands Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (firstname.lastname@example.org). His research is focussed on the use of novel geochemical and petrological techniques to understand magmatic processes, and he is currently investigating the structure of sub-volcanic systems in the Galapagos Archipelago. To find out more about Mike’s research and the Royal Society meeting he helped organise follow him at www.mjstock.co.uk, @Michael_J_Stock and #Galapagosvolc.