Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell

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Dr. Samuel Mitchell is a volcanologist and his main research focuses on volcanic eruptions in our oceans, and the impacts they have on society and aquatic environments.

Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell

About Samuel Mitchell

Dr. Samuel Mitchell is a volcanologist and earth and ocean science communicator based at the University of Bristol. Samuel has a range of interests across volcanology, marine geology, and oceanography, but his main research focuses on volcanic eruptions in our oceans, and the impacts they have on society and aquatic environments.

He has a BS/MS in Geology, and a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His research has taken him across the world conducting field research on volcanoes on land and the seafloor using oceanographic research vessels. 

Beyond academic interests, Samuel is an active science communicator across various social media platforms and a podcast host. His outreach efforts aim to provide more accessible, inclusive, and equitable opportunities in earth and ocean science for early career researchers across the world, and to improve public knowledge about geohazards and risk, as well as the wonder of our dynamic planet.

Samuel developed an interest in Earth Sciences following the events of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. After a lot of library reading, he nurtured a passion for volcanoes through school and university, and then found himself back in the ocean world for his PhD research and further.

Beyond science, Samuel is a keen fitness enthusiast, brass musician, dancer and stage performer. Many of these hobbies are even finding their way surprisingly into the world of volcanoes.

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