Short CV/Education and training

  • Saunders is currently a Lecturer in Volcanology based at the University of Edinburgh since 2013. Prior to this Saunders was a NERC Research Fellow based at the University of Bristol developing new analytical protocols for analysis of volcanic material at sub-micron resolution and timescales of magmatic processes. Saunders commenced her research career by training for a PhD in Geology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand under the supervision of Dr. Joel Baker and Dr. Richard Wysoczanski. Her PhD focussed on the petrogenesis of silicic arc magmas from in-situ micro-analytical techniques. Saunder’s PhD was funded through a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship to New Zealand. The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP;

Selected publications

  • Kilgour, G., Saunders., K., Blundy, J., Cashman, K., Scott, B Miller, C.A. (2014). Timescales of magmatic processes at Ruapehu volcano from diffusion chronometry and their comparison to monitoring data. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 288: 62-75.

  • Saunders, K.E., Buse, B., Kilburn, M., Kearns, S., Blundy, J., (2014). Nanoscale characterisation of crystal zoning. Chemical Geology, 364: 20-32.

    Field, L., Barnie, T., Blundy, J., Brooker, R., Keir, D., Lewi, E., Saunders, K., (2012) The November 2012 eruption of Erta Ale: ground, satellite and petrological observations. Bulletin of Volcanology, 74: 2251-2271.

  • Saunders, K.E., Blundy, J., Dohmen, R., Cashman, K., 2012. Linking petrology and seismicity at an active volcano. Science, 336: 1023-1027.

  • Saunders, K.E., Rinnen, S., Blundy, J., Dohmen, R., Klemme, S., Arlinghaus, H.F., 2012. TOF-SIMS and electron microprobe investigations of zoned magmatic orthopyroxenes: First results from sub-micron resolution of trace and mineral element analysis with implications for diffusion modelling. American Mineralogist, 97: 532-542.

  • Saunders, K.E., Morgan, D.J., Baker, J.A., Wysoczanski, R.J., 2010. The magmatic evolution of the Whakamaru supereruption, New Zealand, constrained by a microanalytical study of plagioclase and quartz. Journal of Petrology, 51:2465-2488.

  • Saunders, K.E., Baker, J.A., Wysoczanski, R.J., 2010. Petrogenesis of large-volume silicic magma in continental arcs: melt inclusions Taupo Volcanic Zone and Kermadec Arc rhyolites, South West Pacific. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 190: 203-218.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Geokemiska krimonalteknik i aktiva vulkancentrum pa Sumatra, Indonesia (Crystal Forensics of an active volcanic arc: Sumatra, Indonesia, VR Sweden, 3.4 MSEK, 2013-2018)

  • Crystal forensics: constraining the timescales of magmatic processes to volcanic eruptions (NE/G0129X/1, £294,876, 2009-2012)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the Young Academy of Scotland (2014 – present)

  • Member of the The Mineralogy Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2008 to present)

  • Fellow of The Geological Society of London (2001 to present)


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