Dr Will Hutchison

Dr Will Hutchison
Research Fellow


I am a geochemist working on the volatiles in the roof regions of magma chambers in Southern Greenland. I am an Aberdonian although my family moved to Trinidad for a few years when I was a boy. I have a first degree and a DPhil from Oxford and I have been a postdoc in Oxford since. I have studied volcanic and geothermal systems around the world and am passionate about integrating geophysical, geochemical and geological data sets to understand the fundamental processes that drive these systems, and how we can safely and sustainably develop the resources they offer. My DPhil focused on active peralkaline volcanoes in the East African Rift, and in particular the processes that take place at the interface between the magmatic and hydrothermal reservoirs. I'm now investigating the "fossilized" equivalents of these peralkaline systems in Greenland's Gardar Province as part of the HiTech AlkCarb consortium. The goal is to improve our understanding of volatile behaviour in the roof zones of peralkaline magma chambers, and hopefully draw parallels with the active volcanic systems I've studied previously.

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Fluidal pyroclasts reveal the intensity of peralkaline rhyolite pumice cone eruptions Ben Clarke, Eliza S. Calder, Firawalin Dessalegn, Karen Fontijn, Joaquín A. Cortés, Mark Naylor, Ian Butler, William Hutchison, Gezahegn Yirgu
Nature Communications vol.10
From Mantle to Motzfeldt Adrian Anthony Finch, Callum D.J. Reekie, William Hutchison, Abdulmalik Ismaila, Ashlyn Armour-Brown, Tom Andersen, Siri L. Simonsen
Ore Geology Reviews 2019 vol.107 pp.402-416
Mixing and crystal scavenging in the Main Ethiopian Rift revealed by trace element systematics in feldspars and glasses Fiona Iddon, Charlotte Jackson, William Hutchison, Karen Fontijn, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, Gezahegn Yirgu, Marie Edmonds
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems vol.Early View
Contrasting styles of post-caldera volcanism along the Main Ethiopian Rift Karen Fontijn, Keri McNamara, Amdemichael Zafu Tadesse, David M. Pyle, Firawalin Dessalegn, William Hutchison, Tamsin A. Mather, Gezahegn Yirgu
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 2018 vol.356 pp.90-113
The evolution of magma during continental rifting William Hutchison, Tamsin A. Mather, David M. Pyle, Adrian J. Boyce, Matthew L.M. Gleeson, Gezahegn Yirgu, Jon D. Blundy, David J. Ferguson, Charlotte Vye-Brown, Ian L. Millar, Kenneth W.W. Sims, Adrian Anthony Finch
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2018 vol.489 pp.203-218
Constraining magma storage conditions at a restless volcano in the Main Ethiopian Rift using phase equilibria models Matthew L. M. Gleeson, Michael J. Stock, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, William Hutchison, Gezahegn Yirgu
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 2017 vol.337 pp.44-61
Satellite observations of fumarole activity at Aluto volcano, Ethiopia Mathilde Braddock, Juliet Biggs, Iain M. Watson, William Hutchison, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 2017 vol.341 pp.70-83
A pulse of mid-Pleistocene rift volcanism in Ethiopia at the dawn of modern humans William Hutchison, Raffaella Fusillo, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, Jon D. Blundy, Juliet Biggs, Gezahegn Yirgu, Benjamin E. Cohen, Richard A. Brooker, Dan N. Barfod, Andrew T. Calvert
Nature Communications 2016 vol.7
Causes of unrest at silicic calderas in the East African Rift: new constraints from InSAR and soil-gas chemistry at Aluto volcano, Ethiopia William Hutchison, Juliet Biggs, Tamsin A. Mather, David M. Pyle, Elias Lewi, Gezahegn Yirgu, Stefano Caliro, Giovanni Chiodini, Laura E. Clor, Tobias P. Fischer
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2016 vol.17 pp.3008-3030
The eruptive history and magmatic evolution of Aluto volcano William Hutchison, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, Gezahegn Yirgu, Juliet Biggs, Benjamin E. Cohen, Dan N. Barfod, Elias Lewi
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 2016 vol.328 pp.9-33
Structural controls on fluid pathways in an active rift system William Hutchison, Tamsin A. Mather, David M. Pyle, Juliet Biggs, Gezahegn Yirgu
Geosphere 2015 vol.11 pp.542-562
Airborne thermal remote sensing of the volcán de colima (mexico) lava dome from 2007 to 2010 William Hutchison, Nick Varley, David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, John A. Stevenson
Geological Society Special Publication 2013 vol.380 pp.203-228

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Dr Will Hutchison
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: 01334 464018
room: 426
email: wh39@st-andrews.ac.uk



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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