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.

source: symbiosis


Recent publications

3  (of 3 published available) for wh39 with keyword Geophysics clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.Early View 
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 
Keywords: Peralkaline, Main Ethiopian Rift, Crystal mush, Crystal scavenging, Antecryst, Magma mixing
2016 (8)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.17 pp.3008-3030
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 
Keywords: Geothermal resources, InSAR, Degassing , Continental rifting , Magmatic processes
2016 (15/12)
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
vol.328 pp.9-33
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 
Keywords: Eruptive history, Geothermal resources, Main Ethiopian Rift, Peralkaline, Silicic volcanism, Volcanic hazardGeophysics, Geochemistry and Petrology

Contact Details:

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

edit wh39 details