Dr Tobias Keller
- Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
I am a Computational Geoscientist passionate about all matters magma. I am interested in the physical and chemical processes governing volcanoes and their deep magmatic roots,
My interests span igneous processes during planetary formation, regional magmatism in intra-plate and plate boundary tectonic settings, and volcano dynamics, hydrothermal circulation, and ore deposition in the shallow crust.
My main tools of research are custom-built computational models of multi-phase reactive transport to test hypotheses regarding the interpretation of observational and experimental evidence from geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, and volcanology.
I studied Earth Sciences (BSc) and Geophysics (MSc) at ETH Zürich, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Sciences at the same University. My doctoral research on modelling magma transport in the lithosphere and crust formed part of the cross-disciplinary doctoral school 4D Adamello.
After receiving my doctoral degree in 2013, I joined the FOALAB research group at the University of Oxford, where I worked on modelling the reactive transport of volatiles in mid-ocean ridge magmatism. From 2016 to 2019 I spent a second postdoc working with the SIGMA research group at Stanford University working on a general theory for multi-phase reactive transport in igneous systems.
My most recent research projects broadly fall into the following four area:
- Magmatic differentiation of planetesimals and consequences for core formation, crust generation, and volatile retention during planetary accretion;
- Magma processing and igneous petrogenesis linked to tectonics in plate boundary and intra-plate settings;
- Dynamics of magma flow and outgassing in subvolcanic reservoirs and plumbing systems;
- Energy and mineral resource generation by magmatic and hydrothermal processes linked to volcanism.
To join the team as students, Ph.D. candidates, or postdocs, please contact me with any questions or project ideas.
Competition for STFC-funded Ph.D. scholarship
Applications are currently invited for a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded PhD award made to the University of Glasgow. There are five advertised projects (note: only a single scholarship will be awarded) for a duration of 3.5 years, with the programme to begin October 1, 2020. The details of the call along with requirements for candidates who wish to apply are detailed under this link.
The following is a list of five projects offered for this call. Projects 3 and 4 would be under my supervision:
Project 1 - Volatiles and Volcanoes on Proto-planets. Supervised by: Dr Lydia Hallis, Dr Luke Daly and Prof. Martin Lee
Project 2 - A data driven multiscale approach for understanding the Solar Systems oldest materials. Supervised by: Dr Luke Daly, and Dr Joshua Einsle
Project 3 - Masters of disguise: can achondrite parent bodies hide beneath a chondritic cover? Supervised by: Dr Tobias Keller, Dr Luke Daly, Dr Josh Einsle, Prof. Martin Lee
Project 4 - Understanding the lifespan of impact-induced hydrothermal systems from X-ray tomography and numerical modelling. Supervised by: Dr Tobias Keller, Dr Alice Macente, Dr Annemarie Pickersgill, Prof. Martin Lee
Project 5 - Feldspar behaviours baffle scientists: SHOCK! Supervised by: Dr Luke Daly, Dr Annemarie Pickersgill, and Prof. Martin Lee
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact me (Tobias.Keller@glasgow.ac.uk) with any questions. The deadline for application is 10 April 2020.
MSc by Research
Candidates are encouraged to apply for a Masters by Research programme, where they will engage in an independent research project of 1–1.5 years duration by which they will qualify for a MSc degree. Please feel free to inquire with your own project proposal, or apply for one of the two projects currently advertised withing my research group:
- Bubbling Over – Computer Simulations of Lava Lake Convection
- Onwards and Upwards – Modelling Gravitational Stability of Magma Mush
We are currently working on integrating more computational skills into the curriculum at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about computational methods in geosciences, please contact me directly.