Biography

I am a Visiting Researcher working as a volcanologist within the School of Environmental Sciences and based at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).

 

 

 

I am currently based at SUERC as a Research Associate within the Argon Isotope FaciIity. Here I am using the 40Ar/39Ar dating method to date volcanic rocks from Ascension Island. Prior to being based at SUERC, I was a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at UEA, working on a Leverhulme-funded project which aimed to investigate the control that magmatic processes exert on eruption duration, style and magnitude, using Ascension Island as a case-study. You can find out more about this project here:

 

 

I completed my PhD at the University of East Anglia in 2014. The thesis examined the driving forces behind transitions between effusive and explosive activity during recent eruptions of Merapi Volcano, Indonesia.

 

Before I came to UEA, I completed a Master 2 Research degree at the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France and a MGeoscience degree in Geology with Biology at Keele University.

 

 

All Publications

Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Charbonnier, S., Komorowski, J., Herd, R.

(2016)

Transitions between explosive and effusive phases during the cataclysmic 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Chamberlain, K., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Brown, R. J., Davidson, J. P.

(2016)

Origin and evolution of silicic magmas at ocean islands: Perspectives from a zoned fall deposit on Ascension Island, South Atlantic

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Berlo, K., Herd, R.

(2014)

Pre- and syn-eruptive degassing and crystallisation processes of the 2010 and 2006 eruptions of Merapi volcano, Indonesia

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R., Herd, R.

(2013)

Textural and micro-petrological variations in the eruptive products of the 2006 dome-forming eruption of Merapi volcano, Indonesia: implications for sub-surface processes

UEA Repository

(Article)


Charbonnier, S., Germa, A., Connor, C., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Komorowski, J., Lavigne, F., Dixon, T., Connor, L.

(2013)

Evaluation of the impact of the 2010 pyroclastic density currents at Merapi volcano from high-resolution satellite imagery, field investigations and numerical simulations

UEA Repository

(Article)


Komorowski, J., Jenkins, S., Baxter, P., Picquout, A., Lavigne, F., Charbonnier, S., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Cholik, N., Budi-Santoso, A., Surono, S.

(2013)

Paroxysmal dome explosion during the 2010 Merapi eruption: processes and facies relationships of associated high-energy pyroclastic density currents

UEA Repository

(Article)


Troll, V., Deegan, F., Jolis, E., Harris, C., Chadwick, J., Gertisser, R., Schwarzkopf, L., Borisova, A., Bindeman, I., Sumarti, S., Preece, K.

(2013)

Magmatic differentiation processes at Merapi volcano: evidence from inclusion petrology and oxygen isotopes

UEA Repository

(Article)


Jeffery, A., Gertisser, R., Troll, V., Jolis, E., Dahren, B., Harris, C., Tindle, A., Preece, K., O'Driscoll, B., Humaida, H., Chadwick, J.

(2013)

The pre-eruptive magma-plumbing system of the 2007-2008 dome-forming eruption of Kelut volcano, East Java, Indonesia

UEA Repository

(Article)


Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N., Charbonnier, S., Nuzzo, L., Preece, K.

(2012)

Overbank block-and-ash flow deposits and the impact of valley-derived, unconfined flows on populated areas at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia

UEA Repository

(Article)


Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R., Handley, H., Reagan, M.

(2012)

Volatile and light lithophile trace element geochemistry of the 2010 and other recent eruptions of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia: NERC Scientific Facilities and Technology Ion Microprobe Facility – 2012 Annual Science Report

(Other report)


Gertisser, R., Charbonnier, S., Troll, V., Keller, J., Preece, K., Chadwick, J., Barclay, J., Herd, R.

(2011)

Merapi (Java, Indonesia): anatomy of a killer volcano

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Keller, J.

(2009)

The Plinian Lower Pumice 2 eruption, Santorini, Greece: magma evolution and volatile behaviour

UEA Repository

(Article)


Key Research Interests

I have an interest in all aspects of volcanology and igneous petrology and I use a combination of field studies, petrological, geochemical and dating techniques. Up until now, my research on active volcanoes has focussed on trying to constrain pre-eruptive magma storage conditions, shallow magmatic processes and eruptive histories of volcanoes.   
 
 

 
 
 
Publications

Journal Publications

 

  • Preece, K., Mark, D.F., Barclay, J., Cohen, B.E., Chamberlain, K.J., Vye-Brown, C., Brown, R.J. (In review) Bridging the gap: 40Ar/39Ar dating of volcanic eruptions from the ‘Age of Discovery’. In review Nature Communications

  • Handley, H.K., Reagan, M., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R. (In review) Timescales of magma ascent and degassing and the role of crustal assimilation at Merapi volcano (2006-2010), Indonesia: constraints from uranium series and radiogenic isotopic compositions. In review Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 

  • Chamberlain, K.J., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Brown, R.J., Davidson, J.P., Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility (2016) Origin and evolution of silicic magmas at ocean islands: Perspectives from a zoned fall deposit on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 327, 349 - 360
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Charbonnier, S.J., Komorowski, J.-C., Herd, R.A. (2016) Transitions between explosive and effusive phases during the cataclysmic 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78, 1-16
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Berlo, K., Herd, R. & Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility (2014) Pre- and syn-eruptive degassing and crystallisation processes of the 2010 and 2006 eruptions of Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 168.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R. & Herd, R.A. (2013) Textural and micro-petrological variations in the eruptive products of the 2006 dome-forming eruption of Merapi volcano, Indonesia: implications for sub-surface processes. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 261, 98-120
  • Charbonnier, S.J., Germa, A., Connor, C.B., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Komorowski, J.-C., Lavigne, F., Dixon, T. & Connor, L. (2013) Evaluation of the impact of the 2010 pyroclastic density currents at Merapi volcano from high-resolution satellite imagery, field investigations and numerical simulations. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 261, 295-315
  • Komorowski, J.-C., Jenkins, S., Baxter, P.J., Picquout, A., Lavigne, F., Charbonnier, S., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Cholik, N., Budi-Santoso, A. & Surono. (2013) Paroxysmal dome explosion during the 2010 Merapi eruption: processes and facies relationships of associated high-energy pyroclastic density currents. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 261, 260-294
  • Troll, V.R., Deegan, F.M., Jolis, E.M., Harris, C., Chadwick, J.P., Gertisser R., Schwarzkopf, L.M., Borisova, A., Bindeman, I.N., Sumarti, S. & Preece, K. (2013) Magmatic differentiation processes at Merapi volcano: evidence from inclusion petrology and oxygen isotopes. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 261, 38-49
  • Jeffery, A.J., Gertisser, R., Troll, V.R., Jolis, E.M., Dahren, B., Harris, C., Tindle, A.G., Preece, K., O’Driscoll, B., Humaida, H. & Chadwick, J. (2013) The pre-eruptive magma-plumbing system of the 2007-2008 dome-forming eruption of Kelut volcano, East Java, Indonesia. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 166, 275-308
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Charbonnier, S.J., Nuzzo, L. & Preece, K. (2012) Overbank block-and-ash flow deposits and the impact of valley-derived, unconfined flows on populated areas at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. Natural Hazards, 60: 623-648.
  • Gertisser, R., Charbonnier, S.J., Troll, V.R., Keller, J., Preece, K., Chadwick, J.P., Barclay, J. & Herd, R.A. (2011) Merapi (Java, Indonesia): anatomy of a killer volcano. Geology Today, 27 (2): 57-62.
  • Gertisser, R., Preece, K. & Keller, J. (2009) The Plinian Lower Pumice 2 eruption, Santorini, Greece: magma evolution and volatile behaviour. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 186: 387-406.

 

 Proceeding Volumes

  • Cassidy, N.J., Gertisser, R., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) Evaluating block-and-ash flows: a GPR facies approach from Merapi Volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar, Granada, Spain, pp. 78-82.
  • Nuzzo, L., Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Charbonnier, S. & Preece, K. (2008) GPR facies analysis of block-and-ash flows, Merapi volcano, Central Java (Indonesia): new insights into deposit architecture and emplacement mechanisms. Proceedings of the 27th National Meeting of the Gruppo Nazionale di Geofisica della Terra Solida, Trieste, Italy, pp. 458-462. 

 

Reports

  • Chamberlain, K.J., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Davidson, J.P. (2016) Feeding explosive eruptions: teh origin of zoning in Ascension's pyroclastic deposits. NERC Scientific Facilities and Technology Ion Microprobe Facility - 2016 Annual Science Report
  • Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R., Handley, H. & Reagan, M. (2012) Volatile and light lithophile trace element geochemistry of the 2010 and other recent eruptions of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. NERC Scientific Facilities and Technology Ion Microprobe Facility – 2012 Annual Science Report, pp. 33-34.

 

Conference Contributions

  • Handley, H.K., Reagan, M., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R. Insights into Magmatic Degassing at Merapi Volcano, Indonesia from Uranium-Series Disequilibria in Recently Erupted Volcanic Rocks. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2017.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Brown, R., Mark, D., Chamberlain, K., Cohen, B., Vye-Brown, C. A 1 million year eruption history of Ascension Island. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Liverpool, Ireland, Jan. 2017.
  • Handley, H.K., Reagan, M., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R. Insights into Magmatic Degassing at Merapi Volcano, Indonesia from Uranium-Series Disequilibria in Recently Erupted Volcanic Rocks. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, Dec. 2016.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Brown, R., Mark, D.F., Chamberlain, K, Cohen, B.E., Vye-Brown, C. (2016) A 1 million year eruption history of Ascension Island: insights from stratigraphy and 40Ar/39Ar dating. Cities on Volcanoes 9, Puerto Varas, Chile, Nov, 2016.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Mark, D.F., Cohen, B.E., Chamberlain, K. (2016) 40Ar/39Ar dating of Holocene volcanism on Ascension Island. Cities on Volcanoes 9, Puerto Varas, Chile, Nov, 2016.
  • Scarrow, J.H., Chamberlain, K., Preece, K., Bea, F., Montero, P., Cambeses, A., Barclay, J., Brown, R. (2016) Volcanoes: eruptive style, pre-eruptive evolution and risk (VESPER). Cities on Volcanoes 9, Puerto Varas, Chile, Nov, 2016.
  • Flaherty, T., Druitt, T., Costa, F., Preece, K., Deering, C. (2016) Fe-Mg diffusion chronometry in orthopyroxene from the Minoan eruption of Santorini. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2016.
  • Chamberlain, K.J., Davidson, J.P., Preece K., Barclay, J., Brown, R.J., EIMF (2016) Geochemical insights into the origin of zoned fall deposits on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 2016.
  • Chamberlain, K.J., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Brown, R.J., Davidson, J.P., EIMF (2015) Unravelling the magmatic processes behind zoned fall units on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, Dec. 2015.
  • Handley, H., Gertisser, R., Reagan, M., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R. (2015) Uranium-series timescale constraints on recent changes in the eruptive behaviour of Merapi Volcano, Java, Indonesia. Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting, Singapore, Aug. 2015.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Brown, R., Chamberlain, K., Cohen, B., Davidson, J., Hicks, A., Mark, D., Stuart, F., Vye-Brown, C., Weaver, B. (2015) The eruptive history of Ascension Island: insights from stratigraphy, 40Ar/39Ar and cosmogenic 3He dating. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Norwich, UK, Jan. 2015.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Brown, R., Vye-Brown, C. (2014) Timing is everything: understanding the eruptive history of Ascension Island. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Herd, R., Komorowski, J.-C., Charbonnier, S. (2014) Explosive-effusive transitions during the 2010 eruption Merapi eruption. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Handley, H., Reagan, M., Barclay, J., Herd, R., Berlo, K. (2014) The 2010 lava dome of Merapi volcano and its inclusions. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Komorowski, J.-C., Jenkins, S., Charbonnier, S., Cholik, N., Raditya, P., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Arbaret, L., Burgisser, A., Martel, C. (2014) New insights into the blast-like pyroclastic density currents from small-volume paroxysmal dome explosions at Merapi in 2010. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Charbonnier, S.J., Komorowski, J.-C., Lavigne, F., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Jenkins, S., Germa, A., Connor, C.B., Connor, L., Dixon, T., Fitzpatrik, M. (2014) Linking static deposit and transient flow behaviour: the 2010 Pyroclastic Density Currents at Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Handley, H., Gertisser, R., Reagan, M., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Herd, R. (2014) Uranium-series timescale constraints on recent changes in the eruptive behaviour of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2014
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Berlo, K. & Herd, R. (2013) Volatile and light lithophile trace element geochemistry of the 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano revealed by melt inclusions. IAVCEI, Kagoshima, Japan, July 2013.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R. & Herd, R. (2013) Revealing shallow magmatic ascent processes during the 2006 and 2010 eruptions of Merapi volcano: evidence from textural and compositional variations of feldspar microlites. IAVCEI, Kagoshima, Japan, July 2013.
  • Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Handley, H., Reagan, M., Berlo, K., Barclay, J. & Herd, R. (2013) Petrology and geochemistry of the large-magnitude 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia: insights into magma dynamics. IAVCEI, Kagoshima, Japan, July 2013.
  • Handley, H., Gertisser, R., Reagan, M., Preece, K., Berlo, K., Barclay, J. & Herd, R (2013) Uranium-series timescale constraints on recent changes in the eruptive behaviour of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. IAVCEI, Kagoshima, Japan, July 2013.
  • Komorowski, J.-C., Jenkins, S., Baxter, P.J., Charbonnier, S., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Lavigne, F., Cholik, N., Budi-Santoso, A. & Surono. (2013) The control of source processes and topography on the dynamics of devastating pyroclastic density currents generated during the Merapi 2010 eruption. IAVCEI, Kagoshima, Japan, July 2013.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R. & Herd, R. (2013) Textural variations of groundmass microlites in the 2006 and 2010 eruptive products of Merapi volcano, Indonesia: evidence for magma ascent and shallow conduit processes. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Bristol, UK, Jan. 2013.
  • Charbonnier, S., Germa, A., Connor, C., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Komorowski, J.-C. & Lavigne, F. (2012) Evaluation of the impact of the 2010 pyroclastic density currents at Merapi volcano (Central Java, Indonesia). Cities on Volcanoes 7, Colima, Mexico, Nov. 2012
  • Komorowski, J.-C., Jenkins, S., Baxter, P., Charbonnier, S., Gertisser, R., Preece, K., Lavigne, F., Cholik, N., Budi-Santoso, A. & Surono. (2012) Diversity of pyroclastic density current deposits from the Merapi 2010 high-impact explosive multi-stage eruption. Cities on Volcanoes 7, Colima, Mexico, Nov. 2012
  • Gertisser, R., Handley, H., Preece, K., Reagan, M., Berlo, K., Barclay, J. & Herd. R. (2012) The 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia: petrological insights into magma dynamics and eruptive behaviour. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2012.
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J. & Herd, R. (2012) Petrological, textural and chemical characteristics of the 2006 and 2010 eruptive products of Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Durham, UK, Jan. 2012.
  • Gertisser, R., Handley, H., Reagan, M., Berlo, K., Barclay, J., Preece, K. & Herd. R. (2011) Uranium-series constraints on recent changes in the eruptive behaviour of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, Dec. 2011.
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J. & Herd, R. (2011) Magma storage, ascent and extrusion during recent eruptive activity at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia, June-July 2011.
  • Gertisser, R., Barclay, J., Berlo, K., Handley, H., Herd. R., Preece, K. & Reagan, M. (2011) Unravelling the driving forces behind recent changes in the eruptive behaviour of Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia, June-July 2011.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R. & Herd, R.A. (2011) Petrological evidence of magma storage, ascent and extrusion at Merapi volcano, Java, Indonesia. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2011.
  • Preece, K., Barclay, J., Gertisser, R. & Herd, R.A. (2011) Petrological insights into the recent activity and shallow magma system of Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Cambridge, UK, Jan. 2011.
  • Charbonnier, S., Gertisser, R., Karatson, D., Cassidy, N., Nuzzo, L. & Preece, K. (2010) Unravelling the deposit architecture of block-and-ash flows: a multi-parameter approach. Cities on Volcanoes 6, Tenerife, Spain, May-June 2010.
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R., Barclay, J. & Herd, R. (2010) Identifying the driving forces behind recent pulsations in activity at Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. Cities on Volcanoes 6, Tenerife, Spain, May-June 2010.
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) The dynamics and hazards of block-and-ash flows: A Ground-Penetrating Radar investigation of the 2006 Merapi flows. Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting, Singapore, Aug. 2009.
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) Using Ground-Penetrating Radar to Unravel the Dynamics and Hazards of Block-and-ash Flows at Merapi Volcano, Indonesia. AGU Spring Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 2009.
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) Block-and-ash flow dynamics and hazards at Merapi volcano (Java, Indonesia): a ground penetrating radar approach. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr. 2009.
  • Gertisser, R., Preece, K. & Keller, J. (2009): Magma evolution and volatile behaviour prior to and during the Plinian Lower Pumice 2 eruption, Santorini, Greece. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr. 2009.
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) Imaging the deposit architecture of block-and-ash flows using ground penetrating radar. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Bournemouth, UK, Jan. 2009.
  • Cassidy, N.J., Gertisser, R., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S.J. & Preece, K. (2009) Characterising pyroclastic flow deposit architectures with Ground Penetrating Radar: a radar facies approach. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Bournemouth, UK, Jan. 2009.
  • Gertisser, R., Cassidy, N.J., Nuzzo, L., Charbonnier, S. & Preece, K. (2008) GPR facies analysis of block-and-ash flows at Merapi volcano, Central Java, Indonesia. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, Dec. 2008.
  • Preece, K., Gertisser, R. & Keller, J. (2008) The Lower Pumice 2 Eruption, Santorini, Greece. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 2008.