Professor David Pyle

Professor of Earth Sciences; Fellow of St Anne's College


Professor Pyle is a volcanologist who works in volcanic regions in Chile, Ethiopia, and Greece. His current projects include the STREVA (Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas) project.  He is interested in understanding how volcanoes work, and in the causes and consequences of volcanic activity. 


  • Volcanoes
  • Volcanic predictions
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Natural hazards
  • Mercury pollution

Media experience

Professor Pyle has experience of working with the media, including live TV and radio interviews. In 2017 he was appointed as the first Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research (PER) within the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.