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Raffaella Fusillo

PhD student

Ms Raffaella Fusillo

Ms Raffaella Fusillo

University of Bristol
Email: raffaella.fusillo(at)
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 954 5432

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Research interests

PhD title: “The volcanic history of the Corbetti Caldera (Main Ethiopian Rift)”

The aim of my project is to understand the volcanic history of Corbetti Caldera, a Quaternary volcanic complex in the central sector of the Main Ethiopian Rift.

Fumarolic and hydrothermal activity in the area has prompted geothermal investigations for a potential geothermal energy development. However the eruptive history and the volcanic behavior of Corbetti remains poorly constrained with little published data. Furthermore Corbetti and its neighbouring volcanoes have been shown to be undergoing active deformation in recent years (Biggs et al, 2011).

Carrying out this research using a combination of stratigraphy, petrology, geochemistry and geochronological investigation will allow the assessment of volcanic hazard of the area and provide insight into the magmatic processes beneath of the one of Earth’s most active continental rifts.