Marine Life Talk – 10 January 2013

Mike Cassidy with volcano

Volcano trickery: How to survive an eruption –

by Dr Mike Cassidy –

This presentation brings together messy experiments, fascinating facts, incredible video clips and even some magic to help you to understand one of the most remarkable and dangerous natural phenomena on earth.

Will a volcanic landslide in the Canaries cause a mega-tsunami? What’s the likelihood of Yellowstone erupting soon? What makes a volcano erupt with such ferocity? And how do you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull?

These are just some of the questions explored in this highly interactive show, (including any questions of your own), that will leave you with a much better grasp of how to survive the various hazards posed by an erupting volcano.

Dr Mike Cassidy is a post-doctoral researcher based at the National Oceanography Centre. His studies began in Bristol for his Bachelors degree, Lancaster for his masters and Southampton for his PhD. Outside of academia, he likes to act, perform magic and swim in the wild.

Recordings of previous Marine Life Talks can be found on:

The next Marine Life Talk at the National Oceanography Centre: 6 February 2013

Free admission – these talks are open to the public

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm.

Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.

The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 10 January 2013 - 19:15 to 20:30