Professor Jan Marie Lindsay

BSc/MSc (University of Auckland), PhD (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen & GFZ-Potsdam)


I grew up in Rotorua, Western Samoa and Auckland, all places that are known for their volcanoes, although my serious interest in geology was not sparked until university.

After my MSc project on Little Barrier volcano off the coast of Auckland in 1994, I took up a research assistant position in the geothermal programme at the GNS Science (then IGNS) Wairakei Research Centre in Taupo. This was great timing, as it provided me with first-hand experience in emergency management when Ruapehu erupted in 1995.

In 1996 I moved to Germany to take up a PhD at the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) in Potsdam, where I worked on a project unraveling the history of the large La Pacana caldera in the Altiplano-Puna plateau in Chile.

After a short post-doc at the GFZ, in 2000 I moved to the warmer climes of Trinidad and Tobago, where I spent four years as a Research Fellow in the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies. Whilst in the Caribbean I was involved in the monitoring and hazard assessment of the volcanoes of the Lesser Antilles, and related outreach programmes.

In 2006 I returned to The University of Auckland to take up a New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC)-funded research fellowship in volcanic hazard and risk.

Outside of work I enjoy trail running, reading, camping, and going on adventures with my German partner Volker and our two sons Tom (born 2003) and Leon (born 2005).

Research | Current

My research focuses on making society more resilient to volcanic hazards through improving understanding of magmatic and volcanic processes, and developing and testing techniques for better communication between scientists and stakeholders to ensure efficient uptake of hazard and risk research. My main areas of research and interest are:

  • Volcanic geology, hazard and risk assessment of monogenetic basaltic fields. I lead a multi-agency, transdisciplinary project in this research area: Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland (DEVORA), and between 2011 and 2013 I co-led a similar project on Volcanic Risk in Saudi Arabia (VORiSA).
  • Developing effective methods of communicating volcanic hazard and risk. This requires a holistic approach, combining volcano monitoring, volcanic hazard assessment, volcanic hazard mapping, eruption forecasting and outreach activities. I am particularly interested in what makes an effective hazard map, and also whether short-term probabilistic volcanic hazard assessment can be harnessed to help decision-makers in a volcanic crisis. 
  • Geological history and geochemistry of the volcanic islands of the Caribbean, in particular Dominica and Saint Lucia; geology, hazards and seismicity of the submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny. Some of my work in the Caribbean is summarised in the Volcanic Hazard Atlas for the Lesser Antilles.
  • Volcanological and magmatic evolution of large silicic systems, most recently through U-Th and (U-Th)/He zircon dating of eruptions and magmatic processes as a tool for identifying magmatic longevity and cyclicity.

Teaching | Current

Course Director

EARTHSCI 105/105G Natural Hazards in New Zealand

EARTHSCI 705 Geohazards

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

  • Shreya Kanakiya: Geophysical signatures of hydrothermal alteration 
  • Daniel Bertin: Volcanic hazard in the Andean back-arc
  • Sophia Tsang: Modelling and consequences of lava flows in urban environments
  • Seethal Sivarajan: Volcanic ash impacts on pastural soils
  • Elaine Smid: Magmatic processes from source to surface
  • Alec Wild: Quantitative cost-benefit-analysis approaches for volcanic crisis management
  • Robert Constantinescu: Tephra sedimentation models: the next step

PhD completions

  • Daniel Blake (PhD): Volcanic impacts on ground transportation (2017)
  • Javier Augustin-Flores (PhD): Controls on phreatomagmatic volcanism (2016)
  • Hugo Mucia (PhD): Volcanology of basaltic fields in Saudi Arabia (2015)
  • Melody Runge (PhD): Volcanic hazard in Saudi Arabia (2015)
  • Gabor Kereszturi (PhD): Scoria cone morphometry (2015)
  • Tracy Howe (PhD): Silicic magmatism in the Lesser Antilles island arc (2015)
  • Mary-Anne Thompson (PhD): Probabilistic volcanic hazard analysis and communication (2015)
  • Nicolas LeCorvec (PhD): Physical controls on monogenetic volcanism (2013)
  • Sonja Storm (PhD): Magmatic processes at Okataina volcano (2013)
  • Aleksandra Zawalna-Geer (PhD): Cryptotephra record in Auckland (2013)
  • Lucy McGee (PhD): Petrology of the Auckland Volcanic Field (2012)
  • Erouscilla Joseph (PhD): Geothermal geochemistry of volcanoes of the Lesser Antilles (2008)


Associate Dean of Science (Research)

Areas of expertise

Volcanic hazard; volcanic risk, volcanology, igneous petrology, monogenetic volcanism, volcanic hazard maps

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Meixner, A., Sarchi, C., Lucassen, F., Becchio, R., Caffe, P. J., Lindsay, J., ... Kasemann, S. A. (2020). Lithium concentrations and isotope signatures of Palaeozoic basement rocks and Cenozoic volcanic rocks from the Central Andean arc and back-arc. MINERALIUM DEPOSITA, 55 (6), 1071-1084. 10.1007/s00126-019-00915-2
  • Ang, P. S., Bebbington, M. S., Lindsay, J. M., & Jenkins, S. F. (2020). From eruption scenarios to probabilistic volcanic hazard analysis: An example of the Auckland Volcanic Field, New Zealand. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, 39710.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.106871
  • Hopkins, J. L., Smid, E. R., Eccles, J. D., Hayes, J. L., Hayward, B. W., McGee, L. E., ... Leonard, G. S. (2020). Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS10.1080/00288306.2020.1736102
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elaine Smid, Jennifer Eccles, Kasper van Wijk, Ian Smith, Shane Cronin
  • Gasston, C., Lindsay, J. M., Eccles, J. D., Brook, M., Hill, M., & Kenny, J. (2020). A geophysical and geomorphological investigation of large-offset normal faulting in Beachlands, Auckland. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS10.1080/00288306.2020.1734032
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Brook, Jennifer Eccles, Caleb Gasston
  • Hayes, J. L., Wilson, T. M., Deligne, N., Lindsay, J. M., Leonard, G. S., Tsang, S. W. R., & Fitzgerald, R. H. (2020). Developing a suite of multi-hazard volcanic eruption scenarios using an interdisciplinary approach. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, 39210.1016/j.jvolgeores.2019.106763
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sophia Tsang
  • Tsang, S. W. R., Lindsay, J. M., Coco, G., Wysocki, R., Lerner, G. A., Rader, E., ... Kennedy, B. (2019). The heating of substrates beneath basaltic lava flows. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, 81 (11)10.1007/s00445-019-1320-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Giovanni Coco, Sophia Tsang
  • Thompson, M. A., Lindsay, J. M., & Leonard, G. S. (2018). More than meets the eye: Volcanic hazard map design and visual communication. In C. Fearnley, D. Bird, G. Jolly, K. Haynes, B. McGuire (Eds.) Observing the volcano world: Volcano crisis communication (pp. ). New York: Springer. 10.1007/11157_2016_47
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Anne Clive
  • Leonard, G. S., Calvert, A. T., Hopkins, J. L., Wilson, C. J. N., Smid, E. R., Lindsay, J. M., & Champion, D. E. (2017). High-precision 40 Ar/ 39 Ar dating of Quaternary basalts from Auckland Volcanic Field, New Zealand, with implications for eruption rates and paleomagnetic correlations. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 343, 60-74. 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.05.033
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elaine Smid


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 5, Room 557
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