Researchers at UCD

Bellairs Eyre

Postgraduate Student

School of Geological Sciences
School of Geological Sciences
UCD Science Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162079


Tom holds an MESc in Geophysics from the University of Liverpool, England which included an exchange year at the University of Toronto, Canada.  He joined the Geophysics Group in UCD in October 2009 as a PhD student, studying volcano seismology.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Eyre, T. S., Bean, C. J., De Barros, L., O'Brien, G. S., Martini, F., Lokmer, I., Mora, M. M., Pacheco J. F., Soto ,G. J., (2013) 'Moment tensor inversion for the source location and mechanism of long period (LP) seismic events from 2009 at Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica'. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 258 :215-223. [Details]


Research Interests

Project Title: Seismic source mechanism at active volcanoes

Supervisors: Dr. Francesca Martini, Dr. Gareth O'Brien and Prof. Christopher J. Bean

Funding Agency: Science Foundation Ireland

Project Description: The role of fluids in generating seismicity at active volcanoes has been well established, but the actual physical processes have not been fully determined. Recent numerical studies have shown that accounting for near-surface structure and including records from stations at the volcano summit into the moment tensor inversion of volcanic signals is fundamental to obtain reliable results. If not, path effects leak into the source solution, leading to erroneous source geometries and mechanisms. This study proposes an innovative field experiment that considers those factors on an easily accessible but restless volcano in Central America, providing a template for volcanic seismic surveys. The data collected under a tightly controlled geometric configuration will be inverted to obtain one of the first reliable data inversion studies, opening up new avenues in our understanding of volcano source processes. Participation in fieldwork at Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica will form part of the project.