Professor Shane Jason Cronin

BSc(Hons) Ist Class in Soil Science, PhD in Earth Science (Massey University)

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Alexander von Humboldt Fellow 2001-02 

Professor of Earth Science at Massey University (Director of Volcanic Risk Solutions Research Centre) up to 2015

Director of the Resilience to Nature's Challenges, National Science Challenge (GNS Science) 2015-2019.

Professor of Volcanology at the University of Auckland since 2015.

Research | Current

Current research projects include:

Transitioning Taranaki to a Volcanic Future – MBIE Endeavor Research Programme (2019-2024) (Shane Cronin and Garry McDonald Leaders) with Market Economics Ltd., Canterbury, Lincoln, Otago, Massey Universities, GNS Science, Waka Digital, U. Roma Tre, U. Bari, U. Bologna, INGV Vesuvius Italy, LMU Munich, Germany, U. Andes Colombia, UNAM Queretaro, Mexico, U. Iowa and State U. New Mexico USA.

Stable geothermal power generation through reduced hydrothermal eruption hazard – MBIE Endeavour Smart Ideas (2018-2020) (Shane Cronin and Cristian Montanaro Leaders) with GNS Science, LMU Munich Germany

Kuwae caldera eruption, climate and cultural impacts, Australian Res. Council (2019-2022), led by Chris Ballard and Stuart Bedford, Australian National U.

Understanding eruption column stability and ash production through experimental studies (Royal Soc. NZ Catalyst (2019-2020) with LMU, Munich, Germany.

Integrating physical and chemical insights into forecasting the frequency, magnitude and style of volcanoes – NZ, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Indonesia, Korea, Saudi Arabia

Environmental, agricultural and health impacts of volcanic eruptions

Hydrothermal eruption hazards and chemical and physical eruption priming processes in geothermal systems  


*****New PhD opportunities available in:

Steady state volcanism of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

Understanding caldera eruptions and evolved magma production in SW Pacific arcs

Hazards of halogen emissions from volcanic systems

Priming and triggering processes of hydrothermal eruptions in geothermal systems

Teaching | Current

I teach in the first year Earth Sciences, EarthSci 120, Volcanolgy and Ore formation in EarthSci304, Field geology and mapping EarthSc 301 and Advanced volcanology EarthSci720.


Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Students:

Ben Simons - Multicomponent investigations of continuous volcanism at Yasur, Vanuatu (with Dr Jenifer Eccles)

Mirja Heinrich - Physical properties of the largest explosive eruptions of Mt. Tongariro, NZ (with AP Phil Shane)

Emily Limage - Environmental health impacts of degassing volcanoes in Vanuatu (with Prof Joel Baker)

Seethal Sivarajan - Impacts of tephra falls on NZ pastoral systems (with AP Jan Lindsay)

Lena Ray - Parasitc cone volcanism and its influence on Mt. Taranaki 

Soenke Stern - Understanding climatic impacts of the Kuwae Caldera eruption, Vanuatu

Daniel Bertin - Puna Plateau volcanism, Argentina/Chile (with AP Jan Lindsay)

Bastian Steinecke - Understanding onset signals of andesitic eruptions (with Art Jolly)

Jeroen Kuthe - Understanding peralkaline rhyolitic effusive-explosive transitions

Kate Cocker - Geochemical insights into Tongariro magma storage (with AProf Phil Shane)


Current Masters students:

Gina Swanney - Understanding rock strength and eruption susceptibility at Rotokawa geothermal field

John Frengley - Stability and collapse of young pyroclastic flow deposits, Mt. Taranaki

Isabelle Brookes-Clarke - Alteratiion mineralogy and mineral sealing of geothermal systems at Rotokawa geothermal field


Current BSc(hons) students:

Alec Stanley - Scenarios for geothermal system unrest at Tuhua Volcano

Alicia Pawlick - Environmental impact of future Tuhua tephra eruptions




Science Leader FRST/MBIE: 

"Transitioning Taranaki to a Volcanic Future" Research Programme 2019-2024 ~$15.7M

"Stable geothermal Power with reduced hydrothermal Eruption Hazard" Smart Ideas 2018-20 ~$1M

"Living with Volcanic Risk in New Zealand" Reseach Programme 2004-2015  ~$7.5M 

"Jeju (Korea) - Auckland (NZ) Sister Volcanic Hazard Programme" ~$0.9M


Marsden Fund principal and co-principal investigator on three occasions:

"Capturing the Secrets of a Life-Sized Lahar" (2005-08), 

"Exploding the myths of Pyroclastic flows with life-scaled experiments" (2009-12),

"Extreme mobility of Pyroclastic flows - is it all just hot air?" (2015-2018)


Establishment Director for National Science Challenge #10: Resilience to Nature's Challenges (2014 to 2019)



Chair Physical Sciences Panel - Performance Based Research Fund 2019

Member Physical Sciences Panel - Performance Based Research Fund 2013

Chair Asset Managment, Exec/Steering Committee School of Enviroment (2015-Current)

Areas of expertise

The physical and chemical processes driving and resulting from volcanic eruptions

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of:

Geological Society of NZ

Geological Society of America

Life Member of International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Simons, B. C., Jolly, A. D., Eccles, J. D., & Cronin, S. J. (2020). Spatiotemporal Relationships between Two Closely-spaced Strombolian-style. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 47 (5)10.1029/2019GL085687
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Eccles
  • 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, Jan Lindsay
  • Heinrich, M., Cronin, S. J., & Pardo, N. (2020). Understanding multi-vent Plinian eruptions at Mt. Tongariro Volcanic Complex, New Zealand. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, 82 (3)10.1007/s00445-020-1369-7
  • Stewart, C., Damby, D. E., Tomasek, I., Horwell, C. J., Plumlee, G. S., Aurora Armienta, M., ... Cronin, S. (2020). Assessment of leachable elements in volcanic ashfall: a review and evaluation of a standardized protocol for ash hazard characterization. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, 39210.1016/j.jvolgeores.2019.106756
  • Brenna, M., Pontesilli, A., Mollo, S., Masotta, M., Cronin, S. J., Smith, I. E. M., ... Scarlato, P. (2019). Intra-eruptive trachyte-phonolite transition: Natural evidence and experimental constraints on the role of crystal mushes. AMERICAN MINERALOGIST, 104 (12), 1750-1764. 10.2138/am-2019-6963
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Smith
  • Lerner, G. A., Cronin, S. J., Bebbington, M. S., & Platz, T. (2019). The characteristics of a multi-episode volcanic regime: the post-AD 960 Maero Eruptive Period of Mt. Taranaki (New Zealand). BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, 81 (11)10.1007/s00445-019-1327-4
  • Lerner, G. A., Cronin, S. J., Turner, G. M., & Piispa, E. J. (2019). Recognizing long-runout pyroclastic flow deposits using paleomagnetism of ash. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN, 131 (11-12), 1783-1793. 10.1130/B35029.1
  • Colombier, M., Mueller, S. B., Kueppers, U., Scheu, B., Delmelle, P., Cimarelli, C., ... Dingwell, D. B. (2019). Diversity of soluble salt concentrations on volcanic ash aggregates from a variety of eruption types and deposits. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, 81 (7)10.1007/s00445-019-1302-0


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 417
New Zealand

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