Dr Hazel Gibson

Dr Hazel Gibson

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Perception of Geothermal Power


BSc Physical Geography with Geology - Plymouth University,
MSc Geohazard Assessment - Portsmouth University,
PhD Geoscience Cognition and Communication - Plymouth University.

Engineering Geologist - Coffey Geotechnics, Brisbane, Australia,
Ranger - Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington State, USA,
Science Educator - Natural History Museum, London,
Earth Sciences Identification Officer - Natural History Museum, London.

Professional membership

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • The Geological Society
  • The Geologist's Association
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
  • Earth Science Teachers Association

Research interests

  • Public understanding of geology
  • Geoscience cognition
  • Geoscience communication
  • Communication of hazards and risk
  • Public perception of commercial geology (mining, hydrocarbons, Carbon Capture and Storage, renewables and nuclear waste disposal)
  • Spatial¬†reasoning

Other research

Currently involved in the clarification of presence of Natropharmacosiderite (as a new mineral for the UK) with Mike Rumsey, Natural History Museum, London. Other research interests include monogenetic volcanics in the Canary Islands and meteoritics.

Additional information

Public engagement and outreach:

Events attended with Plymouth University -
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
British Geological Society Open Day
Cheltenham Science Festival BBC Science Tent
Wild About Plymouth's Dino-Day

Activities outside Plymouth-
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Local Finds
Science Showoff
Museum Showoff


Twitter feed: @iamhazelgibson 

Personal website: My Patchwork Planet