Karen Pascal

Research Fellow, Volcano-Seismology
Dr. Karen Pascal
BSc (Hons) Geology (Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2007), “Master 1” Geophysics (Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008), PhD Geophysics (Leeds, U.K, 2013), Research Fellow (MVO)
Tel. +1 664 492 2986


After graduating with a BSc in Geology with a major in Volcanology from the University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (France), Karen spent an exchange year at the University of Leeds (UK) where she improved her understanding of Geophysics. She then stayed in Leeds to undertake a PhD during which she investigated the limitations of some volcano-deformation models, and graduated in 2013. She has been working at MVO since 2012.

Responsibilities at MVO

  • processing and analyzing the ground deformation data collected at Soufrière Hills Volcano;
  • maintaining and developing the ground deformation monitoring network, in collaboration with the MVO technical staff;
  • undertaking research projects related to the ground deformation observed at Soufrière Hills Volcano in particular, and in the region in general;
  • participating in outreach activities (e.g. public lectures, presentations during Science week, etc).


Karen’s research interests include:

  • numerical and analytical modelling of surface deformation at volcanoes
  • GPS processing methods
  • Interpreting strain signals in term of processes within the magmatic system