Hello, my name is Victoria and I am a geologist.

Victoria Honour

I love science and all the ways it can be used to help people. Getting other people inspired about science is great fun and I set up this blog to write about my science research, expeditions (mostly to cold places) and my dabble into the world of science policy and Parliament.

I believe it’s vital scientists talk and write about science whenever they can, for whatever audience, whether it be communicating their research or just something interesting they happened across. The more people are aware of science, the better!

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

A summary of my research

I am a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Earth Sciences. My research looks at magma and emulsions. Emulsions are generally studied for making things like mayonnaise, ice cream, moisturiser or in the petroleum industry for petrol or diesel. But I look at them to see how molten rock (magma) solidifies when it’s trapped beneath the Earth’s surface.

The sciencey bit: As magma cools and solidifies in the Earth’s crust, it can split into two immiscible liquids, like when your vinegar and oil separate in the bottle, even though you did mix them. This has important implications for the magma and if we understand emulsions in magma chambers it can tell us something about the formation of ore deposits (which potentially means metals like gold and platinum) and the explosivity of volcanic eruptions.