Welcome to my webpage


Hello and welcome to my webpage.

Volcanic eruptions have a significant potential to affect the climate system, environment and society. Our knowledge of their impacts, and the underlying cause-and-effect mechanisms is, however, far from complete.

I am an Interdisciplinary Lecturer in Climate Modelling jointly affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry and Geography at the University of Cambridge. I combine expertise in atmospheric science, climate modelling, and volcanology to advance the current understanding of volcanic impacts and hazards. In particular, I investigate the impact of volcanism on atmospheric chemistry, climate, air quality, human health, ecosystems and aviation using a wide range of atmospheric models and volcanological datasets. I am particularly interested in continuously degassing volcanoes and effusive Icelandic volcanic eruptions and their effects on air quality and climate. I am convinced that these eruptions serve as a perfect natural lab and can help better understand and quantify aerosol-cloud interactions.

If you want to learn more about my research feel free to have a look in the section "research / publications".

News and Research Highlights:

I am the 2018 recipient of the EGU Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists.

Our paper on the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption (Iceland) has been published in JGR.

I am the 2015 recipient of the IAVCEI George Walker Award for volcanology.

We published a Nature Geoscience article on the environmental effects of magmatic sulfur from continental flood basalt eruptions.

I am one of the editors of the book Volcanism and Global Environmental Change.

Contact Details

Dr. Anja Schmidt
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW
United Kingdom


Department of Geography
University of Cambridge
Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN
United Kingdom

e-mail: as2737[at]cam.ac.uk

phone: +44 (0) 1223 336369


Visiting Eyjafjallajökull in August 2012.