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Dr Melody Whitehead PhD, MRes, MEng

Postdoctoral Fellow

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Auckland (2015)
  • Master of Research - University of Bristol (2011)
  • Masters of Engineering - University of Bristol (2007)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  1. Probabilistic modelling of natural hazards with a focus on volcanology and multi-hazards
  2. Model uncertainty: including missing, hidden, or otherwise incomplete data, unknown physical behaviour or structure, and the influence of modelling decisions (e.g., boundary and initical conditions or assumptions)

  3. Expert cognitive bias in data interpretation and elicitation theory

  4. Volcanism and volcanic hazards with a focus on distributed volcanism (monogenetic fields)

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Earth Sciences (040000): Geology (040300):
Mathematical Sciences (010000): Statistics (010400): Stochastic Analysis and Modelling (010406):
Volcanology (040314)

Keywords

Geostatistics, Volcanology, Natural Hazards, Uncertainty modelling

Research Outputs

Journal

Whitehead, MG., & Bebbington, MS. (2021). Method selection in short-term eruption forecasting. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 419
[Journal article]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Runge, MG., Bebbington, MS., Cronin, SJ., Lindsay, JM., & Moufti, MR. (2016). Integrating geological and geophysical data to improve probabilistic hazard forecasting of Arabian Shield volcanism. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 311, 41-59
[Journal article]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Runge, MG., Bebbington, MS., Cronin, SJ., Lindsay, JM., & Moufti, MR. (2015). Sensitivity to volcanic field boundary. Journal of Applied Volcanology. 4(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Runge, MG., Bebbington, MS., Cronin, SJ., Lindsay, JM., Kenedi, CL., & Moufti, MRH. (2014). Vents to events: Determining an eruption event record from volcanic vent structures for the Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. Bulletin of Volcanology. 76(3), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
El Difrawy, MA., Runge, MG., Moufti, MR., Cronin, SJ., & Bebbington, M. (2013). A first hazard analysis of the quaternary harrat al-madinah volcanic field, saudi arabia. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 267, 39-46
[Journal article]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.

Thesis

Whitehead, M. (2015). Improving probabilistic hazard forecasts in volcanic fields. Application to Harrat Rahat, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M. (2011). Linear turbulent plumes in turbulent environments. (Master's Thesis, University of Bristol)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., & Neil, J. (2007). Nonlinear dynamic inversion control of the ADMIRE model. Report submitted for the degree of MEng in Aeronautical Engineering (Hons.). (Master's Thesis, University of Bristol)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Whitehead, M.

Conference

Whitehead, M., & Curtis, A. (2016). Interpretational Uncertainty. Poster session presented at the meeting of SEISMIX2016. Scotland: https://britgeophysics.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/seismix2016_abstract_volume.pdf
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Moufti, MR., & Lindsay, J. (2016). Sensitivity to Volcanic Field Boundary. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU 2016. Vienna
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, MR. (2014, September). Extrapolating spatio-temporal models through time. Presented at Cities on Volcanoes 8. Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, MR. (2014, November). Evaluating the geological plausibility of spatio-temporal models. Presented at Geoscience New Zealand Conference. New Plymouth, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, MR. (2013). Coupling observable data to the spatio-temporal properties of natural hazards: An application to the volcanic field of Harrat Rahat, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Poster session presented at the meeting of AGU. San Francisco, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Moufti, MR., & Lindsay, J. (2013). Spatio-Temporal Patterns: What can we say about the possible location and timing of a future eruption in Harrat Rahat?. https://ghrc.kau.edu.sa/Pages-project-vorisa-en.aspx. : VoRiSA Scientific Meeting
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, MR. (2013). Eruptive Event Determination: Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. Poster session presented at the meeting of IAVCEI 2013. Kagoshima, Japan
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, MR. (2013, July). Mathematical coupling of geological data as an approach to volcanic hazard analysis: Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. Presented at IAVCEI. Kagoshima, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M., Bebbington, M., Cronin, S., Lindsay, J., & Moufti, M. (2012, November). Dealing with multiple vent eruptions in developing volcanic event records for distributed volcanic fields; Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. Presented at Geoscience New Zealand Conference. Hamilton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bebbington, M., Whitehead, M.
Whitehead, M. (2012, July). Modelling complex volcanic systems - A probabilistic hazard approach. Presented at Australian Statistics Conference (ASC2021)
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Whitehead, M.

Teaching and Supervision

Graduate Supervision Statement

I view supervision as a goal-directed partnership based on genuine research interests and a common desire to expand upon or alter current thinking through the production of robust, transparent, and precise work.

I am interested in multi-disciplinary methods that will help us better understand the uncertainty of things and encourage the general unacceptance of anything claiming to be completely accurate and precise in this messy world (but hope someday to be proven otherwise).

I am based in the Volcanic Risk Solutions group and encourage all students to participate in this wider group’s activities as well as those of the Graduate Research School to facilitate the transition from student to independent researcher over the course of their Masters and/or PhD. Prospective students should feel free to contact me by email if their research interests align (or overlap) with my own, and to discuss potential avenues of research funding.


Dr Melody Whitehead is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Brenda Contla Hernandez - Doctor of Philosophy
    Statistically plausible eruption scenarios determined from geochemical data