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Bristol Geography Student to Spend a Month Studying Volcanoes

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A Physical Geography student at the University of Worcester is embarking on a month-long trip to monitor volcanoes in the Canary Islands.

Aaron Provis, from Bristol, has been awarded a £400 scholarship from the University to support him on his academic adventure in July.

The 20-year-old will spend a month in Tenerife monitoring the El Hierro Volcano and Teide Volcano Summit Cones.

“I wanted some work experience but as my main interest is natural hazards I thought it would be difficult to find something other than flooding related roles,” he said.

“I looked at this internship and saw there were only 1 or 2 places and also it was open to undergraduates from both Europe and America. So I just worked on my CV and thought why not, nothing to lose.”

Aaron’s hard work paid off and he was offered the internship. His time in Tenerife will give him experience in field work, looking into diffuse volcanic degassing surveys. During his time there, Aaron will also help in the lab to analyse chemical and isotopic soil gas samples collected during the field work.

Aaron said he was extremely grateful for the University’s support in making the trip happen. “The scholarship is very important to me as I would have struggled to pay for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said.

On his return Aaron hopes to use the work he does on the internship to support his studies at the University. “I am hoping to base my Independent study on the work I carry out in Tenerife,” he said.