Dr Anja Schmidt

Celebrating the University's 'Women of Achievement 2016': Dr Anja Schmidt, School of Earth and Environment.

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Dr Anja Schmidt is an Academic Research Fellow in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science in the University’s School of Earth and Environment. Dr Schmidt uses her expertise in atmospheric science and volcanology to advance the current understanding of volcanic impacts and hazards. In particular, she investigates the impact of volcanism on atmospheric chemistry, climate, air quality and human health, using a wide range of atmospheric models.

In 2015 she won the highly prestigious George Walker Award for Volcanology from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI). The biennial award recognises achievements of a recent outstanding graduate in the fields of research encompassed by IAVCEI.

Dr Schmidt has used her expertise to advise the UK government on the risks from large volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Her research was pivotal in the government creating a new National Risk Register item on such eruptions (risk H55). She is now a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the government on volcanic risks and emergencies.

Dr Schmidt said: “I would encourage early career scientists to work across disciplines whenever possible – as challenging as it may be, it’s incredibly exciting and rewarding.”

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