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Research interests

My research involves natural hazard risk assessment, numerical simulation of natural hazard processes and understanding the physical, economic and health impacts of complex natural hazard events. These themes have underpinned the development of three natural hazard loss models. These models have provided hazard and loss estimates for numerous consulting projects, informing insurance, government and emergency management organisations.

I value strong research collaborations with colleagues from a number of international institutions, and have worked on volcanic hazard and risk assessment projects in Japan, New Zealand, Peru and the Philippines.  I enjoy working with graduate students and am currently supervising or co-supervising five PhD projects.  I am particularly interested in the health aspects of disasters and have begun a Master of Public Health with the aim to better understand and reduce the impacts associated with food system disruptions and the spread of disease following natural disasters. 

Education/Academic qualification

Natural Hazards, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Macquarie University


Earth Science, Master of Science (MSc Hons), University of Waikato


Earth Science, Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Waikato


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Research Output 2003 2018

A synthesis and review of historical eruptions at Taal Volcano, Southern Luzon, Philippines

Delos Reyes, P. J., Bornas, M. A. V., Dominey-Howes, D., Pidlaoan, A. C., Magill, C. R. & Solidum, R. U., 1 Feb 2018, In : Earth-Science Reviews. 177, p. 565-588 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

volcanic eruption
pyroclastic flow

Communication demands of volcanic ashfall events

Stewart, C., Wilson, T. M., Sword-Daniels, V., Wallace, K. L., Magill, C. R., Horwell, C. J., Leonard, G. S. & Baxter, P. J., 2018, Observing the volcano world: volcano crisis communication. Fearnley, C. J., Bird, D. K., Haynes, K., McGuire, W. J. & Jolly, G. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 23-49 27 p. (Advances in Volcanology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Volcanic Eruptions

Evaluating relative tephra fall hazard and risk in the Asia-Pacific region

Jenkins, S., Magill, C. & Blong, R., 2018, In : Geosphere. 14, 2, p. 1 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
volcanic eruption

Forest fire occurrence and modeling in Southeastern Australia

Rahman, S., Chang, H-C., Magill, C., Tomkins, K. & Hehir, W., 9 May 2018, Forest fire. Szmyt, J. (ed.). InTechOpen, p. 95-109 15 p.

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Open Access
forest fire
environmental disturbance

Inter-comparison of fire severity indices from moderate (MODIS) and moderate-to-high spatial resolution (Landsat 8 & Sentinel-2A) satellite sensors

Rahman, S., Chang, H-C., Hehir, W., Magill, C. & Tomkins, K., 2018, 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium: proceedings. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Vol. 2018-July. p. 2873-2876 4 p. 8518449

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

satellite sensor
spatial resolution