Stephen Sparks headshot photo

Stephen Sparks

University of Bristol

Steve Sparks is Professor of Geology in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol University (UK)  and is primarily a volcanologist. His research concerns volcanic and igneous processes and he has made contributions in petrology, physical volcanology, geological fluid mechanics, sedimentology, and in hazard and risk assessment methods. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers. His other professional interests include mathematics education and development of the Global Volcano Model ( and radioactive waste management.  

Steve Sparks graduated from Imperial College London in 1971 and received his PhD in Volcanology at Imperial College in 1974.


Stephen participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: