Thomas J. Jones

MSci (Hons) PhD

Room Number: 309
(713) 348 5639
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Biographical Info

Thomas is a volcanologist who uses a combination of field studies and laboratory experiments to investigate the physical processes that operate during the transport and eruption of magma. As an independent Research Fellow at Rice University he investigates a wide range of volcanic phenomenon, including the generation of volcanic ash, the ascent of kimberlite and the fluid dynamics of subsurface magma flow.


Present: Rice Academy Fellow, Rice University, Houston, USA
2018: Lecturer, University of Tübingen, Germany
2014 – 2018: PhD, Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK
2010 – 2014: MSci (Hons) Geology with Study Abroad, University of Bristol, UK


physical volcanology, kimberlites, rheology, field volcanology

Selected Publications

*For a full list please refer to my Google Scholar profile*

Jones, T.J., Houghton, B.F., Llewellin, E.W., Parcheta, C.E., Höltgen, L., 2018. Spatter matters – distinguishing primary (eruptive) and secondary (non-eruptive) spatter deposits. Sci. Rep. 8, 9179.

Jones, T.J., Watts, K., Whytock, R.C., 2018. Using fluid dynamic concepts to estimate species movement rates in terrestrial landscapes. Ecol. Indic. 93, 344–350.

Jones, T.J., Russell, J.K., 2018. Attrition in the kimberlite system. Mineral. Petrol. 1–11.

Jones, T.J., Russell, J.K., 2017. Ash production by attrition in volcanic conduits and plumes. Sci. Rep. 7, 5538.

Jones, T.J., Russell, J.K., Lim, C.J., Ellis, N., Grace, J.R., 2017. Pumice attrition in an air-jet. Powder Technol. 308, 298–305.

Jones, T.J., Llewellin, E.W., Houghton, B.F., Brown, R.J., Vye-Brown, C., 2017. Proximal lava drainage controls on basaltic fissure eruption dynamics. Bull. Volcanol. 79, 81.

Jones, T.J., McNamara, K., Eychenne, J., Rust, A.C., Cashman, K. V., Scheu, B., Edwards, R., 2016. Primary and secondary fragmentation of crystal-bearing intermediate magma. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 327, 70–83.

Brett, R.C., Russell, J.K., Andrews, G.D.M., Jones, T.J., 2016. Reply on: “Comment on: The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine” authored by Brett R.C. et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 424 (2015) 119-131]. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.

Brett, R.C., Russell, J.K., Andrews, G.D.M., Jones, T.J., 2015. The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 424, 119–131.

Jones, T.J., Russell, J.K., Porritt, L.A., Brown, R.J., 2014. Morphology and surface features of olivine in kimberlite: implications for ascent processes. Solid Earth 5, 313.

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