Tara Shreve

PhD Candidate at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

2018 Repetitive GPS Campaign at La Soufrière, Guadeloupe
Photo of Valle del Bove at Etna Volcano, from 2017 M2 field trip
Photo of La Soufrière dome, with a muon telescope in the foreground, Guadeloupe, 2018

Born and raised in the East Bay of California, I completed my BSc in Mathematics with a minor in Physics at American University in Washington, DC in 2016. After finishing my M2 in geophysics as part of the International Master's Program at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), I received funding from the INSPIRE project to undertake a PhD at IPGP.


My PhD project focuses on using state-of-the-art remote sensing methods, in particular interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR), to increase our understanding of volcanic processes at remote, equatorial volcanoes. The volcanoes of interest include Ambrym, Ibu, and La Soufrière. During this project, I will use InSAR, complemented by other remote sensing and in-situ techniques, to measure deformation linked to magmatic eruptions, dome building events, and the pressurization of hydrothermal systems. The goal of this project is to synthesize this data with other measurements— degassing, thermal anomolies, seismicity, etc.— to accurately model the sub-surface processes driving surface deformation at these volcanoes.



Vanuatu, SW Pacific



Maluku Islands, Indonesia

La Soufrière

La Soufrière

Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles


Jonathan E. Kollmer, Tara Shreve, Joelle Claussen, Stefan Gerth, Michael Salamon, Norman Uhlmann, Matthias Schröter, and Thorsten Pösch, Migrating shear bands in shaken granular matter, Physical Review Letters, 125, 048001 (2020) doi:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.048001.

Roberto Moretti, Jean-Christophe Komorowski, Guillaume Ucciani, Séverine Moune, David Jessop, Jean-Bernard de Chabalier, François Beauducel, Magali Bonifacie, Arnaud Burtin, Martin Vallée, Sebastien Deroussi, Vincent Robert, Dominique Gibert, Tristan Didier, Thierry Kitou, Nathalie Feuillet, Patrick Allard, Giancarlo Tamburello, Tara Shreve, Jean-Marie Saurel, Arnaud Lemarchand, Marina Rosas-Carbajal, Pierre Agrinier, Anne Le Friant, Marc Chaussidon, The 2018 unrest phase at La Soufrière of Guadeloupe (French West Indies) andesitic volcano: Scrutiny of a failed but prodromal phreatic eruption, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 106769 (2020) doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.106769.

Tara Shreve, Raphaël Grandin, Marie Boichu, et al. From prodigious volcanic degassing to caldera subsidence and quiescence at Ambrym (Vanuatu): the influence of regional tectonics. Sci Rep 9 , 18868 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55141-7.

Manuel Baur, Joelle Claussen, Stefan Gerth, Jonathan Kollmer, Tara Shreve, Norman Uhlmann, Thorsten Pöschel, How to measure the volume fraction of granular assemblies using x-ray radiography, Powder Technology (2019) doi:10.1016/j.powtec.2019.08.025.

Contact Me

E-mail: shreve[at]ipgp.fr

Postal address:

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Bureau #205

1 rue Jussieu

75238 Paris cedex 05 France