Colin Devey is Professor of Oceanic Volcanism in the Research Division “Dynamics of the Seafloor” at Geomar, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, a position he has held since 2004. He was Deputy Director of Geomar from 2008 to 2011. From 1998 to 2004 he was Professor for “Petrology of the Ocean Crust” at the University of Bremen and was Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences there from 2001 to 2003. Devey was born in the UK and earned his BSc at Imperial College, University of London and his PhD at Oxford University with a thesis entitled “Structure and Composition of the Deccan Trap lava series, India”. His first marine experience was during a Royal Society post-doc at the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques in Nancy, France. He has since led over 30 marine expeditions to study seafloor volcanism around the globe. He led a 6-year German Science Foundation Priority Program on Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes 2003-2009 and was Chair of the international InterRidge organisation from 2004 to 2006. Devey's research focusses on understanding the thermal and chemical balances between Earth´s mantle and crust related to seafloor volcanism and the role of the oceanic lithosphere in the Earth System. He uses autonomous and remotely controlled vehicles for precise imaging and sampling of submarine volcanoes and their hydrothermal systems.
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