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Ray is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Geosciences, Monash University, and a Visiting Professor at CODES, University of Tasmania.

Ray's research interests are:

  • Physical Volcanology
  • Clastic sedimentology
  • Dynamic processes in modern and ancient volcanic and volcano-sedimentary systems
  • Collaborative industry research

Ray Cas is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Geosciences at Monash University, and a Visiting Professor at CODES, University of Tasmania. He is internationally well known in the field of physical volcanology, including understanding explosive and effusive eruption processes, transportation and dispersal processes of erupted products, the hazards posed by volcanic eruptions, and the natural resources that are produced by volcanoes. 

He and his research team of postdoctoral research fellows and research students undertake research in many modern volcanic provinces overseas, including Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Canary Islands (Spain, in the Atlantic Ocean), Azores Islands (Portugal, in the mid-Atlantic Ocean), the Andes (northwest Argentina), as well as the still active Newer Volcanics Province of Western Victoria and South Australia. 

In addition, the Monash Volcanology Research Group (MONVOLC), undertakes collaborative research with the mining industry, helping companies to develop a better understanding of the origin and characteristics of the volcanic host rock successions to a variety of mineral deposits, including gold, nickel, base metals (Cu, Pb, Zn) and diamonds. This research has involved fieldwork all over Australia, Canada, South Africa and Botswana.

Ray presents an annual week-long industry shortcourse on volcanic processes, titled 'Volcanic Processes, Products, Successions and Resources'. This course has been presented annually in Australia since 1982, and has also been presented by invitation overseas in Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Canada, and Brazil. Over 1,000 geoscientists and research students have taken this course.

Ray is President of the International Association for Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), the major international learned society for volcanology, for a 4-year term from 2011 - 2015. He regularly speaks publically and gives media interviews on all aspects related to volcanology.

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Projects 2000 2016

Infrared and Raman Microspectoscopic Equipment for Biomolecular and Nanostructural Analysis

McNaughton, D., Barrow, C., Cas, R., Chen, Y., Fox, B., Henderson, L., Vongsvivut, J. & Wood, B.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 1976 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

A preliminary report on new Ediacaran fossils from Iran

Vickers-Rich, P., Soleimani, S., Farjandi, F., Zand, M., Linnemann, U., Hofmann, M., Wilson, S. A., Cas, R. & Rich, T. H., 2018, In : Alcheringa. 42, 2, p. 230-243 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

2.7 Ga plume associated VHMS mineralization in the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane, Yilgarn Craton: Insights from the low temperature and shallow water, Ag-Zn-(Au) Nimbus deposit

Hollis, S. P., Mole, D. R., Gillespie, P., Barnes, S. J., Tessalina, S., Cas, R. A. F., Hildrew, C., Pumphrey, A., Goodz, M. D., Caruso, S., Yeats, C. J., Verbeeten, A., Belford, S. M., Wyche, S. & Martin, L. A. J., 1 Apr 2017, In : Precambrian Research. 291, p. 119-142 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Causes of complexity in a fallout dominated plinian eruption sequence: 312ka Fasnia Member, Diego Hernández Formation, Tenerife, Spain

Edgar, C. J., Cas, R. A. F., Olin, P. H., Wolff, J. A., Martí, J. & Simmons, J. M., 1 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 345, p. 21-45 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

Controls on volcanism at intraplate basaltic volcanic fields

van den Hove, J. C., Van Otterloo, J., Betts, P. G., Ailleres, L. & Cas, R. A. F., 1 Feb 2017, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 459, p. 36-47 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluating a campaign GNSS velocity field derived from an online precise point positioning service

Holden, L., Silcock, D., Choy, S., Cas, R., Ailleres, L. & Fournier, N., 1 Jan 2017, In : Geophysical Journal International. 208, 1, p. 246-256 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review