1976 …2019

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Personal profile


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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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

Complex evolution of volcanic arcs: The lithofacies and palaeogeography of the Cambrian Stavely Arc, Delamerian Fold Belt, Western Victoria

Bowman, N. H., van Otterloo, J., Cairns, C. P., Taylor, D. H. & Cas, R. A. F., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 373, p. 120-132 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Emplacement origins of coarsely-crystalline mafic rocks hosted in greenstone belts: Examples from the 2.7 Ga Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia

Hayman, P. C., Cas, R. A. F., Squire, R. J., Campbell, I. A., Chen, M. & Doutch, D., 1 May 2019, In : Precambrian Research. 324, p. 236-252 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

IAVCEI: From small beginnings to a vibrant international association

Cas, R., 16 Apr 2019, In : History of Geo- and Space Sciences. 10, 1, p. 181-191 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
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

1 Citation (Scopus)

Why deep-water eruptions are so different from subaerial eruptions

Cas, R. A. F. & Simmons, J., 20 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Earth Science. 6, 21 p., 198.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
14 Citations (Scopus)