Personal profile

Biography

I am an education-focused lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment. My work falls into the broad subject area of Earth Systems Science and tends to be quite transdisciplinary. 

I have previously worked for Te Pū Ao | GNS Science (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Waipapa Taumata Rau | the University of Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand) since finishing my PhD.

Research interests

My primary research interests are effusive volcanic hazards and geoscience education. In my geology work, I use computational and analogue modelling supplemented by field and laboratory work. This is complemented by qualitative social science methodologies which I also use in discipline-based geoscience education research. I am especially interested in applied problems that involve local communities and combining research with educational and community engagement in ethical ways.

Monash teaching commitment

I am transitioning into becoming the First Year Coordinator for the School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment. As such, I coordinating EAE1011 with Marion Anderson in 2024 and EAE1022.

Supervision interests

Potential students are always welcome to reach out to me via email: sophia.tsang@monash.edu.

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, ScB, A Geochemical Study of the Eastern Vents of Akaroa Volcano, New Zealand, Brown University

Sept 2011May 2015

Award Date: 25 May 2015

Secondary Teaching, Graduate Diploma, University of Auckland

Feb 2021Oct 2022

Geology, PhD, Modelling the Hazard Footprint and Consequences of Lava Flows in an Urban Environment, University of Auckland

Aug 2016Jun 2020

External positions

Community Engagement Specialist, Geological & Nuclear Science

Jan 2023Feb 2024

Honorary Academic, University of Auckland

20232025

Research area keywords

  • Volcanic Hazards
  • Geoscience Education