Dr David Damby

Research Scientist


Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Section for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Theresienstr. 41, 80333 Munich, Germany


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Research Expertise


David Damby is interested in the effects of natural mineral dusts on biological systems. Drawing from a background in both volcanology and biochemistry, he applies a material science approach to identify inherent mineralogical properties that govern biological responses. To date, he has been involved with IVHHN on the development and adaptation of techniques for ash hazard characterisation as well as the implementation of toxicity assays for hazard assessment, and has contributed to rapid-response studies following eruptions world-wide.


Relevant Publications


Damby, DE; Llewellin, EW; Horwell, CJ; Williamson, BJ; Najorka, J; Cressey, G; Carpenter, M. (2014). The alpha-beta phase transition in cristobalite from volcanic ash. Journal of Applied Crystallography. 47:4.
Damby, D. E., Horwell, C. J., Baxter, P. J., Delmelle, P., Donaldson, K., Dunster, C., Fubini, B., Murphy, F.A., Nattrass, C., Sweeney, S., Tetley, T.D., & Tomatis, M. (2013) ‘The respiratory health hazard of tephra from the 2010 Centennial eruption of Merapi with implications for occupational mining of deposits’, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 261, 376-387.




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