Who We Are

Volcanoes Top Trumps, in partnership with Winning Moves Ltd, official designers of Top Trumps.

With the special packs you find on sale here we used start up funds from the University of Plymouth to buy these packs. Any of the profit that we make from selling these packs will go into the Volcanoes Top Trumps Fund; we are doing this in in our spare time and no money made from the cards is going as profit to us or the Universities!

With official stats, facts and pictures: what better way can you have fun and learn about volcanoes?

The game content was devised by volcanologists and geologists affiliated with STREVA (Strengthening Resilience In Volcanic Areas).  They are:

 Jenni BarclayAnna HicksJon Stone (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia)

Paul Cole and Iain Stewart (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth)

David Pyle (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford)

The really lovely cartoons on this website were drawn for us by Luke Surl who is a PhD Researcher (Atmospheric Sciences and Volcanology) at the University of East Anglia, but in his spare time he illustrates and devises his own cartoons and webcomics. You should check it out!

Some fun facts about us.. 

David visited his first Volcanoes Top Trumps volcano (Villarrica, Chile) at the age of 7, and wanted to be a volcanologist ever since then. He shares a birthday with the 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens, and has visited or climbed ten of the VTT volcanoes so far. His favourite volcano that didn’t make it into the pack would have to be Oldoinyo Lengai, in Tanzania – possibly the strangest volcano on Earth.

Jenni’s first ‘volcano’ summit was Tinto Hill ( a ~400 million year old felsite intrusion in Scotland)  but the first ‘active’ volcano she climbed was Grimsvotn. However that didn’t make the final TopTrumps cut!  The most Wow! volcano for her was Crater Lake; the sheer size of the caldera left behind by its largest eruption is just stupendous. Her favourite Top Trumps volcano to visit again and again is Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat. There is something new to learn everytime and the island of Montserrat is very beautiful.

Paul’s favorite volcano is Stromboli, Italy which did make the final Top Trumps cut! What more could you want than almost guaranteed volcanic activity, pizza and beer all in the same seat? However Soufriere Hills Volcano follows a close second, having spent lots of time there and seen lots of amazing activity in the late 90’s, and then 3 and half years as Director of the MVO. The island of Montserrat feels a bit like a second home.