Alison Rust is a volcanologist who combines laboratory experiments with analogue materials (e.g. syrup for magma) and studies of erupted rocks to understand how and why volcanoes erupt. Her PhD at the University of Oregon, focused on bubbles in magmas and included fieldwork at Newberry Volcano, OR. As a postdoc at the University of British Columbia she simulated volcano seismicity and magma flows with laboratory experiments with analogue materials from gelatin to hair gel. Since 2006 she has been an academic at the University of Bristol in England where she teaches Volcanology both in the classroom and the field. She regularly uses food analogies in her teaching to explain challenging magmatic processes and is keen to broaden this approach to the general public.