Eruptions Summer Schedule, Part 2
I write the Eruptions blog on Big Think. I've been mesmerized with volcanoes (and geology) all my life. It helps that part of my family comes from the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia, where I could see first hand the deadly effects of volcanic eruptions. Since then, I've taken a bit of a winding path to become a volcanologist. I started as a history major at Williams College, almost went into radio, but ended up migrating to geology, including an undergraduate thesis on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. I followed this up by changing coast to get my Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Then I ran a MC-ICP-MS lab at University of Washington for a spell (and wrote for an indie rock website). I spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California - Davis studying the inner workings of magmatic systems. I am now an assistant professor at Denison University and have projects in New Zealand, Chile and Oregon.
I am fascinated by volcanoes, their eruptions and how those eruptions interact with the people who live around the volcanoes. I started this blog after getting frustrated with the news reports of volcanic eruptions. Most of them get the information wrong and/or are just sensationalistic. I will try to summarize eruptions as they occur, translate some of the volcanic processes that are happening and comment on the reports themselves.
And no matter what people tell you, I definitely do not have a cat named Tephra. (OK, I do).
You can find out more about my research by visiting my website. If you have any comments, questions or information, feel free to contact me at eruptionsblog at gmail dot com.
Well, now that we're in mid-July, Eruptions will be going on autopilot for a while as I start 2 weeks of field and labwork in California. My trip will involve collecting some Triassic-Jurassic rhyolites from Mineral King, extracting some zircon from those rhyolites to analyze them for composition and ages at the SHRIMP lab at Stanford University. I'll also be meeting my senior research student in Palo Alto who will be flying in later with zircon from the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak. The plan right now is to visit Lassen Peak while my student is out in California, but as Eruptions readers Diane reminded me, the Lassen area still have a lot of snow on the ground. How much snow? Well, as of late last week, the southern entrance to the park still had 3 FEET(!) of snow on the ground and the summit of Lassen had 141.5" (almost 12 feet) of snow. Ah, the joys of mountain field work.
So, while I'm off in California, my internet access will be sporadic. Now, as usual, there will be some new articles that will be posted automatically, such as a guest post from Dr. Mariek Schmidt on the hazards of field work, a new volcano profile on Ruapehu along with a review of Clive Oppenheimer's new book "Eruptions that Shook the World". I'll also hopefully be posting the answers to your questions from Dr. Oppenheimer as well.
There will be some new posts when I have internet access, especially if something big happens. I'll also be experimenting with blogging from my iPad, so the posts might not be as entirely link-filled or long as usual. Feel free to use this post as an open thread if something exciting happens in the volcano world.
I'll be back from California in early August and be back on schedule.
Top left: Lassen Peak erupting in 1915.
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