Off to AGU 2010 in San Francisco
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.
It is that time a year again - final exams, Christmas music and the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. All this does make the end of the year always seem like a whirling storm of activity, but it definitely can be fun if you don't try to see and do everything.
There is, as always, tons of interesting talks, press conferences and workshops at the AGU 2010 meeting and I'll be trying to post about some of the most exciting stuff I see or hear - some of that will end up here with daily (?) summaries, and some will come in on my @eruptionsblog twitter feed (remember, you don't have to be signed up for twitter to see the feed!)
You can check out the full schedule here, but a few presentations I'm especially excited to attend include:
There are a bunch of cool talks/posters on Friday, but sadly I jet back to Columbus on Thursday night to begin finals here at Denison.
There are also three interesting volcano-related press conferences in Moscone West 3000 that I am going to try to hit (not sure I've even been to a press conference):
As for me, I'll be giving a talk on the role that citizens might play in the future of volcano monitoring called "Using the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption as a model of citizen involvement in scientific research" during a session on Monday afternoon - ED14A-07 at 5:30 in Moscone South 102. I'll also be on the panel for a Workshop called "Science Blogging" on Thursday from 2-4 in Moscone West 3000 - which will be webcast live (check out the main AGU 2010 website for the webcasts).
If you happen to be attending the meeting and see me, come on over and say "Hi!" or you can live vicariously through the updates I'll be posting ... and if anything big happens outside the convention center in the world of volcanoes, look for it here as well!
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