Summer Schedule 2011
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 June and it will be 95 here in Ohio tomorrow, so I guess summer is here. Coming part and parcel with summer comes my usual odd schedule, so I thought I'd give you all a heads up to what is coming for the next few months - and some special features to which you can look forward.
First off, I will be away from the blog starting June 10 until June 21 ... and I will be completely out of touch. "Why?" you ask. Well, I'll be getting hitched this weekend and then its off to the honeymoon (no place with volcanoes, mind you), so I will avoiding the interweb as best as I can. I will leave an open thread if something exciting happens - and look for a post marking the 20th anniversary of the Pinatubo eruption about midweek next week.
Later in the summer, from July 13-28, I'll be off in California doing field work at Mineral King, running samples at the ion microprobe lab at Stanford and taking a field trip to Lassen Peak. I'll likely be more connected during that period, but look for the next volcano profile (when the voting ended, the winner by the tiniest of margins was Ruapehu) along with some other goodies.
Finally, in early August I'll be headed to a SERC workshop on teaching mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry in Minneapolis - so lots of working on how to better teach about what I find most fascinating: all those hard rocks.
So, the summer is starting - lots to do, but it all will be great fun!
Top left: Mineral King, California. I'll be back there this summer.