About Me

I’m a volcanologist who studies how water affects the stability of volcanic edifices, mainly through hydrothermal alteration. My research involves both field and modeling applications; for my PhD at the University at Buffalo I studied the Santiaguito lava dome complex in Guatemala and created numerical models of hydrothermal systems in lava domes. I completed my B.S. in Geology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I studied Miocene ash flow tuffs in Utah for my undergraduate thesis.

I originally started blogging to talk about my experiences as a geology graduate student, but I’ve since expanded to a variety of subjects, including current events, field excursions, science communication, and (of course) volcanology.

You can contact me at magmacumlaude@gmail.com