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About Me

I’m a volcanologist at the USGS California Volcano Observatory who studies volcanic stability and hazards, as well as science communication. My research involves both field and modeling applications; for my Mendenhall postdoc I modeled the stability of Cascade volcanoes, and for my PhD at the University at Buffalo I studied the hydrothermal system of the Santiaguito lava dome complex in Guatemala. 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.

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