August 2018

I contributed to a KIJK magazine story (in Dutch) about surprising new results from monitoring of the Halemaumau lava lake at Kilauea.


July 2018

PhD candidate Shelby Isom is attending the 19th Melts, Glasses, and Magmas short course at LMU in Munich, following the end of her first field season at Obsidian Dome.

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GSV Sleeper Service

The lab's new DJI Phantom 4 drone arrived and will be in the air soon. It is registered with the FAA as GSV Sleeper Service in honor of my favorite author Iain M. Banks.

The drone will be used to image and map outcrops, and to create 3D models by photogrammetry.


June 2018

Congratulations to all WVU graduates but especially budding petrologists Holly Pettus and Clayton Reiner.

 Holly Pettus at WVU Geology fieldcamp out west.

Holly Pettus at WVU Geology fieldcamp out west.

PhD candidate Shelby Isom is continuing her fieldwork at Obsidian Dome, California, with field assistant Levi Fath. I was with Shelby for two weeks, along with colleagues Alan Whittington, Stuart Kenderes (Mizzou), and Kenny Befus and Tyler Leggett (Baylor), working as part of our National Science Foundation-funded project to study the emplacement mechanisms and timescales of glassy rhyolite lavas. See new field photos in galleries.

 Shelby Isom examining scours in the Noonday Dolomite at Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley NP.

Shelby Isom examining scours in the Noonday Dolomite at Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley NP.

PhD candidate Alyssa Kaess is helping to teach the first session of WVU's summer fieldcamp in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

Dr. Sarah Brown and I have been working on improving the characterization of vesicles in welded ignimbrites to use CT-imaging as a way to measure strain. See our first animation here.

June 14th I was interviewed for local radio's Gary Bowden show on volcanic eruptions in the news. You can listen here.


May 2018

Classes are finished and I just got back from the WVU Fire and Ice Study Abroad trip to Iceland. The trip was a huge success and a great advertisement for combined teaching by faculty with different expertise - I couldn't have done it without the help of Dr. J. Steve Kite.

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PhD candidate Shelby Isom starts her field research at Obsidian Dome this on May 26th when we meet up with our project collaborators from Mizzou and Baylor universities. 


April 2018

A big lab representation at the 2nd Research Symposium (4/14) in WVU's Mountainlair - 5 posters by researchers Brenna Cole, Holly Pettus, Nick Fair, Andrew McGrady, and Clayton Reiner, under the supervision of myself and Ken Brown. Andy and Brenna both placed in the Environmental Sciences category. 

Brenna Cole and Andrew McGrady both received WV Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowships for 2018-19 to conduct research with me and my colleague Dr. Shikha Sharma, respectively.


March 2018

Undergraduate researcher Holly Pettus was awarded an inaugural Helen Lang Undergraduate Scholarship. Helen passed away in December after a short illness and is greatly missed. Holly, Ken Brown, and I presented petrology-themed posters at Helen's memorial service in the Department of Geology and Geography (obituary).

Holly also received a scholarship from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to help defray the costs of summer fieldcamp.

Check the new images and videos from our GEOL460 Physical Volcanology class.

PhD candidate Shelby Isom completed her prelim exam on March 2nd.

PhD candidate Alyssa Kaess just returned from University of Colorado Boulder's TRaIL (Thermochronology Research and Instrumentation Lab) where she was picking apatite grains from the Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, as part of her thesis research. 

Alyssa and Shelby both completed their Wilderness First Aid credentials in preparation for fieldwork later this year.


February 2018

Undergraduate geology majors Brenna Cole and Nickolas Fair joined the research group with their projects analyzing LiDAR images of silicic lavas and the paleo-landscape of the Fraser River Basin, respectively.

I contributed towards a Dutch popular science magazine article and website (in Dutch) on new research from Kikai submarine caldera, SW Japan.

Undergraduate researcher Andrew McGrady presented his research at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, and inadvertently witnessed the first really big day of the WV teachers' strike. 

Planning for the "Geology of Iceland" study abroad class is now in full swing. 10 WVU undergraduates, 1 graduate student, and 6 continuing education students are joining Prof. Steve Kite and I in southern Iceland in May.

The GEOL460 Physical Volcanology class got a behind-the-scenes visit of the rock and mineral collections at the Smithson Institution's Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. Highlights included getting to hold and examine Martian and Lunar meteorites and demonstrations of the giant pyroclastic density current tank. See "galleries".

NEW PAPER published in Island Arc on the tephra record of the Izu-Bonin arc for the last one million years.


October 2017

Undergraduate research students Holly Pettus and Andrew McGrady have both been awarded NASA Space Grant Scholarships by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

Holly Pettus, Dr. Ken Brown, and I will all be presenting research at the 2017 GSA Meeting in Seattle, WA (Oct. 23rd - 25th).


September 2017

NEW PAPER published in International Geology Review on the geochronology of volcanic rocks from the Izu rear arc (IODP Expedition 350)!


August 2017

I'm off to Iceland for a week to scope out locations for the 2018 WVU Geology Spring Break trip and future research sites.

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June 2017

I just got word that our NSF proposal to work on Obsidian Dome and South Coulee lavas in eastern California has been recommended for funding!

 Here we come...

Here we come...

 Strain markers waiting to be analyzed.

Strain markers waiting to be analyzed.