research opportunities at WVU

I have a research opportunity available for an MS student starting in August 2019.

Suitable students will be eligible for a combination of teaching and research assistantships in the Department of Geology and Geography, and are encouraged to apply for WVU and Eberly College scholarships as well.

 View of Tzintzuntzan, Lake Patzcuaro, and the surrounding volcanoes of the Michoacán–Guanajuato volcanic field (http://michoacan.travel/en/).

View of Tzintzuntzan, Lake Patzcuaro, and the surrounding volcanoes of the Michoacán–Guanajuato volcanic field (http://michoacan.travel/en/).

Volcanic Geology of Lago de Patzcuaro and the heartland of the Tarascan State, Michoacan, Mexico

Advisors: Dr. Graham DM Andrews (WVU Geology & Geography) & Dr. Amy Hirshman (WVU Anthropology)

We are looking for an MS student motivated to study the volcanic geology and geoarcheology of the Lago de Patzcuaro area, Michoacan, Mexico. The successful candidate will joining a growing volcanology and petrology research group at WVU. Lago de Patzcuaro is within the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and surrounded by incompletely studied, Pleistocene - Holocene mafic and intermediate volcanoes and lavas. The Tarascan State, contemporaneous with the Aztecs, developed within this volcanic and seismically active landscape, and incorporated volcanic products into their ceramics and building stones. The student will map and describe the volcanic stratigraphy of the region around the lake, and identify potential sources of different mafic materials used in Tarascan ceramics. Geochronology and correlation with published lake sediment core records will establish the eruptive history of the region and inform on present-day volcanic hazards. Necessary training in physical volcanology, ceramic petrography, and Tarascan archaeology will be provided.

Required skills: BS or BA Geology including field geology and geological mapping (equivalent to WVU’s GEOL404), mineralogy, and petrology. For more details see: https://www.geology.wvu.edu/graduate-studies

Preferred skills: ability to speak and understand Spanish, ability to complete light to moderately exerting fieldwork