Graduate Students
PIRE Project
Volcanology at MTU

For more information about volcanology at Michigan Tech, please see our group's web site.

Current students

  • Daniele Alami, INVOGE, Research Topic: Earthquake-volcano interaction in Ecuadorv
  • Kyle Brill, Ph.D., Research Topic: The broadband record of explosions from Fuego volcano
  • Lorenzo Gratton, INVOGE, Research Topic: Static and dynamic triggering of volcanic unrest
  • Chet Hopp, PCMI (in Panama), Research Topic: Seismicity of Volcan Baru
  • Anthony Lamur, INVOGE (in France), Research Topic: Thermal, Infrasound, and Seismic Energy from Fuego Eruptions
  • Federica Lanza, Ph.D., Research Topic: Tilt from ultra-long period seismic recordings on volcanoes
  • Brianna Lopez, PCMI (in Guatemala), Research Topic: Campaign GPS Deformation Measurements at Pacaya volcano
  • Elena Russo, INVOGE (in Italy), Research Topic: Seismotectonics of the Yellowstone Plateau

Students Who Have Graduated

  • Federica Lanza, M.S. 2011, Evaluating Stress Patterns for Plio-Quaternary Brittle Deformation along the Calama-Olacapato-El Toro Fault Zone, Central Andes (coadvised with Alessandro Tibaldi)
  • Katheen McKee, M.S. 2012, Using Auto- and Cross-Correlations from Seismic Noise to Monitor Velocity Changes at Villarrica Volcano, Chile
  • Josh Richardson, Ph.D. 2013, Volcano and Glacial Seismic Sources
  • Tricia Nadeau, Ph.D. 2011, Ultraviolet Digital Imaging of Volcanic Plumes: Implementation and Application to Magmatic Processes at Basaltic Volcanoes (coadvised with Simon Carn)
  • Nicole McMahon, M.S. 2011, Automation of Shear-Wave Splitting Parameter Determination of Local Earthquakes At Yellowstone: Application as Indicator of Crustal Stress and Temporal Variation
  • John Lyons, Ph.D. 2011, Dynamics and Kinematics of Eruptive Activity at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala 2005-2009 (coadvised with Bill Rose)
  • Dulcinea Avouris, M.S. 2011, Triggering of Volcanic Activity by Large Earthquakes (coadvised with Simon Carn)
  • Josh Richardson, M.S. 2010, Characteristics of Seismic and Acoustic Signals Produced by Calving, Bering Glacier, Alaska
  • Jemile Erdem, M.S. 2010, Modeling Temporal Changes in Eruptive Behavior Using Coda Wave Interferometry and Seismo-Acoustic Observations at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

Information for prospective students

Seismological recordings of volcanic processes are both the most abundant and the most widely used by volcano monitoring agencies for real-time assessment of the volcanic hazard. Volcano seismology is most powerful when combined with other geophysical and geological information. I am looking for students with skills in mathematics and physics who are primarily interested in seismology research, but who are eager to conduct interdisciplinary research to enhance their seismic modeling. I encourage students to be involved with acquiring data for their projects, which could mean spending a significant amount of time in field within the U.S. or abroad. Michigan Tech's strengths in volcanology (our department has one of the largest volcanology graduate programs in the country), remote sensing and exploration geophysics are excellent compliments to students who are interested in volcano seismology and the deformation of the crust and upper mantle.

I currently am working with students on projects at Mount St. Helens, Yellowstone, and Newberry volcanoes in the U.S., Fuego and Pacaya volcanoes in Guatemala, and Villarrica Volcano in Chile, which involve seismic investigations of crustal structure and volcanic processes. Students will learn to apply seismological techniques such as moment tensor inversion, seismic tomography, receiver function analysis, shear-wave anisotropy analysis, and generation of Green's functions from seismic noise. For more information on some of my current projects, please contact me.

For general information about Michigan Tech, please take a look at the Graduate School web site.

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