Graduate Students
PIRE Project
Volcanology at MTU

Current students

  • Kyle Brill, Ph.D., Research Topic: The broadband record of explosions from Fuego volcano
  • Monica Castro-Escobar, (PCMI Ecuador), Research Topic: Eruption cycles at Fuego volcano
  • Federica Lanza, Ph.D., Research Topic: Tilt from ultra-long period seismic recordings on volcanoes
  • Hans Lechner, Ph.D., Research Topic: Deformation and hazard modeling of Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

Students Who Have Graduated

  • Maximilian Guettinger, M.S. 2016, Preliminary Seismic Coda Wave Attenuation Study of Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
  • Chet Hopp, M.S. 2015, (PCMI Panama), Characterizaion of Seismicity at Volcán Barú, Panama: May 2013 through April 2014
  • Lorenzo Gratton, M.S. 2014, (INVOGE), Static and Dynamic Stress Change at 27 Volcanoes of the Central American Volcanic Arc After the Mw7.6 Costa Rica Earthquake of 5 Septemer 2012.
  • Brianna Lopez, M.S. 2014, (PCMI Guatemala), Surface Displacement Analysis for Volcan Pacaya from October 2001 through march 2013 by 3D Modeling of Precise Position GPS Data
  • Elena Russo, M.S. 2014, (INVOGE), Evaluation of the Evolving Stress Field of the Yellowstone Volcanic Plateau from 1988 to 2010 from Earthquake First Motion Inversion
  • John J. Wellik II, M.S. 2014 (PCMI Indonesia), Doing More With Short Period Data: Determining Magnitudes From Clipped and Over-Run Seismic Data at Mount St. Helens
  • Josh Richardson, Ph.D. 2013, Differentiating Path and Source Processes in Complex Geologic Structure Trhough Passive Seismic Studies: Bering Glacier, Alaska and Villarrica Volcano, Chile
  • Katheen McKee, M.S. 2012, Using Auto- and Cross-Correlations from Seismic Noise to Monitor Velocity Changes at Villarrica Volcano, Chile
  • Kyle Brill, M.S. 2011, (PCMI Guatemala), Characterization of Harmonic Tremor at Santiaguito Volcano and its Implications for Eruption Mechanisms
  • 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)
  • 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, (PCMI Guatemala), 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, (PCMI Guatemala), 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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