Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Lecture on volcano eruptions

Williamstown – The geosciences department will host speaker Michelle Coombs '94, a research geologist for the U.S. Geological Studies Volcanic Hazards Team, on Tuesday, April 12, at 4:15 p.m. in Clark Hall, room 204. She will deliver a lecture titled, "The Alaska Volcano Observatory: Monitoring and Research on the Last Frontier."

Coombs received her doctorate in geology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2001, where she studied shallow magmatic processes beneath the volcanoes of Katmai National Park. She is currently observing volcanic activity in Hawaii, particularly the growth of Mt. Kilauea and submarine eruptions.

As part of a joint U.S-Japanese research project, Coombs is involved with mapping the ocean floor around active volcanic sites. This study produces data that can be used to understand the formation and development of new islands.

The event is a Class of 1960 Lecture and is open to the public, free of charge.

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