Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Lecture on volcano eruptions
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.