Fieldwork, expeditions in wild places and events like rocket launches challenge and inspire. These experiences are also a critical part of the work my group does on problems in volcanology, magmatic processes, surface processes, planetary science and climate change over decadal, millennial and longer time scales.  

Here are images from a selection of field excursions over the years. Please also see my publications 

VOLCANIC PROCESSES AND VOLCANIC TREMOR  

Montserrat (2005). Ten years after the city of Plymouth was destroyed and much of the way of life on Montserrat changed forever, I went to a meeting, talked with locals and carried out fieldwork. The experience motivated much of what my group does in volcanology currently.  

A volcano-seismic test of our "Magma Wagging" model for pre-eruptive volcanic tremor at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico (2014). Collaborators: D. Roman (DTM, Carnegie Institution) and Centro Nacional de Prevencion de Desastres (CENAPRED), Mexico City 

A radar and IR study of turbulent entrainment and mixing into volcanic jets at Sabancaya Volcano, Peru (2018). Collaborator: F. Donnadieu (UCA, France) 

GROWTH, INTERNAL DIFFERENTIATION AND ERUPTION OF SILICIC MAGMA BODIES 

Characterizing the rheological controls over mafic-silicic magma interactions at Tuolomne Meadows, CA (2010). 

Developing quantitative field constraints on the dynamics of silicic magma chamber rejuvenation and overturn along the Maine coast and in the sierras (2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010). Collaborator: R. Wiebe (UC Davis) 

SUBGLACIAL DRAINAGE, THE RESPONSE OF ARCTIC LANDSCAPES TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ORIGIN OF MARTIAN GULLIES 

Testing a new method for identifying and distinguishing the erosional fingerprints of pressurized subglacial channelized flows from fluvial drainage systems in remotely sensed topographic and image data, Devon Island, Nunavut (2016 and 2017). Collaborator: G. "Oz" Osinski (UWO)

Exploring quantitative analogues for the origins of high and low slope Martian gullies, channel initiation and downstream evolution in polygonal terrains and bedrock controls over subglacial channelized drainage, Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut (2019). Collaborators: G. "Oz" Osinski (UWO) and former PhD students A. Grau Galofre (ASU) and S. M. Chartrand (SFU) 

and...ROCKET LAUNCHES! 

OSIRIS REX, September, 2016 with Catherine Johnson's planetary science research group and mom

INSIGHT, May, 2018 with my and Catherine Johnson's research groups (photo credit: https://www.peregrinephotography.com).