Volcanic eruptions pose significant hazards to human health and society. Lava flows, earthquakes, mudslides and hot ash, gas and rocks are just some of the dangers residents face in the wake of a volcanic eruptions. Several American Geophysical Union scientists are available to comment on the science of volcanoes and the various hazards they pose to human communities, ecosystems, and Earth’s climate.
Tracy Gregg is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where she studies lava flows on land, at the bottom of the ocean and on other planets. She’s particularly interested in extra-long or extra-voluminous lava flows, and what processes can make normally safe, runny lava (like that erupting from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii) violently explode.
Phone: +1 (716) 645 4328
Erik Klemetti is an associate professor of Geosciences at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. His research focusses on how crystals in lava or volcanic ash record events inside volcanoes before, during and after eruption. He wrote Eruptions, a blog about volcanoes, for nine years on ScienceBlogs and Wired. Now, he writes Rocky Planet, a geology blog, for Discover and posts about volcanic eruptions around the world on Twitter (@eruptionsblog).
Phone: +1 (740) 587-5788
Janine Krippner is a physical volcanologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her recent work focuses on pyroclastic flows using field and remote sensing methods. She runs a blog about volcano science, research, hazards, and experiments.
Phone: +1 (412) 620-8887.
Michael Manga is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California in Berkeley, California. He studies the physical processes that govern volcanic eruptions and chaired the 2017 National Academy study, ERUPT, on how to improve our understanding of, and ability to forecast, eruptions.
Phone: +1 (510) 643-8532
Arianna Soldati is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in volcanology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Her research mainly focuses on lava flows, both active and inactive, specifically their dynamics, viscosity, and shape.
Phone: +1 (573) 818-5539
Adam Soule is an Associate Scientist in the Geology and Geophysics Department and the Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His expertise is on the physics of magma storage, ascent, and eruption. His studies focus on the physical volcanology of submarine magmatic systems as well as terrestrial volcanoes.
Phone: +1 (508) 289-3213
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