UMD Planetary Volcanism Laboratory
Welcome to the University of Maryland Planetary Volcanism Laboratory!
We study volcanoes on Earth and beyond.
What are the sources and quantities of volatiles in the interiors of the terrestrial planets?
What factors control volcanic eruptive style on the Earth and other planetary bodies?
How fast does magma cool within the volcanic conduit? How fast does magma rise from source to surface?
Can we link petrologic markers of magma ascent to the seismic record at active volcanoes?
How did a mugearite form on Mars?
Megan has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award! We are excited to develop a water-in-feldspar crystal clock, and we look forward to meeting local high school students for an annual Volcano Summer School!
Liam's paper about the water content of the ureilite parent body has been published in GCA! The paper is available here.
New graduate students Sumedha Desikamani and Kathy Stepien have arrived on campus - welcome! Sumedha will be constraining water partitioning and diffusion behavior in plagioclase, and Kathy will be working with Sarah Penniston-Dorland and me to measure water in garnet.
Undergraduate Researcher MaKayla Etheredge has joined the University of Oregon as a graduate student in volcanology - congratulations MaKayla!
Liam's NASA proposal has been selected for funding! Liam is now a Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology. He will use this three-year award to study the origin of inner solar system volatiles. CONGRATULATIONS LIAM!!!
New graduate students Kyle Kim and Cosmo Varah-Sikes have arrived on campus - welcome! Kyle will be working on magma ascent at Cinder Cone (Lassen Volcanic National Park) and Cosmo will be working with Jessica Sunshine and me on some mysterious spinel-rich lunar volcanic deposits.
New graduate student Silvia Castilla Montagut has arrived in College Park - welcome Silvia!
Liam has been selected to receive an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award - congratulations Liam!
New paper accepted in Frontiers about magma pressure-temperature-time paths during mafic explosive eruptions. Make sure to check out the rest of the 'crystal archives of magmatic processes' collection!
Liam has been awarded a GSA Graduate Student Research Grant. Congratulations, Liam!
The iN10MX FTIR has arrived!
The Planetary Volcanism Lab is under construction! Microscopes have arrived and we're ready to start polishing olivine.
Goldschmidt abstract submission is open! Check out session 06j: "Do Magmatic Systems Play by our Rules? Translating from an Equilibrium Rulebook into a Kinetic Playbook". We will be discussing disequilibrium processes in magmatic systems, including diffusion chronometry (crystal clocks). Deadline is 31st March.
AGU abstracts are due 1st August! Please consider submitting your abstract to session V039: "The Time is Ripe: Advancements of Diffusion Chronometry in Igneous and Metamorphic Systems".
Megan is an invited speaker at the upcoming pre-Goldschmidt workshop about melt inclusions.
Megan was an invited speaker at the PACROFI conference at Rice University.