My name is Madison Myers and I am currently finishing up my Ph.D. at the University of Oregon studying volcanology with Dr. Paul Wallace, in collaboration with Dr. Colin Wilson.
More specifically, I apply various microanalytical techniques (FTIR- H2O & CO2, EPMA- major elements, LA-ICP-MS- trace elements) to glasses and host phenocrysts to interpret the storage, evolution, and mobilization timescales that led to explosive eruptions.
Currently I am studying the very initial fall deposits
of three large, caldera-forming eruptions, including: the Huckleberry Ridge Tuff (~2.08 MA, Yellowstone Volcanic Field, Wyoming), the Bishop Tuff (~0.76 MA, California), and the younger, Oruanui eruption (26.4 ka, Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand) to investigate the processes that allow eruptions to start & stop, and what finally triggers the larger event.
I am also interested in understanding the processes that facilitate ‘mush remobilization’, inspired by the complexities of the San Juan Volcanic Field. In the future I hope to pursue these topics through the use of melt inclusions and gradients in reentrants (unsealed melt inclusions), compositional zonation in hydrous phases (biotite, amphibole), and experimental studies.
For more information on my research, please peruse this website or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.