My name is Madison Myers and I recently started as an Assistant Professor of Igneous Processes at Montana State University.
In my research 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.
My dissertation research studied 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.
Currently I am focused on applying different methods for determining decompression rate to the initial explosive deposits of the 3,600 year old Minoan eruption, the last caldera-forming event from Santorini, Greece.
For more information on my research, please peruse this website or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.