Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
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Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

EPS Colloquium

“Fiddling Around with Magma Chambers and Icy Satellites” with Christian Huber, Associate Professor of  Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University.

Abstract: I am going to present ongoing projects aimed at gaining a better understanding of the structure and evolution of magma reservoirs in the crust. Through this overview, I will discuss (1) the conditions favorable for the growth of eruptible magma reservoirs and its role on caldera cycles, (2) the reasons why these magma reservoirs have a tendency to emplace and grow at pressures of about 2kbar, (3) the processes that control the internal dynamics of magma reservoirs and the rate of melt-crystal extraction. If time allows, I will also discuss how laboratory experiments on the dynamics of icy satellites is also proving to be eerily similar to magma reservoir dynamics.

Short bio: I grew up in the French speaking part of Switzerland. There I studied Earth Sciences and obtained a BSc in 1998, then a MSc in 2001. I realized then that my goals were to conduct research and specifically within the realms of understanding the dynamical processes that shape Earth and other Planetary bodies. As I was ill-equipped to handle these challenges, I decided to start a new academic adventure and obtained a BSc in Physics (focus on theoretical physics) in 2004. In 2005, I moved to UC Berkeley to start a PhD under the guidance of M. Manga, focusing on multiscale and multiphase physical processes in magmas. After my PhD, I moved to Georgia Tech, initially for a postdoc, but became faculty there until 2016. In the summer 2016, I moved to Brown University, where I now hold an appointment of Associate Professor in Geophysics.


Contact Name: 

Summer Smith

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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