Our Project

Who we are

Welcome to the website for our Ecuador Volcano Expedition, 2010. Thanks to NSF and the Office of Interanational Science and Engineering (OISE) for funding our expedition of discovery. We are a group of scientists from California State University, Los Angeles, the University of Wyoming, the Instituto de Geofisico in Quito Ecuador,teaming up with classrooms in the U.S.A and Ecuador to bring science from the field into the classroom.



jen pic Jennifer M. Garrison, PI, is an Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology and Volcanology at CSULA. Her research includes timescales of magma formation in continental arcs, and the evolution of rhyolite and dacite in large caldera systems. She has completed research projects in Central America (Ilopango Caldera) and Ecuador (Cotopaxi Volcano), and she is currently working with colleagues to investigate the extent and formation of the Ecuadorian Rhyolite Province (ERP). Jennifer received her Bachelors Degree in Geology from Colorado State University, her MSc from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. from UCLA. She was then awarded a two-year NSF MARGINS postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa. She joined the Geology Department at CSULA in 2007.
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Kenneth W W Sims, Co-PI: As an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Ken Sims uses isotopic and chemical tracers to study geologic processes. His current research interests focus on the study of melt generation and magma transport, magma degassing, isotope hydrology, geochronology and paleo-oceanography. Dr. Sims earned his BA in Geology from Colorado College, his MSc from the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico; and his PhD in Geochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. After obtaining his PhD Ken went to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as a WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar Fellow. He then joined the WHOI scientific staff where he worked for ten years. In 2009 he left WHOI, as an Associate Scientist with Tenure, to join the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. For further details on Ken's Academic CV, publications, climbing resume, as well as links to his past scientific expeditions go to his website.
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Gene Yogodzinski, Research Scientist: Gene is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of South Carolina. His research combines geological field work with geochemical studies that focus primarily on the use of trace elements and isotopes to understand magmatic processes and their roll in the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle. His interest is primarily in understanding how the geochemistry of island arc volcanic rocks is controlled by tectonic processes in different subduction settings. All of Gene's projects are tied in some way to basic geologic observation on the ground, so he has a strong interest in field geology, especially in areas of active volcanism. Most of Gene's work is in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and on the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Russian Far East. He also has worked in the western U.S., especially in Oregon and Nevada, and has been involved in projects in Romania and Ecuador. Click here for a link to Gene's research page.

chris pic Chris Waters - Research Scientist received a B.S. in Geology from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Geochemistry in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, where he used 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria to place constraints on the petrogenesis and eruption history of mid-ocean ridge basalts. He is now a post-doc at the University of Wyoming, working with Ken Sims. His primary role in our field work in Ecuador will be to measure short-lived U-series nuclides in the volcanic gases emitted at El Reventador in an effort to understand better the processes and time scales associated with magma degassing.
tim pic Tim Matthews; Graduate student at the University of Wyoming working towards a MSc in geochemistry under the direction of Ken Sims. Tim received his BS in Environmental Geo-Science from Michigan State University in 2009. His undergrad research project focused on using trace elements to determine the source of rhyolite magmas in the Mid-Continent Rift System. His current research is focused on using U-series isotopes to determine petrogenesis and timescales of accent and degassing of Ecuadorian magmas. His family hails from Rochester, Michigan.
jess pic Jessica Chaney is an undergraduate student in the Geology Department at CSULA. She is a senior, and will complete her bachelors degree in Geology in Spring 2011. She plans to pursue a M.S. in volcanology.
ric pic Ricardo Escobar is an undergraduate in the Geology department at CSULA. He is a sophmore and will graduate in Spring 2013.
Sylvia Vallejo Vargas is a Research Scientist and undergraduate student of Geology Engineer at “Escuela Politecnica Nacional” in Quito, Ecuador.  She works at the Instituto de Geofisico in Quito and she is responsible for thermal monitoring of the active volcanoes in Ecuador and the developed of new application techniques using thermal images.  Her thesis research is on the distribution of Late Holocene ash deposits in Ecuador the last 7000 years. She also has experience working on Reventador Volcano and the
identification of recent lava flows the last years.