Kenneth W. Christle

Ken is a research scientist working with Drs. Whitney Behr and Claudio Madonna. He completed his B.S. in Geology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2007 where he utilised EPMA and XRF to analyze lava flow samples produced by Hekla Volcano in Iceland to identify the petrologic evolution of this system over the historic record (1104 – 2000). Ken also holds an M.S. in Geology from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2012, where he studied the formation mechanism of unusual lava flow features, known as lava pillars, produced during the 1783-84 Lakagígur eruption in Iceland. His research focuses on testing various geothermometers. In addition to research, Ken supports operations in the Rock Physics and Mechanics Lab, has his FAA Part 107 UAS Pilot’s License, and trains group members in UAS operations for use in field work.

More information can be found at Ken’s webpage.

Current project affiliations: Ti-in-Quartz equilibration with the presence of melt