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Plenary Speakers

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Catherine Annen 

Topic: Formation of magma chambers and their ability to feed eruptions

Catherine Annen is a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She is a numerical Earth scientist working at the intersection between volcanology, igneous petrology, and geophysics. She uses numerical simulation and heat transfer computation to investigate the conditions of formation of magma bodies in the context of volcanism and plutonism. She is particularly interested in how magma chambers form, how magmas differentiate, and how magmatic systems work at the scale of the crust.

Catherine graduated in Earth Sciences at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and received a PhD in 1999 jointly awarded by the University of Geneva and by the University Blaise Pascal of Clermont-Ferrand (France). She is currently vice president of the commission Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems (VIPS) commissioned by IAVCEI.

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Mie Ichihara

Topic: Understanding the flow-to-fracture transition of volcanic fluids through analogy experiments 

Mie Ichihara is an Associate Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo. She is a physics based volcanologist working at the intersection between volcanology, mechanical engineering, and physics. She performed laboratory experiments to simulate elementary processes of eruptions and volcanic wave generations. She is particularly interested in the magma fragmentation processes and the transition from flow to fracture. She is also involved in seismo-acoustic monitoring for volcanoes and tries to link between the laboratory phenomena and filed observations.

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Gert Lube 

Topic: Pyroclastic density currents - recent advances in understanding and future challenges

Gert is Professor of Volcanology at Massey University and dad of two New Zealand-born boys. Within Massey’s Volcanic Risk Solution group, Gert leads the research group Physical Volcanology and Geological Fluid Mechanics that includes the large-scale international eruption simulation facility PELE. Gert’s research expertise is in Physical Volcanology, general Natural Hazard Science and Fluid Mechanics with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms behind transport, sedimentation and hazard impacts of geophysical mass flows and other types of natural and man-made multiphase granular-fluid flow systems, as well as the eruption record and dynamics of New Zealand volcanoes. Current research foci include the multiphase physics and dynamics of pyroclastic density currents, the turbulence and sedimentation characteristics of gravity currents, and reconstruction of eruption events at Whakaari (White Island) and Taupo volcanoes. For these and other research topics, Gert and his colleagues are typically applying analogue experiments, field studies, theoretical and computational fluid mechanics

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Matt Pritchard 

Topic: Advancing volcano science and hazard mitigation with multi-parameter satellite datasets: Vision for a global volcano satellite observatory

Matt Pritchard is a Professor of Geophysics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Continents at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA.  He studies how the Earth's surface deforms in response to earthquakes, magma movements, glacier dynamics, and human activities using radar, infrared, and optical satellites, through geophysical field observations, and numerical modeling.  

Matt was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., physics) and the California Institute of Technology (MS & Ph.D., geophysics), and was a Harry Hess Postdoctoral Scholar at Princeton University.  During 2016 and 2019, he was a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union Geodesy Section, the U.S. national correspondent to the International Association of Geodesy, and is leading the National Science Foundation funded CorGGLE summer internship program that allows students from diverse majors and backgrounds to explore opportunities for geoscience graduate study, specifically giving them exposure to myriad socially relevant careers in the geosciences.

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ECR Plenary Speakers

Brett Carr    

Topic: The hazards and driving processes of lava dome collapse: insight from the eruption of Sinabung Volcano (Indonesia)

Brett Carr is a research scientist in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, USA. Brett has a range of interests focused on integrating observations and modeling to develop a more complete understanding of eruptive processes. His recent and ongoing research includes projects on lava flow emplacement, lava dome stability, lava lakes, and effusive-explosive transitions. Brett also specializes in applications of unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) and photogrammetry in volcanic environments. A particular emphasis of his work is on persistently active volcanic systems and how prolonged eruptions progress over time and change their style of activity.

Brett earned a B.A. in earth sciences from Dartmouth College in 2007, a M.S. in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin in 2008, and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2016. He was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory prior to starting at the University of Arizona in 2022.

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Tehnuka Ilanko   

Topic: Un-mixing messages: finding meaning in volcanic gases

Tehnuka’s main research area is volcanic degassing. She is particularly interested in how we can understand volcanic processes and plumbing through gas geochemistry, and in developing methods to collect, analyse, and interpret gas data from active volcanoes. Much of her work to date has used ground-based remote sensing to investigate open-vent volcanism.

Tehnuka completed her Ph.D. at Cambridge University. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Mexico and, supported by a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship, at The University of Sheffield. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the Tephra Seismites group at the University of Waikato.

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Sally Potter   

Topic: The Future of Forecasts and Warnings

Sally Potter is a social scientist at GNS Science in New Zealand. She conducts research on effectively communicating forecasts and warnings across all natural hazards to support mitigative decision-making. Sally has reviewed New Zealand’s Volcanic Alert Level system, developed the Volcanic Unrest Index to help classify the intensity of unrest episodes, and researched historical caldera unrest at Taupō and eruptions at Tongariro. She regularly applies research findings, including through forecasts following the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Whakaari White Island 2019 eruption, 2022 Ruapehu unrest, and the recent Taupō caldera unrest episode. She is a global leader in impact-based severe weather warning research and behavioural response and is investigating how this can be applied to geohazards.  Sally has also spearheaded efforts to gather crowdsourced observations of hazards and their impacts. She leads multidisciplinary research teams and is co-located with emergency managers.

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Osamu Sandanbata  

Topic: Trapdoor faulting at submarine calderas in Japan and New Zealand: Its potential for volcanic tsunami generation

Osamu Sandanbata is a post-doctoral researcher at National Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) of Japan, who completed his PhD in March 2020 at the Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. To investigate volcanic activity on land and underwater, he uniquely takes an interdisciplinary approach using analyses/modeling of tsunamis and seismic waves with volcanic origin and volcano deformation. Through his cross-cutting approach, he has studied peculiar tsunamis from volcanic earthquakes that took place quasi-regularly at submarine calderas in Japan and New Zealand to reveal that the calderas abruptly uplifted by meters due to trapdoor faulting under the ocean. Currently, he is trying to understand the dynamics of volcanic calderas that interact magma reservoirs with intra-caldera fault systems by combining the earthquake and volcano physics. He is also investigating volcanoes through remote observation of their seismic signals. His interest also includes ship-borne survey and in-situ geophysical observation for monitoring of active submarine volcanoes.

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