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Meredith Townsend

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-4573
  • Office: 213 Volcanology
  • Interests: Volcanology, Structural Geology, Rock Mechanics
  • Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I combine field work and mechanical modelling to learn about magma transport and storage in the crust. Some of the questions I am interested in pursuing include:

  • What controls the propagation and arrest of magmatic dikes and sills? 
  • How does the architecture of volcanic plumbing systems evolve structurally over time?
  • How are magma chambers assembled and what promotes their growth into large, long-lived crustal reservoirs?
  • How do crystal-scale dynamics lead to chamber-scale compositional and rheological heterogeneity?

While most of my work to date has applied to volcanology, I generally am fascinated by all things rock mechanics. I am interested in understanding how geologic structures like faults and fractures initiate and evolve, and how their behavior affects hydrologic, hydrocarbon, and magmatic systems.

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