Please Note: This course will be taught in the Summer of 2011. We are currently working on the online registration materials (as of Dec 9, 2010) and should have these available within the next couple of weeks.

Those interested in the course should complete and send in the application forms linked below. We will add more detailed information about registration procedures as soon as they have been approved through UNM channels.

Field Studies in Volcanology


University of New Mexico - Los Alamos National Laboratory

Volcanology Summer Field Course

Field exercises, complemented by evening lectures, cover various techniques used in field investigations of volcanic rocks, including applications to studies in volcanology, petrology, economic geology, and geothermal systems. Mapping and stratigraphic exercises emphasize understanding the nature of volcanic eruption processes and the stratigraphic development of volcanic terranes. Field exercises are conducted in the Miocene-Quaternary Jemez Mountains volcanic field (including Valles Caldera) in north-central New Mexico. Field course participants are based at the University of New Mexico's Young Ranch Field Station. Exercises include study of lava flows, pyroclastic rocks, and derivative sediment over the compositional range from basalt to rhyolite. Studies in hydrothermally altered rock and sampling of geothermal fluids and gases are also included. Exercises include field trips to El Malpais and Bandelier National Monuments and a 3-day whitewater raft trip and exercise in White Rock Canyon on the Rio Grande.

Field Course Links:

General Information

  • Course Offerings: The course is 3 weeks long. It starts July 25 and ends August 15, 2011. Students must arrive in ABQ on July 14 and can leave on August 16, 2011
  • Prerequisites: Completion of a field geology course and petrology
  • Fees: Should be approximately US$2,800 (includes tuition for 4 credit hours, course fee for room & board, and transportation during the course). Approved course fees should be finalized before the end of the year (2010), and all details will be posted here.
  • Application: Admission to the course is competitive. The initial step in the application process is to download and complete the following two application forms (Microsoft Word Format) and return them to Dr. Fischer via Email (below):
  • To participate in the E&PS Volcanology Summer Field Course you must complete all of the following steps:
    • U.S. National Students (Link to be updated)
    • International Students (Link to be updated)

For more information contact:

Dr. Tobias Fischer
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
141 Northrop Hall
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA
Phone:(505) 277-0284 FAX:(505) 277-8843

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