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The Volcanofiles

Exploring the Earth, one volcano at at time...

Our Research

We research volcanoes to understand how they work from the inside out

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Volcanofiles Expeditions

Fieldwork is an essential part of volcano science. Learn about the expeditions taken by the Volcanofiles: past, current, an ongoing.

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Active Volcano Monitoring

We employ multi-parameter volcano monitoring to capture snapshots of volcanic activity from multiple angles including UV spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, solar photometry, and more.

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In the Laboratory

We combine analysis and experimentation in the laboratory with field data and modeling to understand the inner workings of volcanoes.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Learn about our work in the field and in the lab

Erebus science – carbon dioxide and caves

December 18, 2015
Tehnuka Ilanko

We’re sitting on an airforce Hercules on the way back to Christchurch. An 8-hour flight is an excellent opportunity to catch up on sleep, data processing, and blog posts. Erebus itself is quite an unusual volcano – it is home to one of the world’s few persistent lava lakes; large crystals, also called megacrysts, of […]

Erebus fieldwork – gas sampling

December 16, 2015
Tehnuka Ilanko

We are now back at McMurdo after two and a half weeks in the field. This post was started partway through our season. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to finish and post it in the few hours that the internet connection was up – apologies to our readers for the delay (it’s a harsh […]

Fieldwork preparations in Antarctica

November 22, 2015
Tehnuka Ilanko

As we are just a couple of days out from our planned departure for Erebus, we are finishing off training and testing out some of our equipment to make sure it will work in the field. On Saturday, we went out for crevasse rescue training, along with another team. They will be working on a […]