We are super excited to have geoscientist and volcanologist Morgan Haldeman (@georedhead) join us at Real Scientists this week! Morgan recently began working at the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) as a Marine Research Specialist. We asked Morgan about their journey with science so far:
I’ve always loved volcanoes and earthquakes since I was a little girl, and devoured every book and documentary on the subject I could get my hands on. Since then, I’ve focused my studies on science, with special attention paid to earth sciences.
Volcanology has always been my first love and I’m too stubborn to leave during the times that get hard, even when I wanted to throw my samples across the room.
What are you working on right now?
I recently completed a Master’s thesis in March of 2018 and have since moved back to the USA. My research focused on volatiles within glassy selvages of basaltic lavas, looking at how depths and pressures affected concentrations. As of May 15, I began working with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, which organizes and schedules the national academic fleet of research vessels. I’m still figuring out my role, but so far it’s going well and will hopefully propel me into further oceanographic research, particularly with submarine volcanism.
Why is this work important?
My love is for volcanoes, and with the current news cycle people are of course very interested. However, my work has focused primarily on submarine volcanism, i.e. glasses from pillow basalts. As submarine volcanism makes up the majority of volcanic eruptions on earth, it is critical to better understand any hazards and products of these processes.
Please welcome Morgan to Real Scientists!