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Kayla Iacovino BSc

Kayla Iacovino BSc

PhD Student

Experimental and petrological constraints on deep magma production and evolution at Erebus volcano, Antarctica

Biography

I am currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Cambridge in volcanology and petrology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University. While at ASU I worked for three years as a researcher in the experimental petrology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Moore. Since beginning my work at Cambridge, I have participated in field expeditions to Antarctica, North Korea, Ethiopia, Chile, and Costa Rica and have worked in laboratories in Cambridge, England; Orléans, France; and Camerino, Italy.

Career

  • 2005-2010: BSc Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
  • 2007-2010: ASU/NASA Space Grant Intern, Arizona State University, USA
  • 2007: Research Intern, University of Minnesota REU Program

Qualifications

  • BSc in Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, USA

Research

My PhD research focuses on constraining deep magma production and evolution at Mount Erebus volcano, Antarctica utilizing experimental petrology techniques. Specifically, I am studying evolutionary crystallization and degassing processes within the Erebus magmatic system. My work is focused on the volatile carrying capacity of Erebus melts and the dependence of phase equilibria on volatile (H2O, CO2, S) concentration, P/T conditions, and redox state in primitive alkaline magmas from Ross Island, Antarctica in order to understand degassing processes and evolutionary trends throughout the Erebus lava lineage.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Iacovino K, Moore G, Roggensack K, Oppenheimer C & Kyle P (2013) H2O-CO2 solubility in mafic alkaline magma: Applications to volatile sources and degassing behavior at Erebus volcano, Antarctica. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 845-860. doi: 10.1007/s00410-013-0877-2
  • Iacovino K, Oppenheimer C, Scaillet B & Kyle P (in review) Erebus volcano as an archetype for CO2-dominated rift volcanism: Experimental constraints on the magma plumbing system of Ross Island, Antarctica.
  • Iacovino K & Britton A (in prep) Cooling rate of the rhyolite obsidian lava flow from the 2011 eruption at Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Chile via satellite remote sensing
  • Peters N, Moussallam Y, Hicks K, Tsanev V, Iacovino K & Oppenheimer C (in prep) First order calibration of UV camera images using static DOAS

Selected Presentations

  • Invited Talk: "Communicating Your Science: Outreach in the Field"
    Iacovino K & Ilanko T (2013)
    Oral Presentation, Royal Geographical Society Explore 2013, London, England.
  • "Toward a unified method for the quantification of volatiles in magmas via FTIR"
    Iacovino K, Peters N & Oppenheimer C (2013)
    Poster Presentation, Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy.
  • "Experimental constraints on the evolution of alkaline magmas from Ross Island, Antarctica: A case for CO2-dominated volcanism"
    Iacovino, Oppenheimer, Scaillet, Kyle (2013)
    Oral Presentation. IAVCEI Conference, Kagoshima, Japan.
  • "Experimental constraints on the evolution of alkaline magmas from Ross Island, Antarctica: A case for CO2-dominated volcanism"
    Iacovino K, Oppenheimer C, Scaillet B & Kyle P (2012)
    Oral presentation. Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • "The importance of initial conditions: Experimental constraints on the evolution of alkaline magmas from Ross Island"
    Iacovino K, Oppenheimer C, Scaillet B & Kyle P (2012)
    Oral presentation. Le Studium Erebus Conference, Orleans, France.
  • H2O-CO2 solubility in basanites: Applications to volatile sources and degassing behaviour at Erebus volcano, Antarctica
    Iacovino K, Moore G, Roggensack K, Oppenheimer C & Kyle P (2009)
    Oral presentation. AGU Fall Conference, San Francisco, California, USA.

Teaching

  • Michaelmas Term, 2013: Undergraduate Supervisions, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Volcanic Hazards, Part IB (2nd Year undergraduates)
    • Magma Chambers, Part II (3rd Year undergraduates)
    • Eruption Styles, Part II (3rd Year undergraduates)
  • 2008-2010: Teaching in Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
    • 2008, 2009, 2010: GLG 103, Introduction to Geology Lab
    • 2009: SES 101, Earth, Solar System, and Universe Lecture
    • 2009: GLG 424, Petrology Lecture and Lab
    • 2010: GLG 452, Field Geology II
  • 2007-2010: Various outreach activities supported by the Mars Eduction Program, Arizona State University, USA

External activities

  • Research scientist with the Mt. Paektu Geoscientific Group (MPGG)
  • Co-founder, webmaster, and outreach coordinator for The Volcanofiles, an educational outreach group of volcanologists at the Unviersity of Cambridge
  • Contributing scientist to the Royal Geographical Society From the Field Programme. Developed A-levels (Grades 11-12 US equiv.) science curricula focused on volcanology
  • Co-convener of AGU Town Hall Meeting on Software & Research (12/2013)
  • Public outreach through radio appearances and blogging with National Public Radio's Science Friday program (2010-present)
  • Software Sustainability Institute Fellow 2013
  • Science editor for TrekMovie.com
  • Science contributor for GEEK Magazine
  • Member, Cambridge University Expeditions Society
  • Personal website http://www.kaylaiacovino.com
  • Work group website http://www.volcanofiles.com