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Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

College of Arts and Sciences






Loÿc Vanderklusen, PhD, studies volcano systems all the way from how they generate magma to what happens during an eruption and lava begins to flow. Because he received his doctorate at the University of Hawaii, Kilauea was one of the places Vanderkluysen was able to study firsthand.

He is available to talk about what happens during eruptions and how scientists monitor volcanoes, including visual monitoring, remote thermal sensoring, geochemistry and the study of the composition of rocks themselves. 

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