Graduate Student Studies Volcanic Hazards
Hi! I'm Megan Saalfeld, a volunteer at the USGS-Cascade Volcano Observatory. I am a master's student at BGSU studying the geochemical and petrological evolution of Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador.
In between my field work in Ecuador this past May and being a teaching assistant for field camp in Iceland in August, I have been spending my summer learning about the research being done by the scientists at CVO. During my time here so far, I have had the opportunity to help build a "spider" (a volcano monitoring station) and take trips into the field to maintain and repair the volcano monitoring network around Mt. Hood.
My time here has reinforced my goal of getting a Ph.D., and I hope to continue my career with the USGS to advance our understanding of volcanic hazards and the dangers they pose to nearby communities.