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Thomas Shea

Thomas Shea
Associate Professor
Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Division

Research Fields
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Volcanology

Research Topics
  • Pyroclastic density currents (PDCs)
  • Magma crystallization
  • Diffusion in melts and minerals
  • Magma degassing
  • Textural analysis
  • Edifice collapse and debris avalanches

Research Themes
Courses Commonly Taught
  • ERTH 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands
  • ERTH 302 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • ERTH 461 Geospatial Information
  • ERTH 605 Lava Flow Morphology and Rheology