Volcanology Research Group
Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University

Shane Rooyakkers

PhD. Student

email: shane.rooyakkers@mail.mcgill.ca

New Zealand is lucky enough (from a volcanologist’s perspective, if not from a societal one!) to have its fair share of amazing volcanoes, and from a young age I was intrigued by their beauty and power. That, combined with a love of the outdoors, led me to study geology and geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington. After my undergraduate degree I completed an MSc under the supervision of Prof Colin Wilson and Dr Ian Schipper. My research focused on understanding mafic-felsic interactions in the Oruanui supereruption of Taupo volcano, New Zealand.

My PhD research at McGill is focused on understanding processes of generation, storage and eruption of rhyolite magma at Krafla volcano, Iceland, through field studies and application of a range of petrologic and geochemical techniques.  Krafla is a hotspot (pardon the pun) for research at the moment due to the recent discovery of a shallow rhyolite magma body beneath the caldera, and in 2016 an attempt will be made to drill into the magma and study it in detail - the first such attempt globally!. My work aims to provide context for understanding this modern system by studying the products of past rhyolitic eruptions at Krafla.

When I’m not chasing volcanoes I like hiking and pretty much anything else outdoors, playing guitar (badly), brewing beer (even more badly), and all things music. In the future I’m looking forward to discovering more exciting volcanoes and working to unlock their secrets with the beauty of science.


 

from:   Stratford, New Zealand

Profile: Shane on White Island, New Zealand.

Emerald Lakes, Tongariro, New Zealand

Fieldwork with John Stix and Kim Berlo at Krafla volcano, Iceland

Haleakala crater, Maui, Hawaii

Pu’u O’o vent, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii

Taranaki volcano (home!), New Zealand

Crater lake of Ruapehu, New Zealand.

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