Christine Chan is a 2018-2022 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in geology, with an emphasis in geochronology and isotope geochemistry at The University of Kansas. She received a B.S. (2010) in geology from the University of Puget Sound and a M.S. (2013) in geology from Oregon State University. Chan’s Ph.D. research focuses on developing an integrated U‑230Th‑Pb dating technique that can be used to determine the age of zircons from young volcanic deposits. The goal of the project is to provide insight into how long magma can persist during the lifetime of a volcano, and what are the magmatic conditions leading to eruption. Chan is also working on a project to better understand the crystallization and uplift history of the oldest magma intrusions in the Death Valley region, and how those intrusions document Basin and Range extension. She is passionate about STEM outreach and hopes to encourage women and other underrepresented groups within the geosciences to pursue earth science careers.
Mentor: Noah McLean, Associate Professor, Geology