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Christine Chan

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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 an M.S. (2013) in geology from Oregon State University.  She is the current President of the Osage Chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists.  Chan’s Ph.D. research focuses on developing a high precision U‑230Th‑Pb geochronology technique to date zircon crystals from young volcanoes.  The goal of the project is to provide insight into how long magma can persist during the lifetime of a volcano, and how much its presence signals increased risk of an imminent eruption.  She 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.

Mentor: Noah McLean, Assistant Professor, Geology

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