Ellen McGowan

Associate Lecturer, PhD student

Current Research

Ellen is a NERC funded PhD student

The aim of Ellen's research is to gain insight into how magmatic water escapes from rhyolitic magma, which is a relatively viscous type of magma. It is important to understand how the water escapes because the explosivity of volcanic eruptions has previously been shown to decrease as more water escapes from the magma. Ellen is researching how tuffisite veins (ash-filled fractures) and permeable foams (connected networks of bubbles) control water loss from rhyolitic magma. She is researching this process through studying dissected rhyolitic volcanic conduits (pathways that transport magma) at three central volcanoes in Iceland. She is analysing the textures in the conduits during extensive field seasons and through microscopic examinations. The textures are being linked to magmatic water concentration gradients that provide evidence for water loss.

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Media article or participation

Lancaster Environment Centre PGR poster day 2014
Participation in conference

Lancaster volcano-ice gathering 2014
Participation in conference

Oral presentation at the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group meeting - Edinburgh 2014
Participation in conference

STEM ambassador activity: tour of the laboratories and insight into volcanological research at Lancaster University for year 10 students from Longridge High School
Schools engagement

3 minutes and 3 slides, a presentation at the Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference at Lancaster University
Participation in conference

PhD Speaker Winner
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Invited speaker at the Open University in the NW Geological Society winter meeting 2013
Public lecture/debate/seminar

STEM ambassador activity: visit day at Lancaster University for a year 13 student from Lancaster Girls Grammer School
Schools engagement

CAT scanning industrial valves at Lancaster University for Velan Valves Ltd
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Radiation Protection Supervisors Training Course for X-ray Users
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Lancaster volcano-ice gathering 2013
Participation in conference

Beamtime on the Synchrotron-source Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscope at the Diamond Light Source Facility, Oxfordshire
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Lancaster Environment Centre PGR poster day 2012
Participation in conference

Lancaster Environment Centre lunchtime seminar
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

STEM ambassador activity: Widening participation event for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
Schools engagement

Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group 2012
Participation in conference

Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference
Participation in conference

Rescue Emergency Care First Aid award
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First Class degree MGeol Geology
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Santander travel award
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Access to higher education
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BTEC in animal care
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