Faculty Profile

Benjamin Edwards

Professor of Earth Sciences (2002)

Contact Information

edwardsb@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 142
717.254.8934

Bio

His research foci are glaciovolcanism (interactions between volcanoes and ice, including the formation of pillow lava and cooling joints), petrological imaging of lithospheric stratigraphy (using xenoliths from Neogene to Recent volcanoes in the North American Cordillera), and applications of theoretical models for understanding the transport and crystallization of silicate melts. His other interests include mineralogy, environmental hazards, the history of science, and the influence of plate tectonics on almost everything. His current research involves taking students to places like Monterrat (West Indies) to study xenoliths and volcanic stratigraphy, Iceland to study volcano-ice interactions, and northern British Columbia to map and collect samples of volcanic deposits, especially from volcanoes that erupted beneath or against ice.

Education

  • B.A., Carleton College, 1989
  • M.S., University of Wyoming, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1997

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ERSC 305 Earth Materials
Completion of both ERSC 305 and 309 fulfills the WID Requirement.