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Faculty Profile

Benjamin Edwards

Professor of Earth Sciences; Walter E. Beach Chair in Sustainability Studies (2002)

Contact Information

edwardsb@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall Room 142
717.254.8934
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/edwardsb/

Bio

His research foci are interactions between volcanoes and glaciers (glaciovolcanism), Arctic and Alpine climate change (including directing the Dickinson College Arctic and Alpine Climate Change Research Experience AACCRE), and the impacts of volcanic ash on plants. Volcano studies include the formation of pillow lava and cooling joints, large-scale lava-ice experiments at the Syracuse Lava Lab (http://lavaproject.syr.edu), petrological imaging of lithospheric stratigraphy (using xenoliths from Neogene to Recent volcanoes in the North American Cordillera), applications of theoretical models for understanding the formation of cooling fractures in lavas, and the formation of deposits during volcano-ice interactions. His other interests include soil-forming processes, mineralogy, environmental hazards, the history of science, the history of Arctic exploration, and the influence of plate tectonics on almost everything. His current research involves taking students to places like Alaska (Gates of the Arctic), Iceland (2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption), Greenland, the Canadian Arctic (Nunavut), British Columbia, Chile (2015 Villarrica eruption) and Peru to study volcanic stratigraphy, glaciers and climate change.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

ERSC 250 Introduction to Arctic Studies
Permission of Instructor Required

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

ERSC 500 Independent Study