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Amy Gilmer, PhD

I am an igneous petrologist interested in the role magmatic processes play in driving plate tectonics, building mountains, forming of volcanic belts and their associated geologic hazards, and forming hydrothermal ore deposits. 

My research is focused on the evolution of magmatic systems. I study extinct systems, using exposures to explore internal processes driving magma, analogous to the plumbing systems feeding active volcanoes. I combine field geology, geochronology, geochemistry, and petrology to constrain conditions of magmatic storage and differentiation that result in either eruption or pluton emplacement and help us understand the larger architecture of magmatic systems.