Jessica L Ball, Ph.D.


I am a Mendenhall Postdoctoral fellow with the Volcano Science Center at Menlo Park, and my work centers on volcanic hazards, particularly those related to volcano hydrothermal systems. I use groundwater and stability models to examine the effects of pore pressurization on edifice instability and collapse. I was previously emplyed as the Geological Society of America's Science Policy Fellow and I completed my doctorate at SUNY Buffalo in February 2014, investigating how the stability of silicic lava domes is affected by hydrothermal processes over short and long timescales. Previously, I received my BS in Geology from the College of William & Mary in 2007, and worked from 2007-2008 as the Outreach and Education Assistant at the American Geosciences Institute. My interests also include science communication and outreach, and I currently write the Magma Cum Laude blog for AGU’s Geoblogosphere. 

PhD: 2014, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

BS: 2007, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA



The hydrothermal alteration of cooling lava domes. Ball, J.L., Stauffer, P.H., Calder, E.S., Valentine, G.A., 2015: Bulletin of Volcanology, v.77, n. 12, p. 1-16. [Link]

An assessment of hydrothermal alteration in the Santiaguito lava dome complex, Guatemala: Implications for dome collapse hazards. Ball, J.L., Calder, E.S., Hubbard, B.E., Bernstein, M.S., 2013: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 75, p. 676-693. [Link]

A new application of a finite element heat and mass transfer numerical modeling code (FEHM) to heat and fluid circulation in lava domes. Ball, J.L., Stauffer, P.H., Calder, E.S., 2012: Abstract V13A-2813 (poster) presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 3-7 Dec.

Investigating hydrothermal alteration of a silicic lava dome complex (Santiaguito, Santa Maria Volcano, Guatemala)Ball, J.L., Calder, E.S., 2011: Soufriere Hills Volcano: 15 Years On Conference Abstracts, MVO, Montserrat, W.I., 4-8 April.

Alteration minerals on the Santiaguito lava dome complex, Santa Maria Volcano, GuatemalaBall, J.L., Calder, E.S., Giese, R., 2010: Abstract V31C-2335 (poster) presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA., 13-17 Dec.

Volcanism on the Fish Lake Plateau, Central UtahBall, J.L., Bailey, C.M., Kunk, M.J., 2009: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain 2009 v. 41 n. 6.

Geology and Geochemistry of the Osiris trachyte, Fish Lake Plateau, Utah (poster). Ball, J.L. and Bailey, C.M., 2007: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain 2007, v. 39 n. 5.

Summary of recent volcanic activity. Venzke, E. and Ball, J., 2004: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 67 n. 1, p. 97-98.