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John Lyons

I study infrasound and seismic data from restless and erupting volcanoes in Alaska and around the world. Analyzing geophysical data from volcanoes helps me better understand the processes that generate the signals and informs the hazards associated with those processes. My research also aims to identify and develop better tools for monitoring changing and potentially hazardous eruptive activity.



2011* - Ph.D. Geophysics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI                                                                                                              *Includes 2 years (2005-07) of Peace Corps Service (Guatemala)

2002 - M.S. Geology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID                                                                                                                 

1998 - B.S. Geology, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO      


Professional Experience

  • Research Geophysicist, Volcano Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (2016 – present)

  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, Volcano Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (Nov. 2012 – Feb. 2016)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto Geofísico – Escuela Politécnica, Ecuador (Sept. 2011 – Oct. 2012)

  • Research Scientist, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo (May 2011 – Sept. 2011)

Education and Certifications

  • PhD in geophysics: Michigan Technological University (2004 – 2011*)
         *Includes 27 months (2005-2007) of Peace Corps Service as part of Ph.D. study

  • MS in geology: University of Idaho (2002 – 2004)

  • BS (honors) in geology: Missouri State University (1998 – 2002)

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