Assistant Professor of Igneous and Metamorphic Processes 

Contact InformationMadison

Office: TRAP 105

Phone: TBA




Office Hours

 Fall 2018: TR 11-12pm



Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Oregon, 2017

M.S., Geology, University of Idaho, 2012

B.S., Geology, University of New Hampshire, 2010

Courses Taught

 GEO 302 - Mineralogy & Optical Mineral

Research Interests

My research seeks to reconstruct the storage conditions, magma evolution, and decompression history of volcanic products in order to infer the mechanisms that triggered the eruptive behavior. The ultimate goal is to create a conceptual model of the inner plumbing system that can be linked with geophysical and numerical models to answer the following questions:

  • What finally triggers an eruption, and over what time periods did the eruption evolve?
  • How do we define a volcanic episode in the geologic record, and how do we recognize time gaps on the order of days, weeks or months in these deposits (i.e. speedometers)?
  • Is there a connection between triggering mechanisms and the eruptive products, as well as the pre-eruptive indicators (gas emission, seismic swarms)?

To answer these questions my research combines aspects of field volcanology, petrologic and textural study, geochemical analysis and diffusion modeling.

Graduate Students

I am currently accepting a PhD student in the field of volcanology and petrology for Fall 2018. All interested applicants are asked to email me with a statement of their relevant course and research experience (1 page resume) and a brief summary of their professional interests.

Selected Publications

Swallow, E.J. Wilson, C.J.N., Myers, M.L., Wallace, P.J. (resubmitted, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology) Evacuation of multiple magma bodies and the onset of caldera collapse in a supereruption, captured in glass and mineral chemistries

Myers, M.L., Wallace, P.J., Wilson, C.J.N., Walkins, J., Liu, Y., Morgan, D. (accepted, American Mineralogist) Ascent rates of rhyolitic magma during the opening stages of explosive caldera-forming eruptions

Miller, S. A., Myers, M., Fahnestock, M. F., Bryce, J. G., & Blichert-Toft, J. (2017). Magma dynamics of ancient Mt. Etna inferred from clinopyroxene isotopic and trace element systematics. Geochemical Perspective Letters4, 47-52.

Myers, M.L., Wallace, P.J., Wilson, C.J.N., Morter, B.K. and Swallow, E.J. (2016) Prolonged ascent and episodic venting of discrete magma batches at the onset of the Huckleberry Ridge supereruption, Yellowstone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 451, 285-297.

Myers, M.L., Geist, D.J., Rowe, M.C., Harpp, K.S., Wallace, P.J., and Dufek, J. (2014) Replenishment of volatile-rich mafic magma into a degassed chamber drives mixing and eruption of Tungurahua volcano. Bulletin of Volcanology, 76 (11), 1-17.