Kristen Lewis

Studying towards a PhD in Geological Sciences

Location: Michigan, USA
Country of origin: USA
Kristen Lewis

My research involves the quantification of the volatile budget for Melanesian volcanoes by analysis of naturally glassy melt inclusions from early crystallizing phases.  Melt inclusions are pockets of melt trapped during crystallization that can be used to reconstruct magmatic conditions of entrapment.  I will be using a variety of analytical techniques (EMP, LA-ICP-MS, FTIR, and Raman) to determine the composition of melt inclusions in order to ascertain the volatile budget, source composition, melting processes and extraction.

Research Interests

Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry

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Academic History

BSc in Geology- Michigan Technological University, MSc in Geology- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


Lewis, K. R., Ustunisik, G. K., & Nielsen, R. L. (2021). Experimental Constraints on Homogenization of Plagioclase-Hosted Melt Inclusions From Plagioclase Ultraphyric Basalts. Front. Earth Sci8, 584371.