Prof. Dr. Jonathan Castro

EDUCATION:

1999: Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Advisors: Dr. Katharine V. Cashman, Dr. Michael Manga

1993: B.S., Geological Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Dr. John D. Longshore

CERTIFICATIONS:

2009-present: Licensed Professional Geologist (CA) no. 8635

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

• Volcanic Hazards
• Eruption histories of volcanoes in the Americas and Central Europe
• Experimental volcanology and petrology
• Lava flow kinematics and dynamics

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2011-present
Professor of Volcanology: Institute of Geosciences, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
Core responsibility: Course instruction in Volcanology and Petrology, Experimental, field, and analytical research in volcano petrology and geochemistry

2009-2011
Senior Lecturer: School of Geosciences, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Core responsibility: Teach courses on introductory geology, volcanology and geochemistry

2008-2009
Research Scientist: Institute of Earth Sciences, CNRS, Orelàns, France
Core responsibility: Set up and manage a micro-X-Ray tomography laboratory

2005-2008
Research Geologist: Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Core Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork on active volcanoes; Support objectives of the Global Volcanism Project; Perform experimental research on crystal growth in high-silica melts

2004-2005
Research Fellow: Department of Earth and Environment, University of Munich, Munich Germany
Core responsibility: Measure viscosity and heat capacity of natural high-Si melts

2000-2004
Assistant Professor: Geology Department, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Core responsibility: Teach Geochemical Thermodynamics, Volcanology, Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and General Geology; Advise undergraduate research students

1999-2000
Visiting Assistant Professor: Department of Geology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Core responsibility: Teach Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and General Geology

1993-1999
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant: Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Core responsibility: Teach Summer Field Camp; Lab sections for Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and General Geology

1995-1999
Earthen Building Contractor: ELT & Associates, Eugene, OR

1991-1993
Laborer: Redwood Community Action Agency, Arcata, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2008 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany
2005 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Fellowship, Germany
2005 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Germany
2002 William Keck Foundation Award for Achievement in Natural Science Research
1996 Geological Society of America Research Award
1995 Sigma Xi Society Research Award

COMPETITIVE GRANTS:

2008-Present:
National Science Foundation-EAR0810332: Cone-forming explosive eruptions of basalt magma: Etna, Kilauea, Stromboli. P.I.: Bruce Houghton; Helge Gonnermann; Jonathan Castro (collaborator).
2008-Present:
LBNL-Advanced Light Source beam time grant: Analysis of Hydrogen and Carbon-bearing Species in Pumice with Synchrotron FTIR. Beam time allocation: 8 shifts.
2008-Present:
Collections improvement grant, Smithsonian Institution: Preservation of the Global Volcanism Program Eruption Film Archive. Amount: $7000. Jonathan Castro (P.I.)
2008-Present:
Latino Studies Program, Smithsonian Institution: Preservation of rare volcanic eruption film footage from Latin American Volcanoes. Amount: $10,000. Jonathan Castro (P.I.)
2007-Present:
USS Endowment Grant, Smithsonian Insititution: An experimental study of magma storage conditions beneath Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador. Amount: $33,300. Jonathan Castro (P.I.)
2005-Present:
USS Endowment Grant, Smithsonian Insititution: Unraveling the mystery of explosive eruptions at Kilauea Volcano. Amount: $37,000. Jonathan Castro (P.I.)
2005-2007:
LBNL-Advanced Light Source beam time grant: Measurement of H2O concentration gradients around crystals in obsidian. Beam time allocation: 12 shifts
2004-2005:
LBNL-Advanced Light Source beam time grant: Measurement of H2O concentrations around vesicles in obsidian: Beam time allocation: 8 shifts.
2001-2004:
National Science Foundation-CCLI-0087895: Enhancing discovery based learning: applications of a low-vacuum scanning electron microscope to undergraduate research experiences. Amount: $100,000. Jonathan Castro (P.I.) 2001-2004
1998-1999: National Science Foundation-EAR-9805305: Obsidian Flow Emplacement. Amount: $32,931. Michael Manga (P.I.), Primary author: Jonathan Castro. 1998-1999.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Chairperson, AGU Program Committee Member- VGP Section

Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, American Mineralogist, Journal of Structural Geology, Geophysical Research Letters, Bulletin of Volcanology, Nature Geoscience

Member of American Geophysical Union (1996-present)

CURRENT FIELD AREAS:

Lipari, Vulcano, Italy
Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.
Cotopaxi, Quilotoa and Tugurahua Volcanoes, Ecuador
Chaitén, Cordón Caulle, and Lascar Volcanoes, Chile
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Santorini, Greece
Krafla, Iceland
Lassen Peak, U.S.A.

COLLABORATORS

Dr. Sebastian Mueller (University of Mainz)
Dr. Christoph Helo (University of Mainz)
Dr. Jim Gardner (University of Texas-Austin)
Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell (Smithsonian Institution)
Dr. Michael Manga (University of California Berkeley)
Dr. Donald B. Dingwell (University of Munich)
Dr. Pierre Beck (University of Grenoble)
Dr. Ivan Savov (University of Leeds)
Dr. Hugh Tuffen (Lancaster University)
Dr. C. Ian Schipper (Victoria University at Wellington)
Dr. Michael C. Martin (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Advanced Light Source)
Dr. Mark Tobin (Australian Synchrotron)

Contact:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jonathan Castro
WG Leader Volcanology 
Room 03-165
Tel: +49(0)6131-39-24146
Fax: +49(0)6131-39-23070 
 


Address:

Institute of Geosciences
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
J.-J.-Becher-Weg 21
D-55128 Mainz
Germany

Directions

Postal Address:

JGU Mainz
D-55099 Mainz 
Germany


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