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EKU Geologist Shares Expertise on Italian Volcanology at Invited Lectures

Workshop participants exploring volcanic rocks in Pantelleria, Italy

EKU geology professor Dr. John White was invited to Pantelleria, Italy to present his research on volcanism in Pantelleria. The four-day workshop, hosted by the Italian Association of Volcanology, attracted scientists from Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States who were eager to learn more about the origin and evolution of magmas and volcanic rocks in the Strait of Sicily Rift Zone.  Dr. White has been actively involved in the Strait of Sicily region for over a decade, publishing his first peer-reviewed work on the island in 2005.  Dr. White’s close association with Italian scientists has also provided learning opportunities for students in the Department of Geography & Geology; in Summer 2013, he taught a KIIS course on ancient flooding in Italy, and in Fall 2013, he traveled with geology alumnus Mitchell May (’13) to Linosa to do additional volcanic research.  Dr. White will be teaching two courses as part of Study Abroad this Spring – Urban Geology and Regional Geography of the Mediterranean Basin – which will include a mandatory summer field experience in Italy.

Published on October 07, 2014

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