Dr. Christelle Wauthier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. She received a Masters Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Liege in Belgium as well as a Masters Degree in Volcanology from the University of Blaise-Pascal in France. Christelle completed her PhD in Engineering Sciences at the University of Liege and recently finished her work as a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow in Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Christelle is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.
Christelle’s research focuses on the study of natural hazards by means of remote-sensing and geophysical techniques. She wishes to better understand volcanic, magmatic and tectonic processes, their causality and the resulting magma-tectonic interactions in different geodynamic settings. Her work encompass a number of different topics. First, she is interested in active volcanic and seismic immature portions of the East African Rift System in its western branch. Second, she wishes to better define the magma-tectonic interactions and background deformation induced by rifting processes at Kilauea Volcano by integrating mainly geodetic and volcano-tectonic earthquakes (VTs) data. Third, she is studying the potential deformation that might affect the Colorado Plateau’s margins where quiescent volcanoes are located. A final area of study is the magmatic processes and magma-tectonic interactions at several active Central American Volcanoes such as Pacaya and Momotombo.