Ingrid Ukstins

Associate Professor
Department: 
Earth and Environmental Sciences
College: 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University: 
The University of Iowa
STEM Area of Research: 
Environmental Science
Education: 
BA, Mount Holyoke College
MSc, University of California, Davis
PhD, Royal Holloway University of London
Phone: 
(319) 335-1824
Office: 
237 TH
Research Interests: 
Volcanology, Igneous Petrology, Planetary Geology

My research involves utilizinging a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding explosive volcanic systems - magma petrogenesis, eruption and emplacement mechanisms of both mafic and silicic pyroclastic deposits, and the holistic interpretation of volcanic stratigraphic sequences containing effusive, explosive and reworked volcanic material.

I am also involved in planetary geology projects: (i) the application of remotely operated vehicles (rovers) for studying the geology of other planets, and specifically in evaluating the efficacy of geologic interpretation based on rover-collected data; and (ii) utilizing Earth-based analogues to understand planetary processes, such as mechanisms of formation for Martian 'blueberries' or the environmental conditions on early Mars and the potential for life.

Details of some current research projects can be found on my Research page.  If you are interested in doing a research project with me in any area of volcanology or planetary geology, feel free to send me an e-mail to discuss possibilities.