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Jenni Hopkins

I love problem solving and seeing a project all the way through, I like the hidden twists that so often come up with new or unusual findings, and I love the variety that research brings.

30706 REC004Jenni studies volcanoes, specifically (long word warning) tephrochronology and geochemistry. The first long word is about using volcanic ash layers to piece together a story of eruptions over time, and the second long word is about using chemistry to figure out the “why” behind things like volcanic eruptions.

Jenni got interested in geography and chemistry at school with inspiring teachers, who cleverly used cake to represent rock types… who was she to say no?! She came to New Zealand to study volcanic ash from the Auckland Volcanic Field for her PhD and never left.

She’s on the hunt for volcanic ash deposits. To do her work she analyses sediment cores from the sea bed looking at the appearance of volcanic ash to figure out when the volcanoes erupted, and how - or if - they are linked to earthquakes.

This research is to test the hypothesis that volcanic eruption and earthquake frequency increases during rising sea level associated with climatic warming. Her work is important for understanding if there is a connection, and what that means for the future.

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