Patrick Phelps

B.S. Geology & Physics, The University of Tulsa-2017

4th year PhD student, Rice University-Present (2020)

When I was about 5 years old, my brother gave me a rock. It wasn’t very pretty, all crumbly and grey. It didn’t have any shiny gems or fancy swirls. It was a black, sharp rock…but it came from a volcano. Since then (and probably before that, too), I have been fascinated by the Earth and the mysteries that make it up.

I am an igneous petrologist by training who has been making headway into the volcanological world as well. I use my physics background to answer geological questions pertaining to crystal growth, magma chamber dynamics, and any other observation I don’t understand fully.

Clouds overhead out in the field near the Santa Rosa Mountains, CA
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