Tehnuka Ilanko’s research focuses on Mt Erebus Volcano. Mt Erebus lava lake provides a stable window into a convecting magma system which extends from the lake down to the magma chamber. My project will investigate degassing at the lava lake, and how this links to conduit magma flow and eruption styles. Open-path FTIR spectroscopy, measuring gas emissions from the Erebus plume, will be combined with theoretical modelling to give an insight into the causes of transitions from passive to violent degassing.
Working on: Mt Erebus,Antarctica