Elizabeth Johnson

 

Professor, Geochemistry; Research Associate, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Year Started at JMU: 2006
johns2ea@jmu.edu
Contact Info
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/elizabethjohnsongeology/

Research Description
  • Field and geochemical studies of unexpectedly young volcanic rocks in western Virginia to understand the crust and mantle underneath the Shenandoah Valley and the passive margin of the eastern US.
  • The role of water in triggering and driving volcanic eruptions, including the super-eruptions at Yellowstone and Long Valley, CA.
  • Creation of open educational resources for laboratory science and assessment of the effects of these online resources on student learning, attitude, and confidence.
Courses
  • GEOL 104: Geology of Skyline Drive
  • GEOL 110: Physical Geology
  • GEOL 115: Earth Systems, Cycles, and Human Impacts
  • GEOL 291: Writing and Communicating in the Geosciences
  • GEOL 300: Introduction to Petrology
  • GEOL 390: Laboratory Techniques in Geology
Education
  • PhD in Geochemistry, 2003, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • MS in Geochemistry, 1999, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • BA in Geology, 1997, Rice University, Houston, TX
Select Publications
  • Mazza, S., Gazel, E., Bizimis, M., Moucha, R., Béguilin, P., Johnson, E.A, McAleer, R., and Sobolev, A. (2019) Sampling the Volatile Rich Transition Zone beneath Bermuda. Nature, 569, 398-403.
  • Mazza, S., Gazel, E., Johnson, E.A., McAleer, R., Kunk, M., Spotila, J., Bizimis, M. and Coleman, D. (2014) Volcanoes of the passive margin: the youngest magmatic event in Eastern North America. Geology, 42, 483-486.
  • Johnson, E.A. and Rossman, G.R. (2013) The diffusion behavior of hydrogen in plagioclase feldspar at 800-1000 C: Implications for re-equilibration of OH in volcanic phenocrysts. American Mineralogist, 98, 1779-1787.

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