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Professor, Geochemistry; JMU Mineral Museum Collections Curator
Year Started at JMU: 2006
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.
  • GEOL 104: Geology of Skyline Drive
  • GEOL 110: Physical Geology
  • GEOL 115: Earth Systems and Climate Change
  • GEOL 115L: Earth Systems and Climate Change Laboratory
  • GEOL 291: Writing and Communicating in the Geosciences
  • GEOL 300: Introduction to Petrology
  • GEOL 390: Laboratory Techniques in Geology
  • 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
  • Long, M., Wagner, L., King, S.D., Evans, R.L., Mazza, S.E., Byrnes, J.S., Johnson, E.A., Kirby, E., Bezada, M., Gazel, E., Miller, S.R., Aragon, J.C., and Liu, S. (2021) Evaluating models for lithospheric loss and intraplate volcanism beneath the Central Appalachian Mountains.  Journal of Geophysical Research. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022571. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JB022571 
  • 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.

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