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Marissa Mnich

Assistant Professor

Marissa Mnich
Marissa Mnich



Darwin 121

Office Hours

Mon: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


2019- Ph.D., Department of Geoscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2013-M.S., Department of Geoscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2010-B.S., Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Academic Interests

My research interests lie in the areas of volcanology and igneous petrology, primarily on basaltic systems.  I became interested in volcanology while spending a semester studying in Hawaii and I’ve been fascinated with basalts ever since.  My research has spanned a variety of volcanic systems, from the monogenetic Springerville Volcanic Field in Arizona to studying volatiles in Icelandic lavas.   I am particularly interested in integrating field data with geochemical and mineral data to gain understanding of the petrogenesis of basalts, from their mantle source through eruption.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Mnich, M.E. and Condit, C.D., 2018.  Basaltic magmatic mapping: A suggested methodology and resulting petrologic and volcanic hazard implications  from the Springerville Volcanic Field, East central Arizona.  Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 366, p. 58-73.


Mnich, Marissa E. and Condit, Christopher D., 2018.  Magmatic mapping: Providing the temporal link between lava flow chemistry, volume, petrogenesis and the mantle at the edge of the Colorado Plateau.  AGU Fall Meeting 2018, V53B-01.


Mnich, Marissa E. and Seaman, Sheila J., 2016.  Volatiles in nominally anhydrous minerals and melt inclusions in Iceland: Variations over space and time.  AGU Fall Meeting 2016, V31A-3087.


Mnich, M. E., Condit, C. D., 2013, The Vital Statistics for a Continental Monogenetic Volcanic Field: The Final Data for the Springerville Field, in East-central Arizona, Geological Society of America Northeast Section Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 1, Abstract No: 216167.


J.A. Jay, M. Welch, M.E. Pritchard, P.J. Mares, M.E. Mnich, A.K. Melkonian, F. Aguilera, J.A. Naranjo, M. Sunagua and J. Clavero, 2013.  Volcanic hotspots of the central and southern Andes as seen from space by ASTER and MODVOLC between the years 2000 and 2010. Geological Society of London Special Publication, 380.


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