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Faculty and Researchers

Vilory Bakhtiarov Vilory Bakhtiarov examines crutal deformation through GPS at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Far Eastern Branch.
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Dr. Marina Belousova Marina Belousova is senior researcher at Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Kamchatka studying pyroclastic stratigraphy. Research Website
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Dr. Alexander Belousov Alexander Belousov is senior researcher at Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics in Sakhalin studying explosive eruptions and their products. Research Website
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Dr. John Eichelberger John Eichelberger was a professor of volcanology and igneous petrology at UAF where he is now the Dean of the Graduate School. He has been working towards a Russian-American volcanological partnership since he developed the volcanological field school that visits Alaska and Kamchatka annually. Research Website John Eicheleberger by Shipman
Dr. Jeff Freymueller Jeff Freymueller is a Professor of Geophysics at UAF. He uses GPS to study the crustal deformation caused by volcanic and seismic activity. Research Website
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Dr. Evgenii Gordeev Evgenii Gordeev is the director of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Kamchatka. He primarily studies seismology. Research Website
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Max Kaufman Max is an employee of the Geophysical Institute at UAF within the crustal deformation group. He has been primarily responsible for coordinating with Russian researchers with regards to the installation of GPS equipment in Kamchatka.
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Dr. Pavel Izbekov Pavel Izbekov is a research associate at the UAF studying igneous petrology and physical volcanology. Research Website
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Dr. Steve Malone Professor of Seismology at the University of Washington. Research Website
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Dr. Alexey Ozerov Alexey Ozerov is senior researcher at Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Kamchatka working in petrology, physical volcanology and seismology. He is currently building a working model of a volcano. Research Website
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Dr. John Pallister Petrologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington.
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Slava Pilipenko Slava is the head of the GPS observation crew at the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Geophysical Service.
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Sergey Senyukov Sergey Senyukov is head of the Research Laboratory of Seismic and Volcanic Activity with KBGS.
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Alexander Sokorenko Alexander is a professional photographer at the Kamchatka Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. He has been recording the work of the PIRE team.
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Sergei Syerovetneekov Sergei also works for the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Geophysical Service, he is the principal engineer of the GPS observation crew.
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Sergey Ushakov Sergey Ushakov works with the Institute of Volcanalogy and Seismology in Kamchatka and KVERT. Research Website
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Dr. Mike West Mike West is a professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where he studies seismology. Research Website
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Ilyas Abkadyrov Ilyas is an undergraduate at Kamchatka State Univrsity where he is studying geophysics.
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Leslie Almberg Leslie is beginning the fourth year of her PhD at UAF (although she has been there for six years) where she studies volcanology and igneous petrology with Professor Jessica Larsen. In addition to her scientific interests, she is also involved in outreach programs and furthering international relations.
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Geoffroy Avard Geoffroy does petrology and studies the viscosities of lavas at The University of Missouri, Columbia. He is entering his third year.
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Yury Bukatov Yury is an undergraduate at Kamchatka State University where he is studying geology and geophysics.
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Helena Buurman Helena is in her second year of study at UAF working with Dr Mike West towards a Masters degree in volcano seismology. She will be part of the team installing seismic stations around Bezymianny and working with the seismic data once it has been collected.
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Adam Carter Adam is currently a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh where he is studying the use of thermal imaging (FLIR) in volcanology. Research Website
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Tim Clark Tim is starting his second year of the Masters program in Geography at the University of Maryland. He is interested in satellite remote sensing detection of volcanic aerosols and ash in the infrared.
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Emily Gottesfeld Emily is studying physical volcanology with Professor Kathy Cashman at the University of Oregon. She will be measuring the porosity and permeability of pyroclastic material from Bezymianny.
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Maxim Gavrilenko Max is currently working towards his PhD in petrology at the Moscow State University with Professor Alexei Ozerov. He will be conducting petrological experiments on Bezymianny products both at the University of Fairbanks with John Eichelberger and at Moscow State.
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Gwyneth Hughes Gwyneth participated in the PIRE project in 2006-2007 and helped to install GPS equipment on Bezymianny. She received her PhD at Stanford University where she working on projects with Gail Mahood and Paul Segall.
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Theresa Kayzar Theresa is currently a third year graduate student at the University of Washington where she is working on Pinatubo geochemistry. She will be doing U-series geochemistry to analyze the volcanic products of Bezymianny.
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Taryn Lopez Taryn is studying volcanic gas chemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Specifically, she is studying the SO2 emissions at Bezymianny and Fourpeaked volcanoes.
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Oksana Krivomazova Oksana is in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree in Geology at Kamchatka State University. She is specifically interested in physical volcanology.
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Alex Nikulin Alex is a graduate student at Rutgers University, currently in his second year of a PhD study. Currently involved in research dealing with seismic investigation of subduction zone structure. In the PIRE project, he worked in the seismic network installation. He is currently processing and analyzing prior seismic data in order to determine the seismic structure of Bezymianny.
Anton Nuzhdayev Anton is an undergraduate study in Geology at Kamchatka State University.
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Shellie Rose Shellie is a PhD student in Remote Sensing and Volcanology at the University of Pittsburgh. Research Website
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Vasily Shcherbakov Vasily is a student at Moscow State University studying petrology. He is in his fifth year and is currently examining hornblendes from Bezymianny with experimental petrology.
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Jill Shipman Jill will be beginning her third year at UAF where she is working with Professors John Eichelberger and Jeff Freymueller. She has been involved with this project since its inception and will be doing both experimental petrology and geodetic analysis related to Bezymianny for her PhD.
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Wendy Stovall Wendy was a PIRE participant in 2006 and analyzed the vesicularity of the blast deposits from 1956. She received her PhD in physical volcanology from the University of Hawaii in 2009. She currently works at the USGS Volcano Science Center.
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Wes Thelen Wes participated in PIRE from 2006 to 2007 and compared seismicity from Bezymianny with that of Mount St. Helens. Wes received his PhD in seismology from the University of Washington where he worked with Steve Malone. He currently workes for the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Research Website
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Alexandra Tsay Sasha is studying petrology at Moscow State University. She is in her fourth year and is currently studying deposits from the 1956 Bezyianny eruption.
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Saskia van Manen Saskia studies precursory signals of volcanic eruptions at The Open University in the U.K.
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Rustem Zagredinoff Rustem is in his 5th year at Kazan state University in the Department of Geodesy. During the past summer, he had an internship at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Kamchatka.
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Katya Gnitieva Katya is currently a graduate student at Kamchatka State Technical University studying geoacoustics. In addition, she teaches differential equations and informatics to undergraduates at the university. She cooked for the PIRE GPS team this summer.
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Arkadii Groshev Arkadii is currently an architecture student and worked as a cook this summer.
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Yevrashka The Yevrashke live happily on the slopes of Bezymianny, with the exception of the occasional bear sighting. They are a constant source of entertainment.
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