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SRC graduates first PhD student
Oct.01.2008

 
PhD graduate Erouscilla Joseph and SRC supervisor Dr. Nicolas Fournier, collect gas samples from Dominica's Valley of Desolation.
 
 Dr. Joseph and SRC supervisor Dr. Nicolas Fournier at the graduation ceremony.
In 2001 the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) initiated a geothermal monitoring programme, as part of an integrated volcanic monitoring programme. The programme was established to geochemically characterize hydrothermal systems associated with volcanoes of the Lesser Antilles and to establish baseline levels of activity from which changes in volcanic activity can be detected. Erouscilla Joseph was intimately involved in the geothermal monitoring efforts and chose to conduct the research as a PhD project in 2003.
 
This was the basis for the SRC to officially launch an MPhil and PhD programme in Volcanology, registered under the administration of Centre. The title of the PhD thesis is “Geochemistry of Geothermal Systems in Saint Lucia and Dominica, Lesser Antilles: Implications for Volcanic Monitoring”. The results of geothermal monitoring in the islands of Saint Lucia and Dominica have successfully demonstrated that it is a valuable tool that can be utilized with other volcano monitoring techniques (seismicity and ground deformation). The information it provided has given insight into changes in temperature and mineralogy of hydrothermal fluids associated with volcanic systems that can provide scientists with precursory indicators of magmatic inputs.

 
In September 2008, Ms. Joseph was awarded a PhD in Volcanology by The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. This is the first degree of its kind to be awarded by the UWI and Ms Joseph is the first PhD student to graduate from the Seismic Research Centre.