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
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.