Dept. of Earth and
Lane Hall, Room 008
Medford, MA 02155
Petrology and Mineralogy
B.S. 2004 University of Michigan
Ph.D. 2011 Columbia University
Prof. VanTongeren studies the processes that modify magmas deep in the crust prior
to their eruption at the surface. She works on magma emplacement and evolution in
both the oceanic and the continental crust. She has performed field work at spectacular
geologic locations across the world, including the Dry Valleys of Antarctica,
the Central Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Oman ophiolite, and the Bushveld Complex in South Africa.
Her current research includes work in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the
Ferrar Dolerites in Antarctica, and she is starting a new project in the high mountains
of Costa Rica.