Philipp’s CV

updated May 2013


My favorite things to do besides working on volcanoes and the rocks that they bring to the surface is traveling and getting out into nature. Now in New York that makes it sometimes difficult, but still you can find great places to go hiking or climbing here in the area.


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About Me


Arenal volcano at sunrise                       shapeimage_6_link_0
Arenal volcanoshapeimage_7_link_0
Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainiershapeimage_8_link_0


Research Interests

  1. Magma chamber dynamics and magma ascent processes

  2. Large-scale geodynamic crustal processes

  3. Time scales in magmatic system: Short-lived isotope and elemental diffusion techniques

  4. Crystal zoning: Textures and geochemical tracers

  5. Physical processes in magmas: Numerical simulations


2009 - Ph.D (Geological Sciences) University of Washington, USA

2004 - Diplom (Geo-Sciences) Universität Göttingen, Germany

2002 - Education Abroad Program, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

2001 - B.Sc. (Geo-Sciences) Universität Göttingen, Germany

Professional Experience

2012                 Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth   

                            Observatory of Columbia University

2009-2012        Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth   

                             Observatory of Columbia University

2004-2009        Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Washington

2004                 Intern, Mobil Erdgas Erdöl GmbH (ExxonMobil branch),

                            Germany (3 months)

2000                 Intern, Instituto Geología Economica y Aplicada, Chile (2


Some Vita-highlights:

Academic Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

  1. Feodor-Lynen Post-doctoral Fellowship, Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation, 2010-2012

  2. David A. Johnston Award For Academic Excellence ($6,116), Graduate Student Award, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, 2008

  3. Joseph A. Vance Endowed Fellowship, University of Washington, 2006, 2007, 2008

  4. Graduate Student Research Support Fund ($6,000 for proposal), 2005-07

  5. Chevron Graduate Support Scholarship ($2,000), 2007

  6. Education Abroad Program scholarship of the University of California, Los Angeles, 2001-2002


  1. Active reviewer for many of the peer-reviewed scientific journals in Volcanology, Geochemisty and Petrology

  2. Active reviewer for the U.S. National Science Foundation

  3. Session convener at international conferences (AGU, Goldschmidt)

  4. Author of a fully funded Student Technology Fund proposal, University of Washington, $46,212 for a new rock grinding facility at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Invited Talks/Seminars

(1) “ Mantle signals in arc olivines” or “The Highway from Hell: Mafic recharge and its role in volcanic eruptions at stratovolcanoes”

American Museum of Natural History, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (05/2013), University of Arizona (02/2013), Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego (02/2013), Boise State University (11/2012), Princeton University (10/2012), Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (09/2012), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (05/2012), University of Rhode Island, GSO (04/2012),  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geodynamics Seminar (01/2012)

(2) “The Effects of Magma Mixing on Crystal Residence Time Scales and Eruptive Behavior - The 1846/47 and 1932 eruptions at Volcán Quizapu, Chile”:

Free University Berlin, Germany (04/2011); Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technical University (01/2011); Brown University, Department of Geological Sciences (10/2010); IFM-Geomar, University of Kiel, Germany (04/2010); University of Göttingen, Germany (04/2010); University of Papua New Guinea (04/2010); American Museum of Natural History, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (01/2010)

(3) “Zapping through the last weeks of a crystal’s life - Mixing - Ascent – Eruption”:

GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (04/2011); Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geochemistry Seminar (03/2011); GeorgiaTech, Geophysics Seminar (11/2010)

(4) “Explosive-effusive transitions in volcanic eruptions”

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geodynamics Seminar (12/2009)

(5) “Are long-lived stratovolcanoes low-pass filters for magma transport?”

Keynote Goldschmidt Conference 2013 (Florence, Italy)

(6) “Assembly and evolution of crustal magma systems: Long-lived magma chambers and short-term processes”

University of Arizona (02/2013)

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (Germany), Geologische Vereinigung (Germany), European Association of Geochemistry, International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior

Columbia River Basaltshapeimage_9_link_0
Mt. Baker, Washingtonshapeimage_10_link_0
Mt. St. Helens crater, Washingtonshapeimage_12_link_0