Ophelia George

Ophelia George

Tectonic plates, magmatic processes, deep seismicity are probably words you won’t run into in every day conversations.

They might appear foriegn to the ordinary person but not to Dominican, Ophelia George, who was one of the recipients of a 2013 graduate fellowship award from COCONet.

COCONet by itself is quite a mouthful. It stands for The Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network project. It is funded by the National Science Foundation as a Collaborative Research project between University Navstar Consortium (UNAVCO) and the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

The COCONet Graduate Fellowships support students undertaking high impact research and graduate-level training in the Earth sciences in the Caribbean region where there is a significant need for more expertise and study to meet immediate concerns and provide longer-term benefits to the COCONet community.

George, originally from Fortune, is a doctoral graduate student in geology at the University of South Florida with a focus on volcanological exploration and geophysics.

The award will assist her in her doctoral research which is focused on changes in plate tectonics affecting volcanism in the Lesser Antilles over the past 40 million years. This will allow her to generate a new hazards map for the island arc polygenetic volcanic system, according to a release for COCONet.

George has an impressive academic record in earth sciences. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from the Florida International University with a concentration in geochemistry and stratigraphy (branch of geology concerned with the order and relative position of strata and their relationship to the geological time scale).

She went on to obtain a Master of Science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in Geophysics. There she studied deep (30 km and greater) low frequency events beneath arc volcanoes in Kamchatka and Alaska and wrote a thesis named, “Relating deep magmatic processes to eruptive behavior at arc volcanoes through an analysis of deep seismicity.”

At the University of Fairbanks she worked as a research assistant in “Volcano Seismology” at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Presently at the University of Florida, her PHD studies will emphasize the evolution of Caribbean volcanism throughout the history of the arc as well as take a closer look at the process of melt segregation in the earth’s lower crust, according to her website.

George has also been active in the field and has conducted seismological studies on active volcanoes in the Northern Pacific and assisted with the maintenance of campaign seismometers on Bezymianny Volcano, Kamchatka, among others.

She has also made numerous conference presentations on several topics ranging from magmatic processes to deep seismicity.

George has a publication in progress (together with another scienctist) named, “Unraveling the relationship between deep crustal seismicity and eruptive activity at arc volcanoes.”

She attended the Newtown Primary School and the Dominica Grammar School.

Her parents are Victoria Matthew and Hillary George.

George is currently in Amsterdam doing research and study in her field.