Dominican, Ophelia George, receives graduate fellowship award

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.

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  1. Fire from Zion
    September 4, 2013

    Congrats empress. Keep rep…ing us.

  2. Richards
    September 4, 2013

    Congrats and a thousand thanks to you for making Dominica proud.

  3. Richards
    September 4, 2013

    Congrats and a thanks to you for making Dominica proud.

  4. Richards
    September 4, 2013

    Congrats and thanks you for making Dominica proud.

  5. Oh yes
    September 3, 2013

    Very interesting. All the best to you.

  6. dale nibbs
    September 3, 2013

    congrats to the young lady .bvi post

  7. Anonymous
    September 3, 2013

    Very impressive – u go girl

  8. hope
    September 3, 2013

    :-D Oh, how I love to see my people succeed … keep soaring.

  9. "O" STRESS"
    September 3, 2013

    Congratulations!!!! are in order for our sister with brains. Good luck going forward.

  10. me
    September 3, 2013

    you go girl…..congratulations

  11. September 3, 2013

    proude of you lady Dominica pride

  12. me
    September 3, 2013

    dominica grammer school class of 1999 one is press secretary ophelia doign great for herself i myself am a british army royal engineer and speacial forces operator where the rest of our class what we doing ?

  13. proud teacher
    September 3, 2013

    Taught this young lady at DGS. I’m not surprised..she was focused, intelligent and a very well-rounded student.

  14. marcellus
    September 3, 2013

    Congrats Ophelia

  15. Pedro
    September 3, 2013

    The recognition of excellence among our students will produce high achievers.

  16. concerned
    September 3, 2013

    Congratulations Ophelia!

  17. Proud Woman
    September 3, 2013

    Congratulations!! Very proud of you, we need people like u in the region, given our volcanic nature. Its a pity, they cannot pay you. But God is good you will succeed and give the region some probono analysis of our situation. God Bless u in your studies.

  18. dayandnightvision
    September 3, 2013

    Way to go Newtown Primary School Thanks Ophelia for acknowledging Newtown Primary

  19. Nestyy
    September 3, 2013

    I do not know her but CONGRATS! Education is key and it is always good hearing about those who seek to further themselves rather than just bring down our fellow Dominicans!

    We have to do for ourselves! Learn that people! Whether she return to Dominica or contribute from wherever she is based…

  20. Sylvester Cadette
    September 3, 2013

    WOW! I just love to hear of Dominican successes. CONGRATS! Students – take a leaf. In fact all of us – strive for maximum realization of potential.


  21. September 3, 2013

    Proud Dominican. Congrats and continue to excell.

  22. None
    September 3, 2013


  23. Zicack Girl
    September 3, 2013

    Yep, good news!!! That makes me proud to be Dominican. Congratulations my dear and good luck in all you do. May you be an example to the younger generation.

  24. nail it
    September 3, 2013

    the point is she stands as an encouragement to the younger generation congrats

  25. KISAA
    September 3, 2013

    well done girl,is this vickys daughter

  26. possie
    September 3, 2013

    congrats to her!!

  27. Lil Blue
    September 3, 2013

    So? They never come back to Dominica
    Daa what is the point of the story stupesdd

    • Lil Blue Vex?
      September 3, 2013

      She was in Dominica a few weeks ago continuing her research lil bag of sour grapes!!

    • gretta h
      September 3, 2013

      relax padna.
      and take it easy. She was here doing a three week research just two months ago, and she did the entire coast of d/ca. She is not one to go to marpin and sat and dbs and chronicle. Relax padna, and just take it easy

    • Ahem
      September 3, 2013

      Lil Blue, you seem a bit disgruntled?! Don’t take it out on this young woman’s success. After (more like IF) you achieve A QUARTER of what she has, feel free to make your mouth big. In the meantime, shut up and give jack his jacket.

    • Runawayslave
      September 4, 2013

      Lil blue,you got what you want;attention,and you make youself a big joke.also stop that stupid tecnique of using name that will indicate some other group.

  28. bougla
    September 3, 2013


  29. Observer
    September 3, 2013

    Good news. COngrats

  30. sweet...
    September 3, 2013

    Such a hard worker!!! Congrats Ophelia!!!

  31. gwaj
    September 3, 2013

    Congrats to the young lady. Sounds like a very challenging field!

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