Volcanologist Diana Roman is interested in the mechanics of how magma moves through the Earth’s crust, and in the structure, evolution, and dynamics of volcanic conduit systems. Her ultimate goal is to understand the likelihood and timing of volcanic eruptions.
Most of Roman’s research focuses on understanding changes in seismicity and stress in response to the migration of magma through volcanic conduits, and on developing techniques and strategies for monitoring active or restless volcanoes through the analysis of high-frequency volcanic seismicity.
Roman is also interested in understanding the seismicity at quiet volcanoes, tectonic and hidden volcanic microearthquake swarms, and the nature of failed eruptions. As an offshoot of earlier research on volcanic glass compositions, she also works on the Dikika Research Project in Ethiopia, and was involved in establishing the geological context and age of the 3.3 Ma juvenile A. Afarensis fossil, “Selam.”
Roman received her B.S. in applied economics from Cornell University, and both her M.S. and Ph. D. in geology from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Carnegie staff in 2011, Roman was as assistant professor at the University of South Florida. For more see http://www.dtm.ciw.edu/people/diana-c-roman