Volcán de Colima, Mexico

Student opportunities at Volcán de Colima, Mexico

Additional enthusiastic students required to assist with research and monitoring at Volcán de Colima, Mexico. The minimum period is usually 2 months, but those who can stay longer have priority. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in various projects covering a variety of aspects, one major goal being a dynamic model to explain the volcano´s behavior. Time will be spent assisting with field and lab work, including: routine collection of thermal and gas data, water samples, maintenance of installed sensors, development of new systems, geophysical surveys etc. Analysis will be carried out of a variety of data types. Applicants should have or be working towards a degree in geology or a related earth science with some field experience. Geophysicists or physicists are also welcome. Some knowledge of Spanish would be useful, and a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for hiking at altitude. There is a particular demand for applicants with some programming experience, principally Matlab. There may be the possibility to visit some of Mexico´s other active volcanoes for other projects.

This is an excellent opportunity to obtain experience working on an active volcano and to use various field, laboratory and analysis techniques. It could be of great benefit to someone waiting to enter graduate studies in volcanology. No salary can be paid, but cheap accommodation is available. Colima is a great place to spend a few months. If interested please email Dr. Nick Varley, Centre of Exchange and Research in Volcanology, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Colima at nick@ucol.mx.