PTYS/LPL Postdocs

Pranabendu Moitra

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Planetary surfaces, Volcanology
Ph.D. Earth Science, 2015, Rice University

Kuiper 509E

Advisor(s): Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna

Numerical modeling of magma ascent during explosive volcanic eruptions, magma rheology, magma fragmentation, degassing and outgassing of magma: volatile cycling, cooling of lava/pyroclasts under subaerial and subaqueous conditions. Magma-water interaction and explosive volcanism on Earth and Mars. 

Sonder I, Harp A, Graettinger A, Moitra P, Valentine G A, Buttner R, Zimanowski B (2018), Meter-Scale Experiments on Magma-Water Interaction, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth123, 10597-10615, doi:10.1029/2018JB015682.

Moitra P, Sonder I, Valentine G A (2018), Effects of size and temperature-dependent thermal conductivity on the cooling of pyroclasts in air, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 9, 3623-3636, doi:10.1029/2018GC007510.

Moitra P, Gonnermann M H, Houghton B F, Tiwary C S (2018), Fragmentation and Plinian eruption of crystallizing basaltic magma, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 500, 97-104, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.08.003.

Moitra P, Gonnermann M H (2015), Effects of crystal shape- and size-modality on magma rheology. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, 1-26, doi:10.1002/2014GC005554.

Lee C T A, Morton D M, Farner M J and Moitra P (2015), Field and model constraints on silicic melt segregation by compaction/hindered settling: The role of water and its effect on latent heat release. American Mineralogist, 100, 1762-1777, doi:10.2138/am-2015-5121.

Moitra P, Gonnermann M H, Houghton F B, Giachetti T (2013), Relating vesicle shapes in pyroclasts to eruption styles. Bulletin of Volcanology, 75, 1-14, doi:10.1007/s00445-013-0691-8.

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