Tuesday, November 29, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things

Lunch time blogging!
I get sucked into my work sometimes and it's hard to break that. So I
am sitting outside! A nice break!

I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce a few of my
favorite things!

I started my career as a geology undergrad in classical geology. I
loved it! The classes were awesome, and there were field trips! My
senior thesis is on volcano infrasound, and my last year of undergrad
I was introduced to geophysics. LOVED IT! I took an applied geophysics
class and we used GPR, active source seismic, and looked at magnetic
surveys... it was amazingly fun!

I took a year off to work between undergrad and grad school (mostly
because I needed to sleep after the insanity of trying to finish my

Off I went to grad school in geophysics and loved that too. My
master's degree is in global seismology. While I love geophysics, what
I really love is processes. I like using the geophysics to get at what
is really going on. I was thankful for my strong geology background
and still rely on it as a way to ground truth results. "Does this make
sense with what I know?" Is something I ask myself all the time.

Now I am back in infrasound! I couldn't be happier! Hunting signals
from a variety of different processes and trying to learn something
about them? What could be more enjoyable!?

But this couldn't be a blog post about my favorite things without the
word VOLCANOES in huge letters. I love volcanoes. I really do. I think
they are amazingly complex creatures with distinct personalities and I
love meeting new ones!

That's all folks for today!
I have an email address set up for the blog now so email away!
isoundhuntress (at) gmail (dot) com
also follow me on twitter @iSoundHuntress

Also my lab has a new online presence so also follow @isoundhunter and
like the facebook page, and we can all be reached at isoundhunter (at)
gmail (dot) com the website is still in the works!

It's crunch time for AGU (I'm not personally going though) so things
are a little busy around here but I will try and be better about this
blog than I was about my last one!

P.S. I know I over use "!" I just get so excited! You will have to
excuse the bad habit.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Some good advice

My husband passed on this pearl of wisdom from an old Chem prof he worked for one summer...

"Whenever you start at a new lab offer to clean! Chances are it needs it and then you will know where everything is."
Are real labs ever this clean!? Random internet photo

I took that to heart and over the last few weeks the lab is looking better and now I can find things! Now I am moving onto the digital files. Everyone has their own copies of the forms we use on their own computers but we don't have blank copies kept in one central location. Time to fix that!

Also I am going to teach myself LaTex and make some templates. (see positive thinking! I bet whats going to happen is I get frustrated and have to call friends for help! )

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Field Work!

I thought I would introduce some of the field work I did while in graduate school.

South Central Alaska

The first bit of field work was related to my thesis. This fieldwork was in the Prince Williams Sound area of South Central Alaska. We were maintaining an IRIS PASSCAL temporary broadband seismic network. We also brought some geodesy students with us and did a run of the campaign GPS sites while we were there.

This photo was taken by me while we were waiting for the GPS to collect enough data before heading out on the boat. We also pulled the network on the second trip.

One last South Central Alaska photo

Talk about a cool place to work! This was another IRIS PASSCAL network, this time I was helping deploy it! We also pulled a previously deployed short period seismic network. We were focused on Uturuncu Volcano on the Alto Plano in Bolivia
Talk about a beautiful volcano! 
Uturuncu, the highest peak of SW Bolivia, displays fumarolic activity, and postglacial lava flows were noted by Kussmaul et al. (1977). Inspection of satellite images of the 6008-m-high peak, located SE of Quetana, did not show evidence for postglacial activity (de Silva and Francis, 1991). Andesitic and dacitic lava flows dominate on Uturuncu, and no pyroclastic deposits were observed during recent field work. Although young lava flows display well-preserved flow features, youthful-looking summit lava flows showed evidence of glaciation. Two active sulfur-producing fumarole fields are located near the summit, and large-scale ground deformation was observed beginning in May 1992 (Pritchard and Simons, 2002), indicating, along with recently detected seismicity, that a magmatic system is still present.
There were also a ton of amazing animals. Llamas and Flamingos were my favorite and I have an endless supply of photos of them! (Or so it seems...)

We also went up pretty high on the volcano and I took the opportunity to take a 360 shot! 

That was an amazing trip! I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Nabesna Rd scouting trip
I also went on a scouting trip to check out the Nabesna Rd area for a possible field camp location!
Skookum Peak Panorama 

We stayed on a beautiful lake!
I hope you enjoyed my field work photos!
~Infrasound Huntress

What it is I do

Milton Garc├ęs: Primordial sounds from PopTech on Vimeo.

This is a video of my boss' talk at PopTech this year!
It gives you a bit of an idea about what I do!

~Infrasound Huntress

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hello World!

Hello world! I am the Infrasound Huntress part of the iSoundHunter Core!

I work as a researcher in the field of infrasound, chasing the deep sounds of the earth!