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Patricia Gregg

Associate Head
GeoThrust Scholar
Associate Professor Earth Science & Environmental Change
Associate Professor National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Associate Professor Latin American & Caribbean Studies


In November and December of 2016 Dr. Gregg served as Chief Scientist of the OASIS Expedition. K-12 students had the opportunity to follow along with the OASIS Science Team on an expedition of discovery to investigate submarine volcanoes that have never been explored before. You can learn more about the 2016 expedition on the OASIS Facebook Page and/or OASIS YouTube Channel. Make sure to *Subscribe* to follow along with the team when they return to the OASIS field sight in December 2018!


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Research Interests

Volcano Geophysics and Geodynamics, Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes, Melt Generation and Migration Through the Upper Mantle. My current research utilizes thermomechanical models to better understand the rheological controls on magma reservoir growth, pressurization, and volcanic eruption. I also use geodynamic models to investigate melting and melt migration in the mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges. My work involves a multi-pronged approach that combines data collection on land and at sea with data analysis and model development. Future projects include case studies of active continental volcanic systems as well as seagoing field expeditions to better understand the formation of new oceanic crust at mid-ocean ridges.


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program 2008
  • B.S. Geology & Geophysics, University of Missouri - Rolla, now MS&T

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 350: Volcanoes
  • GEOL 450: Probing the Earth's Interior
  • GEOL 593X: Volcano Geophyiscs & Geodynamics
  • GEOL 593P: Mid-ocean Ridge Tectonics
  • GEOL 593K: Applied Geophysics

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Geology
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Albright, J. A., & Gregg, P. M. (2023). Building a Better Forecast: Reformulating the Ensemble Kalman Filter for Improved Applications to Volcano Deformation. Earth and Space Science, 10(1), Article e2022EA002522.

Fabbrizzi, A., Parnell-Turner, R., Gregg, P. M., Fornari, D. J., Perfit, M. R., Wanless, V. D., & Anderson, M. (2022). Relative Timing of Off-Axis Volcanism From Sediment Thickness Estimates on the 8°20’N Seamount Chain, East Pacific Rise. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 23(9), Article e2022GC010335.

Goldman, R. T., Albright, J. A., Gravley, D. M., Grosfils, E. B., Gregg, P. M., & Hampton, S. J. (2022). Stress Control of Dike Deflection and Flank Eruption at Akaroa Volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 127(8), Article e2022JB024305.

Gregg, P. M., Zhan, Y., Amelung, F., Geist, D., Mothes, P., Koric, S., & Yunjun, Z. (2022). Forecasting mechanical failure and the 26 June 2018 eruption of Sierra Negra Volcano, Galápagos, Ecuador. Science Advances, 8(22), Article eabm4261.

Lucas, L. C., Albright, J. A., Gregg, P. M., & Zhan, Y. (2022). The Impact of Ice Caps on the Mechanical Stability of Magmatic Systems: Implications for Forecasting on Human Timescales. Frontiers in Earth Science, 10, Article 868569.

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