My research focuses on the chemical, thermal, and physical evolution of magmatic systems. The tools I use to understand these systems include fieldwork, geochemistry, stable and radiogenic isotope systems (U-Pb and δ18O), quantification and correlation of micrometer-scale mineral zonation patterns, and thermal modelling of magma ascent and emplacement dynamics.
My current project revolves around four large ignimbrites in the Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field, ranging in volume from ~150 km3 to over 500 km3 and occurring in rapid succession. What processes (chemical, thermal, physical) lead to the construction of four large systems in a short amount of time?
- Igneous petrology and volcanology
- Isotope geochemistry
- Crystal-scale zonation patterns
- Thermal and numerical modelling of magma ascent dynamics
- Magmatic Petrology (3rd year) - Practical/Laboratory
- Physical Volcanology (2nd year) - Practical/Laboratory and Field Camp in the Massif Central, France
Curry, A.C., Caricchi, L., and Lipman, P., 2017, Determining the physical and chemical processes behind four caldera-forming eruptions in rapid succession in the San Juan caldera cluster, Colorado, USA, Abstract V11C-0364 presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-15 December.
Curry, A.C., Caricchi, L., and Lipman, P., 2017, Determining the physical and chemical processes behind four caldera-forming eruptions in rapid succession in the San Juan caldera cluster, Colorado, USA, Abstract ME42A-1 (oral) presented at 2017 IAVCEI Scientific Assembly, Portland, Oregon, 14-18 August.
Curry, A.C., Caricchi, L., and Lipman, P., 2017, Determining the physical processes behind four large eruptions in rapid sequence in the San Juan caldera cluster (Colorado, USA), Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 19, EGU2017-18630, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Curry, A.C., 2013, The role of shear heating in obsidian formation within volcanic conduits, Abstract V21B-2716 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, California, 9-13 December.
Curry, A.C.,2013, The role of shear heating in the formation of obsidian: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 6, 14-15
Nicolaysen, K.E., Curry, A.C., Goldberg, A., Wobus, R.A., Lackey, J.S., Hazlett, R.W., and Bindeman, I.N., 2010, Thermobarometry, argon dating and oxygen isotope geochemistry of the Pleistocene Pt. Tebenkof ignimbrite, Makushin Volcano, AK, Abstract V11D-2334 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, California, 13-17 December.