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Deborah Kelley

Research areas

Deborah Kelley is a marine geologist interested in understanding how submarine volcanoes and rock alteration processes support life in the absence of sunlight. She is also interested in how the concentrations and compositions of volcanic gases change as magmas deep within the seafloor cool, and how these gases are transported to the seafloor. Field areas that her work is currently focusing on include the Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the accretionary margin off of Vancouver Island, and the Lost City hydrothermal field at 30°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In addition to these areas, she also is developing an in-situ microbial incubator for black smoker systems that is designed to establish the upper temperature limit to life.