International Volcanological Field School in Katmai

Dates for 2018 course are tentative, and will be confirmed later. Note that applications are accepted on the continuous basis until all vacancies are filled.

UAF’s Department of Geology and Geophysics offers a two-week field class in volcanology in cooperation with the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS), Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey (KBGS), and the Kamchatka State University (KSU) in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. The course is offered every summer both in Katmai National Park, Alaska, site of the largest eruption on Earth of the 20th century and on one of active volcanoes of Kamchatka, e.g. Mutnovsky and Gorely, Tolbachik, and Karymsky. Students explore and discuss the full range of phenomena that constitutes volcanoes, using some of the best examples in the world. The course is co-taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level by Pavel Izbekov, John Eichelberger, and Taryn Lopez of UAF, as well as by guest scientists from Russia, the US, and Japan. Students come from across the US, Russia, and Japan, and occasionally from other countries.

The two-week field trip to the Katmai National Park, Alaska provides a unique opportunity to visit the site of the largest volcanic eruption on Earth in the 20th century. Participants learn about volcanic processes through direct examination of volcanic products while exploring the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and the neighboring volcanoes - Mount Katmai, New Trident, and Mageik. The session will be taught by Pavel Izbekov and possibly John Eichelberger.


GEOS 495: Courses in introductory, college level Geology, Chemistry, and Physics at the students' home institution are required, or permission of instructor.

GEOS 695: Graduate standing in volcanology or related field or permission of instructor.

All field trips are strenuous and require students to be in good health; capable of hiking for at least 20km per day carrying heavy backpacks; willing to camp under primitive, remote, and possibly uncomfortable conditions.

Basic conversational ability in either English or Russian is required.


*Note on UAF Course Coding*

ABCD - Departments/Schools/Colleges are indicated by the first 3-4 letters of the code
F - Fairbanks Campus
123 - Academic level is indicated by the number following the letters.

Undergraduate Level: 100 - 400
Graduate Level : 500 - 600

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Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor,Master
CountryUnited States
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits3.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyPhysical science (others)
Teaching placeKatmai National Park, Alaska
Tagsfield schoolsummer schoolfieldschoolvolcanoesvolcanology
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