The mysterious world of volcanic and igneous plumbing systems (aka VIPS) is being explored by many fascinated researchers around the globe. Exciting new ideas and research projects, that each shed light on the complex processes of magma transport, are constantly being produced. The VIPS blog team are eager to help share this work with the wider community of VIPS enthusiasts via our blog, website and social media channels, whilst connecting and getting to know more about the researchers working in this community. To keep up with all the new activity in the field around the world, we are expanding our VIPS blog and social media team.
We are looking for 3 new VIPS committee members to join our blog and social media team, and help spread the word about new science in the VIPS field. Here’s a few words from two of our current blog editors – Kerys and Caitlin – on what they enjoy most about being in the VIPS blog team.
I joined the VIPS commission near the start of my postdoc researching analogue and numerical models of dyke propagation. My background is in maths and engineering, but being a VIPS blog editor has exposed me to a whole new side of plumbing systems that I previously didn’t know much about. By working together with guest bloggers, and helping to edit their stories, I have learnt about so much amazing research that is completely outside of my field (an example is the geochemistry of Ocean Island Basalts featured in an upcoming blog post by Teresa Ubide… watch this space!).
What’s more, through this role I have had the opportunity to get to know more about the people who inspire my own research. A personal highlight of my time as a blog editor so far has been interviewing Eleonora Rivalta – a pioneer in numerical models of propagating intrusions.
Similar to Caitlin, I joined the VIPS commission at the same time as starting my PhD investigating magma reservoir evolution following edifice collapse. Being relatively new to the field meant that I hadn’t yet built up many connections with others in the VIPS community, especially as many conferences and other opportunities were moved online as a result of Covid. Working as part of the VIPS blog team has provided such a valuable networking experience, meeting so many fascinating researchers from across the globe. I’ve particularly enjoyed working with ECRs to produce the ‘ECR Stories’ series, such as Jade Bowers’ post of arc volcanoes, learning about, discussing and playing a role in sharing some of the field’s newest up and coming research has been truly inspiring!
In addition to producing blogs, the new positions will also involve creating and sharing content on the VIPS website and social media channels. If being on the team sounds like something that you’d enjoy, we’d love to hear from you!