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Donald M. Thomas Faculty

Donald M. Thomas
Geochemist, Director of Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

Ph.D., University of Hawaii

Email: dthomas@soest.hawaii.edu
Office: POST 619B
Phone Number: (808) 956-6482
Fax Number: (808) 956-3188

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
1680 East-West Road, POST 602
Honolulu, HI 96822

Research Interests:
Geochemistry, Hydrology of geothermal systems, Hydrology of ocean islands, Chemistry of volcanic gases, Radon release and transport

I am currently responsible for oversight of drilling-related activities on the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project that is completing a continuously-cored borehole into Mauna Kea volcano to a planned depth of at least 4.5 km. My scientific interests in the project revolve around hydrology of large volcanic/ocean islands and fluid transport and water-rock reactions occurring below the shallow basal freshwater lens. My other research interests include: study of radon release and transport in the vadose zone as an analog of volatile contaminant transport and as it relates to earthquake precursory phenomena; and the geochemistry of ocean island hydrothermal systems.

I also serve as the Director of the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The program is a cooperative effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and provides training in the state-of-the-art of volcano hazards assessment and monitoring and conducts a variety of natural hazards outreach programs for the State of Hawaii.

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Publications Link:  http://www.higp.hawaii.edu/publications/faculty/Thomas_Pubs.pdf

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