Christelle Wauthier
Postdoctoral Fellow

Christelle Wauthier

Research Interests

Natural hazards by means of remote-sensing and geophysical techniques


B.A., Engineering, 2003, University of Liege Masters, Geological Engineering, 2006, University of Liege Masters, Volcanology, 2007, "Magmas and Volans" Laboratory, University Blaise-Pascal Ph. D., Engineering, 2012, University of Leige

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Christelle Wauthier earned her Master's degree in Geological Engineering at the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2006. Afterwards, she earned a Research Master's degree from the “Magma et Volcans” department at the University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) where she worked with Valerie Cayol on the realistic numeric modeling of dike intrusions. Christelle completed her Ph.D. in September 2011 at the University of Liege, Belgium, collaborating closely with the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium) and African partners (e.g., Goma Volcano Observatory and Geological Survey of Tanzania). She used radar interferometry (InSAR) and numerical modeling and inversion of InSAR geodetic data to study two active volcanic areas located in immature portions of the East African rift: Lake Kivu (Dem. Rep. of Congo) and Lake Natron (Tanzania). She is now a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She is currently working with Diana Roman (DTM-CIW) and Mike Poland (HVO-USGS) to study magmatic processes and magma-tectonic interactions at Kilauea volcano, Hawai’i, using a combination of InSAR and high-resolution time series of deformation, modeling of GPS and InSAR data and seismic data. Her main research interests include studying natural hazards, magma and volcanic processes and magma-tectonic interactions by means of remote-sensing and geophysical techniques. Christelle will start her new appointment as assistant professor in the Geosciences department of Pennsylvania State University on May 1, 2014.