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The Volcanoes and Geohazards Group at UB is a thriving community currently composed of four faculty, one research scientist, two postdoctoral researchers, and typically 20 to 30 graduate students.

UB Geology drives innovation in the field. Our internationally active researchers investigate the most enduring questions on Earth.

Homemade Lava

Dr. Ingo Sonder, lead scientist at the University at Buffalo's Center for GeoHazards Studies, creates homemade lava by heating basaltic rock in a high-powered induction furnace. Once the mixture is red hot and bubbling at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, it's ready to pour and Sonder's research into the danger that volcanoes near ice, lakes, oceans, and underground water sources pose to surrounding communities can begin. 


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