International Volcanological Field School


  Katmai trip June 5-19,2024                       

UAF’s Department of Geosciences offers a two-week field class in volcanology in cooperation with the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS) and Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey (KBGS) 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 of UAF, with assistance by Taryn Lopez for larger classes, as well as by guest scientists from Russia, the US, and Japan. Students come from across the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and occasionally from other countries.  

White River Ash trip July 15-31, 2024

This course will deliver a hands-on experience to students who wish to learn how to investigate where magmas are stored in the crust. The course will include lectures about magmas and volcanic plumbing systems, different eruption styles, how to use petrology and experiments to constrain the conditions of magma storage in the crust, and background information about the Wrangell Volcanic Field and Mt Churchill – the source of the north and east lobes of the White River ash deposits. Please contact Jessica Larsen for details.               



June 5-19, 2024


There will be no Kamchatka trip in 2024

White River Ash

July 15-31, 2024
Pinnacle sunset White river Ash







 Return from the hike to the rim of Katmai Caldera with Whiskey Ridge at the background View to one of summit craters of Gorely Volcano with Mutnovsky at the backgroundTrekking in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes



Detailed information on trip costs and registration procedures can be found in course descriptions. Trip notes and additional information is available at our
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If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Larsen for the White River Ash section and  Pavel Izbekov for the Katmai section.  Participation of Russian students is coordinated by Olga Khubaeva