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Assistant Professor

Ian Saginor, Ph.D

Ian Saginor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department or Division: Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Office Location: Capwell Hall
Phone Number:(570) 945-8411

Ian Saginor - Volcano

Research Interests

Even though there are no active volcanoes in Pennsylvania, volcanism has shaped the surface of the Earth and affected the evolution of life for billions of years.  My research is on how volcanoes change over time, which means that I try to reconstruct the history of volcanic regions.  I've worked throughout Central America and the Caribbean and travel regularly to collect and analyze new rock samples. I have been taking Keystone College students to Costa Rica for 4 years as part of a nine-day field course to study the geology and ecology of the area. This trip takes us from active volcanoes to rare rock formations found in only a few places on Earth.

Keystone College has installed its own seismic station to monitor earthquake activity around the world. Since 2009, this station has detected every major earthquake in the world, including several that were felt right here in Pennsylvania, such as the 5.8 magnitude Virginia quake that shook the entire east coast in 2011.


  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Department of Geological Sciences, Ph.D., May 2008
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, B.A., Geology, May 2001

Published Papers

  • Saginor, Ian, Gazel, Esteban, Carr, Michael J. (2011), Progress and Challenges Using 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Revista de Geologia de America Central, 45, 75-85.
  • Gazel, Esteban, Hoernle, Kaj, Carr, Michael J., Herzberg, Claude, Saginor, Ian, van den Bogaard, Paul, Hauff, Folkmar, Feigenson, Mark, and Swisher III Carl (2011), Plume-Subduction Interaction in Southern Central America: Mantle Upwelling and Slab Melting, LITHOS, 121, 117-134.
  • Saginor, Ian, Gazel, Esteban, Carr, Michael J., Swisher, Carl, Turrin, Brent (2011), Miocene to Recent Volcanic History of Western Nicaragua and Geochemical Evolution of the Central American Volcanic Front, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 202, 143-152.
  • Carr, Michael J., Saginor, Ian, Alvarado, Guillermo E., Bolge, Louise L., Lindsay, Fara N., Milidakis, Kathy, Turrin, Brent, Feigenson, Mark D., Swisher, Carl C. III, Element Fluxes from the Volcanic Front, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Vol 8, no. 6. 2007.

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