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Molly Gallahue

PhD Candidate

B.S. Geology and Mathematics, St. Norbert College, 2018
Curriculum Vitae


I’m studying processes involved in continental rifting. Specifically, I am looking at volumes of magmatic material produced at volcanic rifted margins in comparison to distances from hotspots or pole of plate rotation. Ideally this will allow us to try to better understand how continents rift and why some rifts ultimately fail to evolve to full spreading centers, as happened with North America’s Midcontinent Rift. I’m also working on the California Historical Intensity Mapping Project (CHIMP) which involves reinterpreting previously published felt intensities from large earthquakes in California to create a database of past shaking levels.


Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2020

Outstanding Student Presentation Award, American Geophysical Union, 2019

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