M.Sc. Student Skyler Mallozzi Completes Field Work in California

Friday, June 23, 2017

Skyler holding the R4 EM induction sounder in Valentine Cave

Skyler holding the R4 EM induction sounder in Valentine Cave

 

From May 30th – June 9th, M.Sc. student Skyler Mallozzi partook in field work at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California. Skyler used the newly-developed R4 frequency-domain electromagnetic (EM) induction sounder provided by Geosensors Ltd. to characterize lava tubes from the surface. In addition to this, Skyler took the induction sounder inside lava tubes in order to identify EM signatures of different floor characteristics such as mud, ice, wet and dry basalt.

Skyler’s research is part of the Astrobiology Training in Lava Tubes (ATiLT) project funded by the Canadian Space Agency. The goal of the project is to apply the study of basaltic caves (lava tubes) on Earth to inform us of the diversity and resilience of microbial life and how traces of such life are recorded in mineral deposits that could have formed on Mars.

Joining Skyler as his field assistant was M.Sc. student Chris Brown. Chris’ research consists of gravity surveying of lava tubes at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve outside of Pocatello, ID, making him the perfect research field assistant! Skyler and Chris are both working under the supervision of Dr. Claire Samson.

 

Chris Brown (left) and Skyler Mallozzi (right) surveying the “test line” using the Geosensors R4 EM induction sounder at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California. Chris is holding the R4 while Skyler leads the survey line and monitors EM levels using an iOS app.

Chris Brown (left) and Skyler Mallozzi (right) surveying the “test line” using the Geosensors R4 EM induction sounder at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California. Chris is holding the R4 while Skyler leads the survey line and monitors EM levels using an iOS app.