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Daniel Allen|Meet the Science Posse

PhD. Candidate in Geophysics

Graduate Fellow

Topics Daniel Can Bring to Your Classroom:

 Planetary Geology/Science
Remote Sensing
Space Exploration


B.S. in Physics (Astronomy emphasis) from Valparaiso University, 2000
M.S. in Physics (Astronomy emphasis) from Brigham Young University, 2010

Current Research:

Volcanoes on the Earth are great, but volcanoes on another planet are awesome!  I study volcanoes on Io, one of Jupiter’s many moons.  Specifically, I study how the movement of sulfur changes the temperatures of the volcanoes and creates deposits seen in spacecraft images of Io’s surface.  I want to see if my models of sulfur transport can explain various temperature anomalies found at a large lava lake named Loki Patera and if they can recreate the deposits seen in the images.


I am from a small Hoosier town and proud of it.  I have lived in big cities and in small towns — both in the United States and in other countries, but after spending almost four years in the crowded Utah Valley, the small town feel of Laramie and the wide open spaces of Wyoming are a welcomed change of pace.  I spent my childhood in Indiana collecting rocks, gazing at the stars, and reading every book about science I could find.  I took that love of science to Valparaiso University where I studied physics and astronomy.  After graduating, I had the chance to be an instructor at Valparaiso and discovered my love of teaching.  I have continued to teach as much as I can while studying stars, rocks, and volcanoes.  I am nearing the end of my PhD in Geophysics, but I will continue teaching and learning about science for the rest of my life.

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“For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;” -- Alfred Tennyson

I call the great state of Indiana my home, but I love Wyoming and the people here. After completing my undergraduate degree in Indiana, I spent time in Canada and Europe before coming to the Mountain West region to further my education. Living in Provo, UT made me miss the friendly, small town atmosphere I grew up with in Indiana. When my Master’s degree was done, I moved to Laramie for my PhD and haven't looked back. I study volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon, Io, but when I have free time, I like to spend it reading books, watching TV, running, playing games, cooking, and playing with my two kids. I am looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful state and meeting more of the wonderful people here. I also look forward to sharing my love of science with students and teachers across Wyoming.

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