United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Philip Kyle

Professor Emeritus of Geochemistry
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Earth and Environmental Science
Research Interests
Philip Kyle is a Geochemist/Volcanologist who has examined volcanoes in Antarctica, Kamchatka, Hawaii and the western USA. I was the director of the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory until it was disbanded in early 2017. I have had 45 field seasons working in Antarctica (from 1969 to 2016). Currently I am studying tephra (volcanic ash) in blue ice areas on the Transantarctic Mountains to evaluate the eruptive history of volcanoes in the western Ross sea area especially those in Northern Victoria Land (Melbourne, The Pleiades, Rittmann). These volcanoes have all erupted numerous times over the last 10,000 years and are a potential hazard. A wealth of data from the on-going eruptions of Erebus volcano is being compiled for publication.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
Field camp - fixed wing access
Field camp - helicopter access
Cape Crozier
Mount Erebus
Research Keywords
volcanology, hazards, geochemistry, petrology, tephra
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Earth Sciences
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Geosciences Group