Alison Graettinger (she/her)

Alison Graettinger
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering

Contact Info
420F Flarsheim Hall
Earth and Environmental Science


Alison Graettinger is interested in all things volcanoes and especially when it involves external water like groundwater, glaciers, and lakes. Her approach to research involves field work, expeirments, and remote sensing. Common field sites for Graettinger's field work include Iceland, the Snake River Plane, Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field, Big Bend, and Baja Mexico. Her projects have applications on Earth and planetary surfaces. She also likes to mix volcanology into her pottery literally and figuratively.


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • M.Sc., Geology, University of Waikato, 2008
  • B.S., Geology, University of Puget Sound

Areas of Interest

  • Physical volcanology
  • Experiments involving remelted basaltic rock
  • Structure for motion photogrammetry
  • Morphometry
  • STEM pathways
  • Project-based learning