Ben Cohen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC). In the Ascension project he is helping measure the age of the lavas and pyroclastic deposits on the island, using argon-argon geochronology. This data will be used to understand the frequency of eruptions on Ascension Island. Ben gained his PhD in 2007 from The University of Queensland, where he used similar techniques to investigate the hotspot volcanoes in eastern Australia. Ben also uses argon-argon geochronology to understand the age and origin of other volcanoes on Earth, as well as meteorites – including from Mars.
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