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About Charles Connor

My primary research interests are physical volcanology and geophysics.

In volcanology, my research focuses on development of volcanic hazard models. These include computer models for tephra dispersion and lava flow simulation that I work to develop and test. I also devote considerable energy to development of new techniques for understanding the structural setting of basaltic volcanic fields on Earth and other planets, and to modeling heat and mass transfer in volcanoes.

My research in geophysics involves high-resolution gravity and magnetic surveys and techniques, inversion of potential field data, for example using the downhill simplex methods and singular value decomposition. I most enjoy geophysics when we can successfully use multiple methods simultaneously to create a clear picture of a geological structure or geological process.


Present Professor, University of South Florida School of Geosciences



2018 RCN: Planning for a Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction Zone Science
National Science Foundation - EAR182434
Role: co-I, UT Austin lead organization
2017 Building integrated seismic and volcanic hazard models in active arcs: an example from the Managua Graben, Nicaragua
NASA - 16-ESI16-0030
Role: co-PI, Penn State lead organization
2014 Evaluating the Role of Distributed Volcanism in the Development of the Tharsis Region of Mars
Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP) National Aeronautical and Space Agency
Role: PI
2013 SI2–SSI: Collaborative Research: Building Sustainable Tools and Collaboration for Volcanic and Related Hazards
National Science Foundation - ACI1339768
Role: PI, with Unviersity at Buffalo
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 - 2015 Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida
2010 - 2012 Chair, Volcanology, Petrology, and Geochemistry committee for Education and Outreach, American Geophysical
2001 - 2009 Chair, Department of Geology, University of South Florida
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  • Data Analysis in Geology and Geophysics
  • GeoComputation
  • Physical Volcanology
  • Geovisualization


1988 Ph.D., Dartmouth College
1984 M.S., Dartmouth College
1982 B.A., University of Illinois
1982 B.S., University of Illinois

Contact Information

Office: SCA 517
Phone: (813) 974-0325


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