Val recently completed her PhD in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, specializing in high-temperature stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry. Currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the SOEST Isotope Lab at University of Hawaii at Manoa, she is interested in the origins and nature of mantle heterogeneity expressed through oceanic volcanism, and how mantle reservoirs change over time. Val’s previous cruise experience saw her venturing out to the Tuvalu Islands to sample a previously unidentified and uncharacterized segment of the Rurutu hotspot track using radiogenic isotope geochemistry.

Currently, Val is working on Sr-Pb-Nd-Hf and U-series isotope geochemistry of young boninitic glasses from the submarine Mata Volcanic Field in the northern Lau Basin.