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Laboratory of Volcanology/Scientific Staff and Directions
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Scientific Personnel and Areas of Study

Kh. B. Meliksetian – Ph.D., head of the laboratory
Petrology, geochemistry, assessment of volcanic hazard, archaeometry
Number of publications: 62

R. T. Jrbashyan – NAS RA Academician, Doctor, Adviser to Director
General and regional geology, volcanology, paleovolcanology, petrology, geodynamics
Number of publications: 159
Y. G. Ghukasyan – Ph.D., Senior Scientific Researcher
Mapping of volcanic formations, petrography, mineralogy, geochemistry,
Number of publications: 57

G. Kh. Navasardyan – Senior Scientific Researcher

Mapping of volcanic formations, structural geology, petrography, creation of volcanic database in GIS
Number of publications: 17

H. P. Gevorgyan – Junior Scientific Researcher/Ph.D. student/
 Study of volcano-clastic tuff-ignimbrite formations, petrography
Number of publications: 2

D. A. Manucharyan – Junior Scientific Researcher/Ph.D. student/
Physical volcanology, digital modeling of hazardous volcanic phenomena
Number of publications: 1

E. S. Grigoryan – Junior Scientific Researcher/Ph.D. student/

Volcanology, database development, tephrochronology

Scientific Areas

In the recent years, the laboratory has been realizing extensive research on the Late Pliocene – Quaternary volcanic centers and volcanic formations such as lavas, tuffs, scoria, obsidians, and volcano-clastic units in Armenia and surrounding territories. The laboratory investigates regularities of the development of volcanism and assesses the hazard posed by likely volcanic activation.
In general, the areas of Armenia and the Armenian Highland had been active volcanic regions during the Phanerozoic history of geological development, albeit with certain intervals, and are classified among the regions of classical volcanism. Constituting a part of the Alpine-Himalayan folding zone, the area was exposed to volcanic phenomena typical for different subsequent geodynamic regimes, such as subduction, rifting, and collision.
Taking into consideration these features, the studies addressing problems of volcanism were realized in the two main scientific areas.
The recent volcanology: studies of Late Pliocene – Quaternary volcanic formations. The volcanism of that period in the studied territory is conditioned by the geodynamics of collision between the Arabic and Eurasian tectonic continental blocks. K. Shirinyan, K. Karapetyan, A. Adamyan, S. Karapetyan, Y. Ghukasyan, E. Kharazyan, and L. Nahapetyan have significantly contributed to this field of research. The scientific results of their studies were summarized in a number of monographs and more than a hundred of articles.

Archaeo-volcanology: The results of studies of the Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Paleogene volcanic formations were summarized in a number of works and many articles published at the end of the 20th century (E. Malkhasyan, A. Mnatsakanyan, R. Jrbashyan, and Kh. Meliksetian)