Alec Melone

Graduate Student


I am a Master's student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.  My research applies the Magma Chamber Simulator (MCS) to the 1.3 billion-year old Kiglapait layered intrusion of Labrador, Canada, with the goal of modeling the magma chamber processes that produced the observed geochemical trends in olivine and plagioclase composition.  I have focused on testing the effects closed-system fractional crystallization, as well as the effects of multiple recharge/mixing events with fractional crystallization.  When not pondering the mysteries of the Kiglapait, I enjoy hiking through the forests and mountains of Washington state, collecting rocks where permitted, and appreciating J.R.R. Tolkien's stories.