My name is Kannikha Kolandaivelu. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. I work in the Magma-Hydrothermal Processes group under Dr. Robert Lowell.

I got my Master of Science, Geosciences in 2015. My broad range of scientific research lies in understanding how heat from the Earth’s interior shapes the Earth itself and what are the processes underlying it. I have not put a limit on understanding the thermal processes and hence I work on projects involving such processes on both marine and terrestrial settings.

How does Earth’s heat make fluids flow? In what direction do these hot fluids flow? Do they open new fractures and/or close existing ones?¬†How do they transport chemical elements? What changes do these chemical elements bring forth in the oceanic crust and also in the ocean? Do they change the composition of the surrounding Earth? To what extent? How does the same scenario affect the terrestrial settings? Are there a lot of differences between thermal processes in the ocean and on land?

These are some questions that dominate the thought process that goes behind my research.


Science Videos

(I update these from time to time)

Deep-diving submersible, Alvin, is one of the few ways to reach the deepest, darkest and fascinating parts of the ocean: