Dr. Philipp Ruprecht

( University of Nevada, Reno )

  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: geological sciences and engineering
  • Research Fields: Volcanoes, Magmas, Mineral Resources, Natural Hazards
  • Disciplines: Geochemistry and Petrology, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry, Space Grant - National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


I have been an advisor and mentor for about 15 years, mentoring students at the graduate, undergraduate level and a few high school students. Students vary in their backgrounds a lot in all aspects. Since my work is strongly focussed on volcanism in the Andes, I have worked with many spanish-speaking students. My mentees get experience in the field, the lab at the university, and occasionally travel to specialized facilities in the US. A basic background in the natural sciences and a curiosity for natural phenomena is an important part for any successful collaboration.


I am a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno, since 2016. Most of my research focuses on the magmatic processes within the crust and upper mantle that drive volcanic eruptions and the formation of continental crust. I combine field work with geochemical and petrologic tools, while also including physical constraints during magma evolution. In particular, I am interested in the assembly of arc magmas and the timescales associated with formation, storage, transport, and eruption of those magmas.
I am also interested in the links of magmatic processes to the formation of mineral deposits and the processes that are controlled by magmatic fluids.