Dr Catherine Lewis Kenedi

Bsc (Wesleyan University), MSc (University of Michigan), PhD (Duke University)

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Biography

I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, thousands of kilometers away from the closest volcanoes. Volcanoes drew me closer, however, when I took a volcanology course in which we travelled to Hawaii to hike over the largest volcano on Earth (Mauna Loa) and feel the heat and hear the rustle of active lava flows at Kilauea Volcano. I was hooked and went back a year later to volunteer for nine months at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Subsequently, in my masters degree, I analyzed, dated, and mapped the volcanic deposits of Volcan Tequila, Mexico. Later my PhD took me back to Hawaii, to look at what we could learn from earthquakes in geothermal fields, and to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, to look at seismic reflections offshore and the faults that seismic data revealed. When I came to the University of Auckland, I continued to do work related to earthquakes at volcanoes, both at the volcanic field that threatens the city of Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia, and most recently when we installed a seismometer on Rangitoto Island, in Auckland. 

Currently I am working as a course designer for the first year Earth Science course in the School of Environment and contributing to teaching other courses. I am also the Project Manager for the newly established Hazard Hub @ University of Auckland, which brings together researchers and students in natural hazards from across the university. 

Teaching | Current

EARTHSCI 103 Dynamic Earth

EARTHSCI 105/105G Natural Hazards in New Zealand

EARTHSCI 705 Geohazards

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Abdelwahed, M. F., El-Marry, N., Moufti, M. R., Kenedi, C. L., Zhao, D., Zahran, H., & Shawali, J. (2016). Imaging of magma intrusions beneath Harrat Al-Madinah in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 120, 17-28. 10.1016/j.jseaes.2016.01.023
  • Kenedi, K. L., Smid, E., Howe, T., Lindsay, J. M., & Leonard, G. (2016). DEVORA 2021: A new outcome-based focus to determining volcanic risk in Auckland. Paper presented at Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Wanaka, New Zealand. 28 November - 1 December 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elaine Smid, Jan Lindsay
  • Kenedi, K. L. (2014). Subsurface Auckland investigations, including first data from the Rangitoto borehole seismometer. Paper presented at DEVORA Research FOrum, Auckland, New Zealand. 7 November 2014.
  • Kenedi, C. L., Boese, C., Abdelwahed, M. F., Alvarez, M., Lindsay, J. M., Mokhtar, T. A., & Moufti, M. R. (2014). Insights from the first borehole seismic network in the volcanic fields (harrats) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In J. M. Lindsay, M. R. Moufti (Eds.) Volcanic risks in Saudi Arabia: VORiSA final report 2014 (pp. 221-235). Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz University.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jan Lindsay
  • Wameyo, P., Aboud, E., Kenedi, C. L., Abdelwahed, M. F., Moufti, M. R., & Lindsay, J. M. (2014). Magnetotelluric imaging of the Northern Harrat Rahat Volcanic Field, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In J. M. Lindsay, M. R. Moufti (Eds.) Volcanic risks in Saudi Arabia: VORiSA final report 2014 (pp. 182-193). Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz University.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jan Lindsay
  • Kenedi, C. L., Lindsay, J. M., Runge, M. G., Abdelwahed, M. F., Johnston, D., Wilson, T. M., ... Qaddah, A. A. (2014). Volcano-seismic hazard and preliminary earthquake impact assessment for the city of Al-Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In J. M. Lindsay, M. R. Moufti (Eds.) Volcanic risks in Saudi Arabia: VORiSA final report 2014 (pp. 344-356). Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz University.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jan Lindsay
  • Voight, B., Sparks, R. S. J., Shalev, E., Minshull, T., Paulatto, M., Annen, C., ... Brown, L. (2014). The SEA-CALIPSO volcano imaging experiment at Montserrat: Plans, campaigns at sea and on land, scientific results, and lessons learned. Geological Society Memoir, 39, 253-289. 10.1144/M39.15
  • Runge, M. G., Bebbington, M. S., Cronin, S. J., Lindsay, J. M., Kenedi, C. L., & Moufti, M. R. H. (2014). Vents to events: Determining an eruption event record from volcanic vent structures for the Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 76 (3), 1-16. 10.1007/s00445-014-0804-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jan Lindsay, Shane Cronin