Leif Karlstrom

I work on problems in volcanology, petrology, geodynamics, fluvial and glacial geomorphology. Active projects include the eruption cycle, melt focusing and crustal thickening in arcs, landscape evolution in volcanic environments, supraglacial hydrology, the origin of unsteadiness in volcanic eruptions, and the interpretation of long period volcanic seismicity.

My research involves a combination of theoretical and numerical models, field measurements, and laboratory experiments.
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Papers (Google Scholar profile):

In review:

1. Karlstrom, L., P. R. Richardson, D O'Hara, S. K. Ebmeier (2017), Magmatic landscape construction.

2. Byrnes, J., L. Karlstrom (2017), Global oceanic ridge volcanism triggered by the Chicxulub impact.

Accepted/In print:

1. Karlstrom, L., S. R. Paterson, A. M. Jellinek, (2017) "A reverse energy cascade for crustal magma transport", Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2982. Read-only link

Bletery, Q., Thomas, A. M., Rempel, A. W., Karlstrom, L.,  Sladen, A., De Barros, L., (2016) "Mega-Earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts", Science, 354, 6315, 1027-1031. link

3. Gill, Y., C. David, I. Demir, B. T. Essawy, R. W. Fulweiler, J. L. Goodall,  L. Karlstrom , H. Lee, H. J. Mills, J-H. Oh, SPierce, A. Pope, M . W. Tzeng, S. R. Villamizar, X. Yu., (2016) "Towards the Geoscience paper of the f uture: Best practices for documenting and sharing research from data to software to provenance" Earth and Space Science, 3. pdf 

Yang, K., Karlstrom, L.Smith, L. C., and Li, M., (2016) "Automatic High Resolution Satellite Image Registration Using Supraglacial Rivers on the Greenland Ice Sheet." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

5. Karlstrom, L. and E. M. Dunham (2016), "Excitation and resonance of acoustic-gravity waves in a column of stratified, bubbly magma", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 797, 431-470, doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.257 pdf

6. Karlstrom, L. and K. Yang (2016 ), " Fluvial supraglacial landscape evolution on the Greenland Ice Sheet," Geophysical Research Letters 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL067697.

. Karlstrom
, L., H. M. Wright and C. R. Bacon (2015), "The effect of pressurized magma chamber growth on melt migration and pre-caldera vent locations through time at Mount Mazama, Crater Lake, Oregon," Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 412, 209-219. pdf

hards, M.A., W. Alvarez, S. Self, L. Karlstrom, P.R. Renne, M. Manga, C.J. Sprain, J. Smit, L. Vanderkluysen, S. M. Gibson (2015), "Triggering of the largest Deccan eruptions by the Chicxulub impact", GSA Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B31167.1. pdf

9. Karlstrom, L.
, C.-T.A. Lee and M. Manga, (2014) "The role of magmatic crustal thickening on arc front migration", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, 2655-2675. pdf

10. Jutzeler, M., R. Marsh, R.J. Carey, J.D.L. White, P.J. Talling and L. Karlstrom, (2014) "On the fate of pumice rafts formed during the 2012 Havre submarine eruption", Nature Communications, 5:3660.

11. Karlstrom, L.
, A. Zok and M. Manga, (2014) "Near-surface permeability in a supraglacial drainage basin on the Llewellyn glacier, Juneau Ice Field, British Columbia," The Cryosphere, 8, 2, 537-546. pdf

12. Vandemeulebrouck, J., R. A. Sohn, M. L. Rudolph, S. Hurwitz, M. Manga, M. J. S. Johnston, S. A. Soule, D. McPhee, J. M. G. Glen, L. Karlstrom, F. Murphy (2014), "Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA, Part 2: Constraints on Subsurface Dynamics," Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011526.

13. Karlstrom, L.
, P. Gajjar and M. Manga (2013), "Meander formation in supraglacial streams," Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, 118, F20135. pdf

14. Karlstrom, L.
, S. Hurwitz, R. A. Sohn, J. Vandemeulebrouck, F. Murphy, M. L. Rudolph, M. J. S. Johnston, M. Manga, and R.B. Mcleskey (2013), "Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA, Part 1: Energetics and Eruption Dynamics", Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 118, B50251. pdf

15. Rudolph, M.L., M. Manga, S. Hurwitz, M. Johnston, L. Karlstrom, and C.-Y. Wang (2012), "Mechanics of Old Faithful Geyser, Calistoga, California," Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L24308.

16. Karlstrom, L.
, M. L. Rudolph and M. Manga (2012), "Caldera size modulated by the yield stress in a crystal-rich magma reservoir," Nature Geoscience, 5, 6, 402-405. pdf

17. Karlstrom, L.
and M. A. Richards (2011), "On the evolution of large ultramafic magma chambers and timescales for flood basalt eruptions," Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 116, B08216. pdf

18. Rudolph, M. L., L. Karlstrom and M. Manga (2011), "A prediction of the longevity of the Lusi mud volcano, Indonesia" Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 308, 124-130.

19. Karlstrom, L
., J. Dufek and M. Manga (2010), "Magma chamber stability in arc and continental crust," Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 190, 249-270. pdf

20. Karlstrom, L.
, J. Dufek and M. Manga (2009), "Organization of volcanic plumbing through magmatic lensing by magma chambers and volcanic loads," Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 114, B10204. pdf

21. Karlstrom, L.
and M. Manga (2006), "Origins and implications of zigzag rift patterns on lava lakes," Journal of Volcanolgy and Geothermal Research, 154, 317-324. pdf

Book Chapters

1. Dufek, J., C. Huber and L. Karlstrom (2012), "Magma chamber dynamics and thermodynamics," Chapter in book 'The Mathematics and Physics of Volcanism,' edited by S.A. Fagents, T.K.P. Gregg, and R.C. Lopez, Cambridge University Press.
I play violin and mandolin in American roots and improvisational music groups. B.M. in violin performance from the University of Oregon in 2006 working with Fritz Gearhart. Band websites below have schedule of shows.

Front Country

Progressive bluegrass band from Bay Area. Winners of Rockygrass band competition in 2012 and Telluride band competition in 2013.

Stream our first album Sake of the Sound (2014) produced by Kai Welch (or read a review or two), stream our EP Mixtape (2016) and watch a video.

isten to the second full length record Other Love Songs (2017) produced by Wesley Corbett (on Organic Records, read a review, listen or our profile on NPR All Things Considered , read profile in Chicago Tribune)

Small Town Therapy

Duo with San Francisco Bay Area instrumentalist Adam Roszkiewicz. Original new acoustic music on 4 and 5 string violin, mandolin, mandocello and guitar.

Stream our most recent album (2014) produced by Matt Flinner and watch a video
Jimbo Trout and the Fishpeople

Swing-country-avant garde collective based out of San Francisco.

Stream the latest album (2015):
The Heel Draggers

Western Swing band. Hits of the 1920s and 1930s. Steel Guitar jazz. Original tunes.

Stream the album (2011) and watch a video:
Leif Karlstrom
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Contact me!

Leif Karlstrom
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Contact me!

Leif Karlstrom
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Contact me!

Paul Richardson

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015

Bedrock landscape response to volcanic eruptions, lava flow prediction, origins of hillslope asymmetry
Daniel O'Hara

Graduate student

Bedrock landscape response to intrusive magmatism
Constance Ozimek

Graduate student

Eruption cycles in coupled thermo-mechanically and chemically evolving magma chambers

Matthew Morriss

Graduate student

Development and significance of Columbia River Flood Basalt Group feeder dikes

Active research group (Spring 2016)

Karlstrom research group members here!


I'm an Earth scientist at the University of Oregon. I study fluid motions in and on volcanoes, glaciers and bedrock landscapes.

I'm a musician. I play violin and mandolin.

Leif Karlstrom
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Contact me!

Allan Lerner

Graduate student

Significance of offset magma reservoirs beneath volcanoes
Morgan Nasholds

Undergraduate student

Columbia River Flood Basalt Group feeder dikes
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