Leif Karlstrom


I work on problems in volcanology, petrology, geodynamics, glaciology, and geomorphology. Active projects include the eruption cycle, melt focusing and crustal thickening in arcs, the Columbia River Flood Basalts, landscape evolution in volcanic environments, supraglacial hydrology, unsteady behavior in volcanic eruptions, and the interpretation of volcanic seismicity.

My research involves a combination of theoretical and numerical models, field measurements, and laboratory experiments. My CV is here

People Behind the Science interview about my research and life in science and music (so far).

Earthbird Seminar conversation with Cin-Ty Lee from Rice University on science and art.

Popular Press/not Peer-reviewed

1. Karlstrom, L. and J. S. Byrnes (2018), "More bad news for dinosaurs: Chicxulub meteorite impact triggered global volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor," WEBLINK

Peer-reviewed Papers (Google Scholar profile):

In review/In revision:

  1. Paté, A., Farge, G., Holtzman, B., Barth, A.C., Poli, P., Boschi L., and L. Karlstrom (2021) "Combining audio and visual displays to highlight temporal and spatial seismic patterns"

  2. O'Hara, D., Klema, N., and L. Karlstrom (2021) "Development of magmatic topography through repeated stochastic intrusions"

  3. Biasi, J., and L. Karlstrom (2021) "Timescales of magma transport in the Columbia River flood basalts, determined by paleomagnetic data"

  4. Crozier, J. and L. Karlstrom (2021) "Very-long-period seismicity over the 2008-2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano"

  5. Black, B., L. Karlstrom, T. A. Mather (2021) "The life cycle of Large Igneous Provinces"

Accepted/In print:

  1. McQuillan, M., and L. Karlstrom (2021) "Fluid resonance in elastic-walled englacial transport networks", accepted at Journal of Glaciology.

  2. Barth, A., L. Karlstrom, B. Holtzman, A. Pate, A Niyak (2021) "Sonification and animation of multivariate data to illuminate dynamics of geyser eruptions", accepted at Computer Music Journal.

  3. O'Hara, D., L. Karlstrom, D. W. Ramsey (2020), "Time-evolving surface and subsurface signatures of Quaternary volcanism in the Cascades Arc", Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G47706.1, pdf.

    University of Oregon press release

    Bend Bulletin news article

  4. Wada I., L. Karlstrom (2020) "Modeling fluid migration in subduction zones", EOS, 101, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EO145551.

  5. Bindeman, I.N., N.D. Greber, O.E. Melnik O.E., A.S. Artyomova, L. Karlstrom, D. Colon (2020) "Pervasive Hydrothermal Events Associated with Large Igneous Provinces Documented by the Columbia River Basaltic Dikes", Nature Scientific Reports, 10, 10206, pdf.

    University of Oregon press release

  6. Lerner, A.H., D. O'Hara, L. Karlstrom, S.K. Ebmeier, K.R. Anderson, S. Hurwitz (2020), "The prevalence and significance of offset magma reservoirs at arc volcanoes", Geophysical Research Letters, 47, 14, pdf.

    Scientific American profile

  7. Wu, S.-M., F.-C. Lin, J. Farrell, B. Shiro , L. Karlstrom, P. Okubo (2020), "Spatiotemporal Seismic Structure Variations Associated with the 2018 Kilauea Eruption based on Temporary Dense Geophone Arrays", Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2019GL086668. pdf

  8. Morriss, M.C., L. Karlstrom, M. Nasholds, J. Wolff, (2020) "The Chief Joseph Dike Swarm of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, and the Legacy Dataset of William H. Taubeneck", Geosphere, v. 16. pdf

  9. Liang, C., J. Crozier, L. Karlstrom, and E. M. Dunham (2020) "Magma oscillations in a conduit-reservoir system, application to very long period (VLP) seismicity at basaltic volcanoes--Part II: Data inversion and interpretation at Kilauea Volcano", Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, e2019JB01745. pdf

  10. Liang, C., L. Karlstrom, and E. M. Dunham (2020) "Magma oscillations in a conduit-reservoir system, application to very long period (VLP) seismicity at basaltic volcanoes--Part I: Theory", Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, e2019JB01743. pdf

  11. Bodmer, M., D.R. Toomey, J.J. Roering, L. Karlstrom, (2020) "Asthenospheric buoyancy and the origin of high-relief topography along the Cascadia forearc" Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 531, 115965. pdf

  12. Karlstrom, L., K. E. Murray, and P. W. Reiners (2019) "Bayesian Markov-Chain Monte Carlo inversion of low-temperature thermochronology around two 8-10 m wide Columbia River Flood Basalt dikes", Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, 90, doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00090. pdf

  13. Richardson, P. R. and L. Karlstrom (2019) "The multi-scale influence of topography on lava flow morphology." Bulletin of Volcanology, 81,21. pdf

  14. O'Hara, D., L. Karlstrom, and J. J. Roering (2019) "Distributed landscape response to localized uplift and the fragility of steady states." Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 506, 243-254. pdf

  15. Yang, K, L. C., Smith, L Karlstrom, M. C. Cooper, M. Tedesco, D. van As, X. Cheng, Z. Chen, M. Li (2018) “A new surface meltwater routing model for use on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface.” The Cryosphere, 12, 3791-3811. pdf

  16. Perry-Houts, J. and L. Karlstrom (2018) "Anisotropic viscosity and time-evolving lithospheric instabilities due to aligned igneous intrusions." Geophysical Journal International, https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggy466. pdf

  17. Crozier, J., L. Karlstrom, and K. Yang (2018) "Basal control of supraglacial meltwater catchments on the Greenland Ice Sheet," The Cryosphere, 12, 3383-3407. pdf

  18. Karlstrom, L., P. R. Richardson, D. O'Hara, and S. K. Ebmeier (2018), "Magmatic landscape construction", Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, v. 123, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JF004369, pdf

  19. Byrnes, J. and L. Karlstrom (2018), "Anomalous K-Pg–aged seafloor attributed to impact-induced mid-ocean ridge magmatism", Science Advances, v.4, no. 2, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2994, pdf,

    Los Angeles Times article,

    AAAS art department animation

  20. Karlstrom, L., S. R. Paterson, and A. M. Jellinek, (2017) "A reverse energy cascade for crustal magma transport", Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2982. pdf,

    University of Oregon Press Release

  21. 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. pdf

  22. 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, S. Pierce, A. Pope, M . W. Tzeng, S. R. Villamizar, X. Yu., (2016) "Towards the Geoscience paper of the future: Best practices for documenting and sharing research from data to software to provenance" Earth and Space Science, 3. pdf

  23. 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. pdf

  24. 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

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

    American Geophysical Union press release

  26. 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

  27. Richards, 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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,

    Physics Today press

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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. pdf

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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.