In Print:

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

  • 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, 114, B10204. pdf

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

  • In Review:

  • Karlstrom, L., P. Gajjar and M. Manga (2010), "Meander formation in supraglacial streams"

  • Dufek, J., C. Huber and L. Karlstrom (2008), "Magma chamber dynamics and thermodynamics," Chapter in review by Cambridge University Press for inclusion in book 'The Mathematics and Physics of Volcanism,' edited by S.A. Fagents, T.K.P. Gregg, and R.C. Lopez

  • Unpublished/extended abstracts:

  • Karlstrom, L. and M. Manga (2009), "Magma siphoning and the mechanics of Large Igneous Province eruptions," Abstract for AGU Fall Meeting 2009.

  • Karlstrom, L., M. Manga and I. Matsuyama (2009), "Martian magmatic plumbing and the spacing of Tharsis Montes shield volcanoes," Abstract for LPSC Meeting 2010.

  • Lava


    B.S. (Honors) Physics, University of Oregon Spring 2006
    B.S. Mathematics, University of Oregon Spring 2006
    B.M. Violin Performance, University of Oregon Spring 2006

    PhD candidate, University of California at Berkeley (2006 - )
    working with Michael Manga

    Other stuff:
    Outstanding Student Poster award at the 2008 Fall AGU meeting

    Research interests

    A great aspect of working in Earth Science is the opportunity to combine interesting math, laboratory experiments and field work to study problems that are as old as they get, yet are still fresh and very much unresolved today. Examples of some questions that I think about are:

    What dynamics govern crustal magma transport, and the emergence of large-scale eruptions?
    How does water shape landscapes?
    Why are there continents and oceans?
    Why are simple statistics and patterns so common?
    Is continuum mechanics always the right way to approach Earth Science problems?
    Specific research topics, past and present, include
    1. Magma chamber growth and stability; "magmatic lensing"
    2. Organization and topology of volcanic plumbing networks
    3. Eruption of Flood Basalts
    4. Lava lake dynamics
    5. Magma-crust interactions in Tharsis volcanic province, Mars
    6. Longevity of the Lusi mud volcano

    7. Morphodynamics of supraglacial meltwater streams
    8. Channel erosion due to turbulent melting and dissolution
    9. Pattern formation in calcium carbonate terraces
    10. Reservoir induced seismicity in Southwest China

    11. I am not biased in my research interests, and am interested in developing analytic mathematical models of geological problems, numerical methods and nonlinear dynamics.

      When feasible, my aim is to combine these tools in a meaningful, quantitative way with field work. Particulary with regard to the coupling between geophysical processes and materials that often produce catastrophic emergent organization, this is an exciting part of Earth Science. I feel strongly that first-hand experience of the natural world is a pre-requisite for understanding it in any depth.