Kelly Russell


EOS-South 253
(778) 995-7710
Accepting students

My interests are in volcanology and igneous petrology as related to the formation, transport and eruption of magma.  More information VPL WEB SITE.


  • Ph.D. University of Calgary 1984 (Jim Nicholls)
  • M.Sc. University of Calgary 1980 (Ed Ghent)
  • B.Sc. University of Manitoba 1976 (Honours Earth Science)
  • 2016   Fellow of Mineralogical Society of America
  • 2013  NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award (DAS) (2013-2016)
  • 2010  Career Achievement Medal, Volcanology, Geological Assocation Canada
  • 2008    Peacock Medallist (Past-President’s) Mineralogical Association Canada

Graduate Students

MSc Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences


Li, M Russell, JK & Giordano, D (2021) Temperature-pressure-composition model for melt viscosity in the Di-An-Ab system. Chemical Geology 560, 1198951

Wilson, AM Russell, JK (2020) Glacial pumping of a magma-charged lithosphere: a model for glaciovolcanic causality in magmatic arcs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 548, 1165002

Giordano, D Russell, JK González-García, D Bersani, D Dingwell, DB Del Negro, C (2020) Raman Spectroscopy from laboratory and proximal to remote sensing: A tool for the volcanological sciences. Remote Sensing, 12, 805


Russell JK, Kavanagh JL Sparks RSJ 2019. Kimberlite volcanology: Transport, ascent and eruption. Elements 15, 405-410.

Wilson AM, Russell JK, Ward BC 2019. Paleo-glacier reconstruction in southwestern British Columbia, Canada: A glaciovolcanic model. Quaternary Science Reviews 218, 178-188.

Jones TJ, Russell JK, D Sasse D 2019. Modification of Mantle Cargo by Turbulent Ascent of Kimberlite. Frontiers in Earth Science 7, 134.


Giordano D, Russell JK  2018. Towards a structural model for the visocity of geological melts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 501, 202-212.

Ryan AG, Friedlander EA, Russell JK, Heap MJ, Kennedy LA 2018. Hot pressing in conduit faults during lava dome extrusion: Insights from Mount St. Helens 2004–2008. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, 171-180

Scott Smith B.H., Nowicki T.E., Russell J.K., Webb K.J., Mitchell R.H., Hetman C.M., Skinner E.M.W. and Robey J.V., 2018.  A Glossary of kimberlite and related terms. Published by Scott-Smith Petrology Inc., North Vancouver, Canada. 3 Parts, 259pp. [Link:


Russell JK, Giordano D 2017. Modelling configurational entropy of silicate melts. Chemical Geology. 461:140-151.

Ryan AG, Russell JK, Nichols ARL, Hess K-U, Porritt L. 2015. Experiments and models on H2O retrograde solubility in volcanic systems. American Mineralogist 100, 774-786.

Russell JK, Edwards B.R, Porritt L, Ryane C.. 2014. Tuyas: a descriptive genetic classification. Quaternary Science Reviews. 87:70-81.

Campbell ME, Russell JK, Porritt L. 2013. Thermomechanical milling of accessory lithics in volcanic conduits. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 377:276-286.

Russell JK, Porritt L, Lavallee Y, Dingwell DB. 2012. Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy. Nature. 481:352–356.

Giordano D, Russell JK, Dingwell DB. 2008. Viscosity of magmatic liquids: a model. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 271:123–134.