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

PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences


Campbell ME, Porritt L, Russell JK. 2016. Forensic recovery of transient eruption parameters for the 2360 BP fall deposit, Mount Meager, British Columbia. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH. 312:11-25.

Russell JK, Giordano D.. 2016. Modelling configurational entropy of silicate melts. Chemical Geology. 461:140-151.

Vona A, Ryan AG, Russell JK, Romano C. 2016. Models for viscosity and shear localization in bubble-rich magmas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 449:26–38.


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.

Edwards BR, Gudmundson MT, Russell JK. 2015. Glaciovolcanism. Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. 

Ryan AG, Russell JK, Hess K-U, Phillion AB, Dingwell DB. 2015. Vesiculation in rhyolite at low H2O contents: A thermodynamic model. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 16:4292–4310.

Pell J, Russell JK, Zhang S. 2015. Kimberlite emplacement temperatures from conodont geothermometry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 411:131–141.

Brett RC, Russell JK, Andrews GDM, Jones TJ. 2015. The ascent of kimberlite: Insights from olivine. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 424:119–131.


Russell JK, Edwards B.R, Porritt L, Ryane C.. 2014. Tuyas: a descriptive genetic classification. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS. 87:70-81.

Jones T.J, Russell JK, Porritt L, Brown R.J. 2014. Morphology and surface features of olivine in kimberlite: implications for ascent processes. SOLID EARTH. 5:313-326.


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, Edwards BR, Porritt L. 2013. Pyroclastic passage zones in glaciovolcanic sequences. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. 4


Porritt L, Russell JK, Quane S.L. 2012. Pele's tears and spheres: Examples from Kilauea Iki. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS. 333:171-180.

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

Andrews GDM, Russell JK, Brown SR, Enkin RJ. 2012. Pleistocene reversal of the Fraser River, British Columbia. Geology. 40:111–114.


Brett RC, Russell JK, Moss S. 2009. Origin of olivine in kimberlite: Phenocryst or impostor? Lithos. 112:201–212.

Quane SL, Russell JK, Friedlander EA. 2009. Time scales of compaction in volcanic systems. Geology. 37:471–474.

Kennedy LA, Russell JK, Nelles E. 2009. Origins of Mount St. Helens cataclasites: experimental insights. American Mineralogist. 94:995–1004.


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