Kirsten Hodge


Director, Pacific Museum of Earth

EOS-South 161
(604) 822-8379

I am a volcanologist with training in experimental fluid dynamics who studies how magma moves and mixes below volcanoes. I use lab experiments to answer questions arising from detailed field observations (e.g. testing models for magmatic enclave formation) and to understand the fundamental physics of the transport of material into, within, and out of magma chambers. My work aims to unravel the dynamic processes that occur below volcanoes prior to eruption and understand how plutonic rocks exposed at Earth’s surface preserve these time-dependent processes. The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how magma chambers grow, differentiate, and ultimately erupt at Earth’s surface. My research contributes to our understanding of fundamental geologic processes such as continental crust formation, magma chamber growth, and volcanic eruption triggers.

Image: Cross-section of a ladder dike in Tuolumne Meadows, California. 


Image: Incomplete magma mixing as dense mafic magma sinks into mushy silicic magma. Coastal Maine Plutonic Suite, Maine. 


Image: Incomplete magma mixing in the Coastal Maine Plutonic Suite, Maine. 


Image: Incomplete magma mixing between injected mafic magma and silicic host in the Coastal Maine Plutonic Suite, Maine. 





Images: Experimental regimes for magma deformation. From top to bottom: (a)"Rayleigh-Taylor regime", (b)"Break-up regime", and (c)"Ponding regime". 

  • PhD in Geophysics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2012.
  • BA (Honors) in Geology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. 2006.


Hodge KF, Jellinek M. 2017. Mixing magmas: A mechanical recipe for Earth's continental crust. 2017 IAVCEI meeting, Portland. 


Wiebe RA, Jellinek A.M, Hodge KF. 2016. New insights into the origin of ladder dikes: Implications for punctuated growth and crystal accumulation in the Cathedral Peak granodiorite. Lithos. 


Hodge KF. 2014. Planetary Picks: A closer look at Mars–Public outreach at the Pacific Museum of Earth, Vancouver. 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Hodge KF. 2014. Boise State University's Geology field school: A geological, educational, and cultural experience in Sardinia, Italy. 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 


Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Experimental constraints on the deformation and breakup of injected magma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 325-326:52-62.

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Linking enclave formation to magma rheology. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 117

Verberne R, Hodge KF, Ulmer P, Muntener O. 2012. Constraints on Magma migration during Pluton emplacement from the break up of a syn-plutonic Dike in the southern Adamello Batholith. 4D-Adamello Conference. 1

Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Montague X, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Magmatic structures in the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, California: a new model for the formation and deformation of ladder dikes. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 164:587–600.

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2012. A Simple Mechanical Recipe for Andesites. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2886.

Hodge KF. 2012. Field and experimental constraints on the deformation and breakup of injected magma


Verberne R, Hodge KF, Ulmer P, Muntener O. 2011. Quantifying deformation in a magma reservoir-a rheology study of the Listino Ring Structure, Adamello Massif, N-Italy. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2658.

Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2011. Experimental constraints on the formation of mafic enclaves vs. mafic layers: Why are some silicic plutons layered and others not?AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2580.


Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2010. Field and experimental constraints on the deformation and break-up up of injected magma (Invited). AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 


Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2008. Linking a Magma's Microstructure to a Macroscopic Description of its Rheology. 2008 IAVCEI meeting, Iceland. 

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2008. Field And Experimental Constraints on the Rheology of Silicic Magma. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2215.


Hodge K, Miller C, Miller J, Faulds J. 2006. Dike emplacement at the Searchlight, NV, volcano-plutonic complex. 102nd Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section, GSA, 81st Annual Meeting of the Pacific Section, AAPG, and the Western Regional Meeting of the Alaska Section, SPE. 

Miller J, Miller C, Wooden J, Perrault D, Hodge KF, Faulds J, Cates N, Means M. 2006. A 2 million year history of plutonism and volcanism in the searchlight magma system, Eldorado Mountains, Nevada (USA). AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:1714.

Bazar D, Miller J, Miller C, Dodge M, Hodge KF, Faulds J. 2006. Eruption of Deep Mushy Magma from the Searchlight Magma System, Southern Nevada (USA): a Crystal Size Distribution and Geochemical Analysis. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:1667.


Grice W.C, Foster D., Kalakay T., Bleick H.A, Hodge K.F. 2004. Style and Timing of Crustal Attenuation in the Anaconda Metamorphic Core Complex, Western Montana. 2004 Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.