Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
David A. Clague

Curriculum Vitae


  • 1974 Ph.D. (Earth Science) University of California at San Diego
  • 1970 B.A. (Geology) University of California at Santa Barbara

Employment History

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Senior Scientist 1999-present 
  • By-courtesy faculty appointment at Stanford University in the Department of Geology (1997-present)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Director of Research 1996-1999
  • Scientist-in-Charge, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory 1991-1996
  • Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey 1979-1996
  • Assist. Prof. of Geology, Middlebury College, VT 1975-1979
  • NRC Post-doctoral appointee, U.S. Geological Survey, CA 1974-1975

Recent Service to the Scientific Community

  • Member of the RIDGE Steering Committee (1994-1998)
  • Member of the AGU Fellows Committee (1996-1997)
  • Member of the AGU Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section Fellows Committee (1996-1997)


  • 1970 Woodhouse Scholar at University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 1984 Elected to Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
  • 1994 Elected to Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for contributions to geology and petrology of mid-ocean ridges and linear volcanic chains
  • 1995 Received the Department of the Interior's Meritorius Service Award
  • 1996 Received Community Service Award from the House of Representatives, State of Hawaii, for community education on geologic hazards
  • 1996 Received Commendation from the County of Hawaii for public education about the local environment.
  • 1997 Woodford-Eckis Lecturer at Pomona College, lecture entitled "Geologic Hazards and Risks: Lessons from Hawaii"
  • 2000 Elected to Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences
  • 2002 Collins Lecturer at Carleton University, lecture entitled “Submarine volcanic and hydrothermal activity on Loihi Seamount and Gorda Ridge”
  • 2003 Received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Geological Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 2003 Recognized as Information Sciences Institute (ISI) Highly Cited Researcher

Professional Societies

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow, California Academy of Sciences


  • Associate editor of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 1988-1992
  • Associate editor of the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 1992-1996
  • Co-editor of AGU Monograph on Submarine Explosive Volcanism, 2002

Field Experience

  • Conducted geologic mapping at Thetford Mines ophiolite in Quebec from 1975 to 1978.
  • Conducted mapping and sampling programs on Kauai, Niihau, East Molokai, West Molokai, Koolau, Hualalai, Kilauea, and Mauna Loa volcanoes from 1972-1996.
  • Monitored eruptions of Mauna Loa Volcanoe in 1984, and of Kilauea Volcano in 1983, 1984, 1991-1996.
  • Conducted geologic sampling and mapping in Archaean komatiite terrains in Western Australia, Finland, and Russia in 1994 and 1995.
  • Conducted limited fieldwork on the ocean islands of Iceland, Samoa, Reunion, Tahiti, and Tenerife.

Expedition Experience


  • List of recent publications by the Submarine Volcanism group

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