David A. Clague


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1781


Dave’s research interests are nearly all related to the formation and degradation of oceanic volcanoes, particularly Hawaiian volcanoes, mid-ocean ridges, and isolated seamounts. Topics of interest include: compositions of mantle sources for basaltic magmas and conditions of melting; development and evolution of magma chambers beneath spreading centers and Hawaiian volcanoes; volatile and rare-gas components in basaltic magmas and their degassing history; chronostratigraphic studies of eruption sequence and evolution of lava chemistry during volcano growth; subsidence of ocean volcanoes and its related crustal flexure, plate deformation, and magmatic activity; formation of cumulate xenoliths during different stages of Hawaiian volcanism; transport of volcaniclastic sediment on submarine slopes of volcanoes; geologic setting of hydrothermal activity; origin of isolated seamounts; monitoring of magmatic, tectonic, and hydrothermal activity at submarine and subaerial volcanoes; emplacement dynamics of subaerial and submarine lava flows; slope instability on volcanoes.

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In MBARI news

Mapping the next Hawaiian island

April 25, 2019 – MBARI researchers recently created a new map of Loihi, an undersea volcano that will be the next Hawaiian Island.
Recent publications
Béguelin, P., Bizimis, M., McIntosh, E.C., Cousens, B., Clague, D.A., (2019). Sources vs processes: Unraveling the compositional heterogeneity of rejuvenated-type Hawaiian magmas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 514: 119-129.
Clague, D.A., Paduan, J.B., Caress, D.W., Moyer, C.L., Glazer, B.T., Yoerger, D.R., (2019). Structure of Lo‘ihi Seamount, Hawai'i and lava flow morphology from high-resolution mapping. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7: .
Le Saout, M., Clague, D.A, Paduan, J.B., (2019). Evolution of fine-scale segmentation at intermediate-spreading rate ridges. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems : .
Maschmeyer, C.H., White, S.M., Dreyer, B.M., Clague, D.A, (2019). High-Silica Lava Morphology at Ocean Spreading Ridges: Machine-Learning Seafloor Classification at Alarcon Rise. Geosciences, 9: 1-21.
Clague, D.A., Caress, D.W., Dreyer, B.M., Lundsten, L., Paduan, J.B., Portner, R.A., Spelz-Madero, R., Bowles, J.A., Castillo, P.R., Guardado-France, R., Le Saout, M., Martin, J.F., Santa Rosa-del Rio, M.A., Zierenber, R.A., (2018). Geology of the Alarcon Rise, Southern Gulf of California. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 19: 807-837.
Clague, D., Marsaglia, K.M., Cousens, B.L., Paduan, J.B., (2018). Oligocene and Miocene volcanics in the sedimentary forearc of the Outer California Borderland. Society for Sedimentary Geology, 110: .
Clague, D., Paduan, J., Dreyer, B., Chadwick Jr., W.W., Rubin, K., Perfit, M.R., Fundis, A.T., (2018). Chemical variations in the 1998, 2011, and 2015 lava flows from axial seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge: Cooling during ascent, lateral transport, and flow. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 19: .
Gill, J., Michael, P., Woodcock, J., Dreyer, B., Ramos, F., Clague, D., Kela, J., Scott, S., Konrad, K., Stakes, D., (2018). Corrigendum to: 'Spatial and temporal scale of mantle enrichment at the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge'. Journal of Petrology, 59: 863-896.
Jones, M.R., Soule, S.A., Gonnermann, H.M., Le Roux, V., Clague, D.A., (2018). Magma ascent and lava flow emplacement rates during the 2011 Axial Seamount eruption based on CO2 degassing. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 494: 32-41.
Paduan, J.B., Zierenberg, R.A., Clague, D.A., Spelz, R.M., Caress, D.W., Troni, G., Thomas, H., Glessner, J., Lilley, M.D., Lorenson, T., Lupton, J., Neumann, F., Santa Rosa del-Rio, M.A., Wheat., C.G. , (2018). Discovery of hydrothermal vent fields on Alarcón Rise and in Southern Pescadero Basin, Gulf of California. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19: 4788-4819.