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

MBARI’s seafloor maps provide new information about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount

Dec 15, 2016 - Axial Seamount, a large underwater volcano off of the Oregon coast, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having last erupted in 2015. At the Fall 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, MBARI researchers unveiled a new seafloor map that reveals previously undocumented lava flows from the 2015 eruption.
Recent publications
Sanborn, Kelsey L., Webster, Jody M., Yokoyama, Yusuke, Dutton, Andrea, Braga, Juan C., Clague, David A., Paduan, Jennifer B., Wagner, Daniel, Rooney, John J., Hansen, John R., (2017). New evidence of Hawaiian coral reef drowning in response to meltwater pulse-1A. Quaternary Science Reviews, 175: 60-72.
Goffredi, S. K., Johnson, S. B., Tunnicliffe, V., Caress, D., Clague, D., Escobar, E., Lundsten, L., Paduan, J. B., Rouse, G., Salcedo, D. L., Soto, L. A., Spelz-Madero, R., Zierenberg, R., Vrijenhoek, R., (2017). Hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California clarify role of habitat in augmenting regional diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284: .
Gao, Ruohan, Lassiter, J.C., Barnes, J.D., Clague, D.A., Bohrson, W. A., (2016). Geochemical investigation of Gabbroic Xenoliths from Hualalai Volcano: Implications for lower oceanic crust accretion and Hualalai Volcano magma storage system. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 442: 162-172.
Clague, David A., Frey, Frederick A., Garcia, Michael O., Huang, Shichun, McWilliams, Michael, Beeson, Melvin H., (2016). Compositional heterogeneity of the Sugarloaf melilite nephelinite flow, Honolulu Volcanics, Hawai‘i. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 185: 251-277.
Coumans, Jason P., Stix, John, Clague, David A., Minarik, William G., Layne, Graham D., (2016). Melt-rock interaction near the Moho: Evidence from crystal cargo in lavas from near-ridge seamounts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 191: 139-164.
Chadwick, W. W., Paduan, J. B., Clague, D. A., Dreyer, B. M., Merle, S. G., Bobbitt, A. M., Caress, D. W., Philip, B. T., Kelley, D. S., Nooner, S. L., (2016). Voluminous eruption from a zoned magma body after an increase in supply rate at Axial Seamount. Geophysical Research Letters, 43: 12063–12070 .
Cousens, B.L., Clague, D.A., (2015). Shield to rejuvenated stage volcanism on Kauai and Niihau, Hawaiian Islands. Journal of Petrology, 56: 1547-1584.
Coumans, Jason P., Stix, John, Clague, David A., Minarik, William G., (2015). The magmatic architecture of Taney Seamount-A, NE Pacific Ocean. Journal of Petrology, 56: 1037-1067.
Xu, G., Huang, S., Frey, F.A., Blichert-Toft, J., Abouchami, W., Clague, D.A., Cousens, B., Moore, J.G., Beeson, M.H., (2014). The distribution of geochemical heterogeneities in the source of Hawaiian shield lavas as revealed by a transect across the strike of the Loa and Kea spatial trends: East Molokai to West Molokai to Penguin Bank. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 132: 214-237.
Sinton, J.M., Eason, D.E., Tardona, M., Pyle, D., van der Zander, I., Guillou, H., Clague, D.A., Mahoney, J.J., (2014). Ka'ena Volcano–A precursor volcano on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Geological Society of America : .