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
Von Damm, K. L., Parker, C. M., Zierenberg, R. A., Lilley, M. D., Olson, E. J., Clague, D. A., McClain, J. S., (2005). The Escanaba Trough, Gorda Ridge hydrothermal system: Temporal stability and subseafloor complexity Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, 4971-4984.
Moore, James G., Clague, David A., Beeson, Melvin H., Smith, J. R., Anonymou, (1997). Observations of north submarine slope of East Molokai, Hawaii [Monograph] Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, 93rd annual meeting [modified] .
Kent, Adam J. R., Clague, David A., Honda, Masahiko, Stolper, Edward M., Hutcheon, Ian D., Norman, Marc D., (1999). Widespread assimilation of a seawater-derived component at Loihi Seamount, Hawaii .
Hein, James R., Clague, David A., Koski, Randolph A., Embley, Robert W., Dunham, Rachel E., (2008). Metalliferous Sediment and a Silica-Hematite Deposit within the Blanco Fracture Zone, Northeast Pacific Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 26, 317-339.
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.
Potuzak, Marcel, Nichols, Alexander R. L., Dingwell, Donald B., Clague, David A., (2008). Hyperquenched volcanic glass from Loihi Seamount, Hawaii Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 270, 54-62.
Yang, H.J., Frey, F.A., Clague, D.A., (2003). Constraints on the source components of lavas forming the Hawaiian North Arch and Honolulu Volcanics Journal of Petrology, 44, 603-627.
Clague, David A., Dixon, Jacqueline E., (2000). Extrinsic controls on the evolution of Hawaiian ocean island volcanoes Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: G3, 1, .
Hill, T.M., Spero, H.J., Guilderson, T., LaVigne, M., Clague, D., Macalello, S., Jang, N., (2011). Temperature and vital effect controls on bamboo coral (Isididae) isotope geochemistry: A test of the “lines method” Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, Q04008.
Clague, David A., Moore, James G., Reynolds, Jennifer R., (2000). Formation of submarine flat-topped volcanic cones in Hawai'i Bulletin of Volcanology, 62, 214-233.