Helge Gonnermann

SOEST Young Investigator

Department of Geology and Geophysics, SOEST, University of Hawaii





Contact information

Deptment of Geology and Geophysics

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

University of Hawaii

20 1680 East West Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: 808 956 5036

Fax: 808 956 5512



Fluid processes in the Earth

- Volatiles in magma: Bubble growth, coalescence, outgassing, fragmentation
- Magma flow in volcanic conduits: Controls on eruption styles.
- Volatiles in the deep Earth: Major and rare gases, mantle reservoirs, outgassing and heat flow
- Volatiles in the early Earth: Ingassing, magma ocean, differentiation.
- Thermal and thermochemical convection in planetary mantles and in magma chambers

- Subvolcanic magma flow: From partial melts to magma chambers























Education and Positions

B.A., University of Montana 1992

M.S., University of Arizona 1995

Hydrogeologist, Geomatrix Consultants 1996-1999

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 2004

Daly Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University 2005-2006

SOEST Young Investigator, University of Hawaii 2006-present



Gonnermann, HM and S. Mukhopadhyay (2007) Non-equilibrium degassing and a primordial source for helium in ocean-island volcanism.  Nature 449:1037-1040 download pdf

Gonnermann, HM and M Manga (2007) The fluid mechanics of volcanic eruptions.  Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 39:321-356 download pdf

Gonnermann, HM and M Manga (2005b) Nonequilibrium magma degassing: Results from modeling of the ca. 1340 A.D. eruption of Mono Craters, California.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 238:1-16  download pdf

Gonnermann, HM and M Manga (2005a) Flow banding in obsidian: A record of evolving textural heterogeneity during magma deformation.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 236:135-147  download pdf

Gonnermann, HM, AM Jellinek, MA Richards, M Manga (2004) Modulation of mantle plumes and heat flow at the core mantle boundary by plate-scale flow: results from laboratory experiments.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 226:56-67  download pdf

Gonnermann, HM and M Manga (2003) Explosive volcanism may not be an inevitable consequence of magma fragmentation.  Nature 426:432-435  download pdf

Jellinek, AM, Gonnermann, HM, MA Richards, (2003) Plume capture by divergent plate motions: implications for the distribution of hotspots, geochemistry of mid-ocean ridge basalts, and estimates of the heat flux at the core-mantle boundary.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 205:361-378  download pdf

Gonnermann, HM, M Manga, AM Jellinek (2002) Dynamics and longevity of an initially stratified mantle.  Geophys. Res. Lett. 29:10.1029/2002GL014851  download pdf




A PDF with a synopsis of my research


B.F. Houghton (University of Hawaii)

M. Jellinek (University of British Columbia)

M. Manga (UC Berkeley)

S. Mukhopadhyay (Harvard University)

B. Brooks (University of Hawaii)

M. Saar (University of Minnesota)


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