Who am I?
I am a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis. Most of my research focuses around understanding what is happening in the reservoir systems beneath volcanoes - how magmas evolve and interact with each other and with their surroundings. My particular focus is on connecting the records of chemical changes contained within volcanic crystals to their ages in order to understand the time scales and conditions of magmatic processes. Take a look at my research page for more information about current and recent projects.
I also teach courses ranging from Volcanoes for non-majors to graduate courses in U-series geochemistry. For more information see my teaching page.
Questions? Want more information? My contact details are here.
News from the research group:
- December 2016: will be co-convening an AGU session Volcanic Plumbing Systems and Surface Processes (Friday of AGU)
- 2016: Undergraduates Cassi King and Ellyn Huggins finished undergraduate theses (and their BS work)!
- 2016: Paper published on Iceland oxygen and U-series dating: Kari M. Cooper, Kenneth W.W. Sims, John M. Eiler, and Neil Banerjee, 2016, Time scales of storage and recycling of crystal mush at Krafla Volcano, Iceland, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 171, no. 54, DOI 10.1007/s00410-016-1267-3.
- 2016: Allie Rubin published a paper on her PhD research: Allison Rubin*, Kari M. Cooper, Marissa Leever, Josh Wimpenny, Chad Deering, Tyrone Rooney, Darren Gravley, Qing-zhu Yin, 2016, “Changes in magma storage conditions following caldera collapse at Okataina Volcanic Center, New Zealand” Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 171, no. 4, DOI 10.1007/s00410-015-1216-6.
- Feb 2016: Presented department seminar at UCLA
- December 2015: Kari and Allie Rubin both had invited presentations at AGU Fall Meeting
- Mark Stelten published a paper related to his PhD work: Mark E. Stelten*, Kari M. Cooper, Jorge A. Vazquez, Andrew T. Calvert, and Justin J.G. Glessner, 2015, “Mechanisms and timescales of generating eruptible rhyolitic magmas at Yellowstone caldera from zircon and sanidine geochronology and geochemistry.” Journal of Petrology 2015; doi: 10.1093/petrology/egv047August 2015: Kari presented a keynote at Goldschmidt in Prague.
- July 2015: Kari was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
- May 2015: Review paper published online: Kari M. Cooper, 2015, “Time scales of crustal magma reservoir processes: Insights from U-series crystal ages”, in Luca Caricchi and Jonathan Blundy, eds., “Chemical, Physical and Temporal Evolution of Magmatic Systems,” Geological Society of London Special Publications, 422. Available here or email me for a pdf version.
- April 2015: Paper published by Heather Wright et al. on dating of Holocene eruptions of the Salton Buttes. Available here or email me for a pdf.
- December 2014: Congrats to Mark Stelten for successfully defending and finishing his PhD! Mark has started a postdoc at the USGS - Menlo Park.
- December 2014: Fall AGU: The research group had five presentations, including two invited presentations. Congrats to Mark Stelten for earning an Outstanding Student Presentation Award!
- November 2014: Kari presented department seminar at UCSB
- October 2014: Kari was a presenter in short course at GSA: "EarthScope: Geochronology and the Earth Sciences"
- September 2014: Our research featured on The Academic Minute
- June 2014: Goldschmidt conference in Sacramento. Presented research on Taupo Volcanic Zone and Yellowstone by PhD students Allie Rubin and Mark Stelten
- February 2014: Kari was interviewed on PRI Science Friday on magma thermal histories
- February 2014: Kari was a keynote speaker at The Frontiers of U-series Research symposium, Sydney, Australia
- February 2014: Nature paper published: Kari M. Cooper and Adam J.R. Kent, 2014, Rapid remobilization of magmatic crystals kept in cold storage
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