Kari Cooper in her geochemistry lab. photo ©2012 Robert Durell

Kari Cooper in the geochemistry clean lab.

Kari M. Cooper

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2001)
Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyGeochemistry

Geochemistry, volcanology, and igneous petrology. Research focuses on timescales of magmatic processes, from melt generation and transport to storage and crystallization in crustal reservoirs, and on tracing the distribution and abundance of crustal materials that have been recycled through the mantle. The analytical techniques used to address these problems include uranium-series disequilibria measured in volcanic rocks and minerals and stable isotope measurements (oxygen and lithium) of fresh and altered midocean ridge basalts.

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Recent Publications

Cooper, KM and AJR Kent (2014) Rapid Remobilization Of Magmatic Crystals Kept In Cold Storage. NATURE. Online publication:1476-4687. DOI: 10.1038/nature12991

Stelten, M, KM Cooper, J Vazquez, J Wimpenny, G Barfod, QZ Yin (2013) Magma mixing and the generation of isotopically juvenile silicic magma at Yellowstone caldera inferred from coupling 238U-230Th ages with trace elements and Hf and O isotopes in zircon and Pb isotopes in sanidine. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY. 166(2):587-613. DOI: 10.1007/s00410-013-0893-2

Gao, Y, F Vils, T Elliott, J Hoefs, C Laverne, KM Cooper, N Banerjee, DAH Teagle, JF Casey, and JC Alt (2012) Down-Hole variation of lithium and oxygen isotopic compositions of oceanic crust at East Pacific Rise, ODP Site 1256D. GEOCHEMISTRY, GEOPHYSICS, GEOSYSTEMS. 13(10) DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004207

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