Helge Gonnermann

Associate Professor

Room Number: 219
(713) 348-6263
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2004 - University of California, Berkeley, Earth Science, PhD
1995 - University of Arizona, Tucson, Geophysics, MS
1992 - University of Montana, Missoula, BA


physical volcanology, fluid dynamics, geodynamics

Selected Publications

Moitra, P. and Gonnermann, H.M., Effects of crystal shape- and size-modality on magma rheology, Geophys. Geochem. Geosys., 16, doi:10.1002/2014GC005554 (2015).

Gonnermann, H.M., Magma fragmentation, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 43, doi:10.1146/annurev-earth-060614-105206 (2015).

Gonnermann, H.M. and Taisne, B., Magma Transport in Dikes, in 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (2015).

Giachetti, T., Gonnermann, H.M., Gardner, J.E., Shea, T., Gouldstone, A., Discriminating secondary from primary water in rhyolitic matrix-glass of volcanic pyroclasts using thermogravimetric analysis, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 148, 457-476, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.10.017 (2015).

Nguyen, C.T., Gonnermann, H.M. and Houghton, B.F., Explosive to effusive transition during the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, Geology, 42, 703–706, doi:10.1130/G35593.1 (2014).

Gonnermann, H.M. and Gardner, J.E., Homogeneous bubble nucleation in rhyolitic melt: experiments and non-classical theory, Geophys. Geochem. Geosys., 14(6), 2013GC004873, doi:10.1002/ggge.20281 (2013).

Nguyen, C.T., Gonnermann, H.M., Chen, Y., Huber, C., Maiorano, A.A., Gouldstone, A. and Dufek, J., Film drainage and the lifetime of bubbles, Geophys. Geochem. Geosys., doi:10.1002/ggg3.20198 (2013).

Montagna, C.P. and Gonnermann, H.M., Magma flow between summit and Pu`u `O`o at Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, Geophys. Geochem. Geosys., doi:10.1002/ggge.20145 (2013).

Giachetti, T. and Gonnermann, H. M., Water in volcanic pyroclasts: rehydration or incomplete degassing? Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 369-370, 317-332, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.03.041 (2013).

Gonnermann, H.M. and Manga, M., Dynamics of magma ascent in the volcanic conduit, in Modeling Volcanic Processes, The Physics and Mathematics of Volcanism, eds. Fagents, S.A., Gregg, T.K.P. and Lopes, R.M.C., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2013).

Gonnermann, H.M., Foster, J.H., Poland, M., Wolfe, C.J., Brooks, B.A. and Miklius, A., Coupling at Mauna Loa and Kilauea by stress transfer in an asthenospheric melt layer, Nature Geosci., 5, 826-829, doi:10.1038/ngeo1612 (2012).

Gonnermann, H.M. and Houghton, B.F., Magma degassing during the Plinian eruption of Novarupta, Alaska, 1912, Geophys. Geochem. Geosys., 13(10), Q10009, doi:10.1029/2012GC004273 (2012).

Gonnermann, H.M. and Mukhopadhyay, S., Preserving noble gases in a convecting mantle, Nature, 459, 560-563 (2009).

Houghton, B.F. and Gonnermann, H.M., Basaltic explosive volcanism: Constraints from deposits and models, Chem. Erde Geochem., 68, 117-140 (2008).

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

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

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

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

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

Gonnermann, H.M., Manga, M. and Jellinek, A.M., Dynamics and longevity of an initially stratifed mantle, Geophys. Res. Lett. 29, 10.1029/2002GL014851 (2002).