Katharine Cashman

Katharine Venable Cashman FRS MAE[4][5] is an American volcanologist, professor of volcanology at the University of Bristol[3] and former Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science at the University of Oregon.

Katharine Cashman

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Katharine Cashman at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Katharine Venable Cashman

(1954-07-19) 19 July 1954 (age 65)[1]
Alma mater
AwardsRoyal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
Scientific career
ThesisCrystal size distribution in igneous and metamorphic rocks (1987)
Doctoral advisorBruce Marsh[3]


Cashman was educated at Middlebury College, Vermont where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology and Biology in 1976. She continued her studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and then completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, in 1986.[6] Her PhD research applied theories of crystal size distributions to volcanic systems, and was supervised by Bruce Marsh.[3][7]

Career and researchEdit

She was an assistant professor at Princeton University from 1986 to 1991, and then an associate professor (1991–1997) and full professor (1997–present) at the University of Oregon. She moved to the University of Bristol in 2011 on a research professorship funded by the AXA insurance.[3][8]

Cashman studies links between chemical and physical factors that control magma ascent, eruption, and emplacement on the Earth's surface. She has studied volcanoes on all seven continents and explored a wide range of eruption styles. She is best known for her work that links the kinetics of bubble and crystal formation to the behaviour of volcanic materials, but has worked on problems that span from the chemical to physical to social aspects of volcanism. She has worked with all the US volcano observatories and served on the scientific advisory committee for the island of Montserrat.[4][9][10]

Her research uses a combination of volcanology, igneous petrology, kinetics, microscopy and fluid dynamics with a focus on mafic volcanoes. This includes channel development in Hawaiian lava flows and volcanic ash formation in eruptions. She also has interests in intermediate composition and silicic volcanoes, particularly at Mount St. Helens.[11][12]

Awards and honoursEdit

Cashman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.[13] She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.[4] As of 2016 she holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.[3] She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Academia Europaea.[4][5][14] She is a member of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IACVEI).[2]


  1. ^ Katharine V. Cashman at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b "Katharine Cashman CV". uoregon.edu. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "About Professor Katharine Cashman". Bristol: University of Bristol. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Professor Katherine Cashman FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  5. ^ a b Hoffmann, Ilire Hasani, Robert. "Academy of Europe: List Members By Alphabet". ae-info.org. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  6. ^ Cashman, Katharine Venable (1987). Crystal size distribution in igneous and metamorphic rocks (PhD thesis). Johns Hopkins University. OCLC 78821149. ProQuest 303489334.
  7. ^ Cashman, Katharine V.; Marsh, Bruce D. (1988). "Crystal size distribution (CSD) in rocks and the kinetics and dynamics of crystallization II: Makaopuhi lava lake". Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 99 (3): 292–305. doi:10.1007/BF00375363.
  8. ^ "Katharine Cashman: AXA Chair in Volcanology". axa-research.org. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016.
  9. ^ Klug, Caroline; Cashman, Katharine V. (1996). "Permeability development in vesiculating magmas: implications for fragmentation". Bulletin of Volcanology. 58 (2–3): 87–100. doi:10.1007/s004450050128.
  10. ^ Katharine Cashman publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  11. ^ "Professor Katharine V Cashman". Bristol: University of Bristol. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016.
  12. ^ Cashman, Katharine V. (1992). "Groundmass crystallization of Mount St. Helens dacite, 1980–1986: a tool for interpreting shallow magmatic processes". Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 109 (4): 431–449. doi:10.1007/BF00306547.
  13. ^ "National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected". Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Katharine Cashman MAE". ae-info.org. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.