Alaska Science Center
Education and/or Training
Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests
Research on volcanic and magmatic processes, geochemistry, petrology, evolution of volcanic systems; geologic mapping.
Professional Activities and/or Memberships
Member, American Geophysical Union, 1995-present
Honors and/or Awards
2003, STAR Award, USGS, for outstanding contributions towards project work.
Total pubs: 12
Coombs, M. L., R. G. McGimsey, and B. L. Browne. 2008. Preliminary volcano-hazard assessment for Gareloi Volcano, Gareloi Island, Alaska. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5159, 36 p. [Details] [Full Publication]Coombs, M. L., C. A. Neal, R. L. Wessels, and R. G. McGimsey. 2006. Geothermal disruption of ice at Mount Spurr Volcano, 2004 - 2006: An unusual manifestation of volcanic unrest in Alaska. In Haeussler, P., and Galloway, J., (eds.). Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2005. USGS Professional Paper 1732-B [Details] [Full Publication] Coombs, M. L., T. Sisson, and P. Lipman. 2006. Growth history of Kilauea inferred from volatile concentrations in submarine-collected basalts. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 151:19-49. [Details] Lipman, P. and M. L. Coombs. 2006. Submarine slump failure during the early(?) tholeiitic shield stage of a Hawaiian volcano: North Kona flank of Hualalai. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 151:189-216. [Details] Hammer, J., M. L. Coombs, P. Shamberger, and J-I. Kimura. 2006. Submarine sliver in North Kona: A window into the early magmatic and growth history of Hualalai Volcano, Hawaii. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 151:157-188. [Details] Lipman, P., T. Sisson, M. L. Coombs, and J-I. Kimura. 2006. Piggyback tectonics: Long-term growth of Kilauea on the south flank of Mauna Loa. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 152:73-108. [Details] Coombs, M. L. and J. Gardner. 2004. Reaction rim growth on olivine in silicic melt: Implications for magma mixing. American Mineralogist 89:748-759. [Details] Coombs, M. L., D. Clague, P. Shamberger, and B. Cousens. 2004. The growth and collapse of Waianae volcano, Hawaii, as revealed by exploration of its submarine flanks. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 5. doi:10.1029/2004GC000717 [Details] [Full Publication] Coombs, M. L., T. Sisson, and J-I. Kimura. 2004. Ultra-high chlorine in submarine Kilauea glasses: Evidence for assimilation of brine by magma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 217:297-313. [Details] Coombs, M. L., J. Eichelberger, and M. Rutherford. 2003. Experimental and textural constraints on mafic enclave formation in volcanic rocks. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 119:125-144. [Details] Coombs, M. L. and J. Gardner. 2001. Shallow storage conditions for the rhyolite of the 1912 eruption at Novarupta, Alaska. Geology 29:775-778. [Details] Coombs, M. L., J. Eichelberger, and M. Rutherford. 2000. Magma storage and mixing conditions for the 1953-1968 eruption of Southwest Trident volcano, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 140:99-118. [Details]