I study multiphase flow dynamics with an emphasis on volcanic flows and earth surface processes. I have interests in pyroclastic density current dynamics, submarine explosive eruptions, flow in porous media, and the deposition and remobilization of sediment. My work usually employs experimental and theoretical modeling. Field observations are becoming an increasingly central part of my research and I am actively engaged in oceanographic field work and field work in Northern California's Great Valley Sequence.

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2017 and am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Contact Info:

Kristen E. Fauria

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

283 Clark South

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050





09.23.2018 - Deploying ROV SuBastian during the Hunting Bubbles cruise on the R/V Falkor. We used SuBastian to image bubble plumes made of methane and to understand the fate of methane in the water column.

08.18.2018 - A new paper by Fauria and Manga was accepted in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. [link]

06.15.2018 - I recently returned from a month at sea and the popping rocks cruise. It was incredible to be able to dive in Alvin and visit the ocean floor. We brought up lots of popping rocks and - the treat for me - sediment cores containing volcanic ash.

01.10.2018 - One last week of California field work and shallow seismic surveys with Mong-Han Huang and Mariel Nelson (pictured below) before moving to Massachusetts.

12.15.2017 - PhinisheD!

11.30.2017 - I presented my exit seminar: How far, how fast and how long? Dynamics of pyroclastic density currents and submarine eruptions.

08.31.2017 - What a treat to get to go to IAVCEI in my home state of Oregon. I especially enjoyed the post-IAVCEI field trip to the Oregon Cascades and the chance to visit familiar sites with Berkeley friends and fresh perspectives.

07.28.2017 - I just returned from the AGU-SEG Hydrogeophysics Workshop at Stanford. I loved how the workshop format made room for lots of discussion and it was interesting to learn how shallow geophysics is being used to address Critical Zone questions.

05.23.2017 - Work on floating pumice with Michael Manga and Zihan Wei was highlighted by the Lawrence Berkeley Lab News Center. Check out the news release here.

02.10.2017 - I've recently returned from the AGU Chapman Conference on Submarine Volcanism in Hobart, Tasmania. What a great week learning about the vents, spreading centers, volcanoes, and observatories in our oceans as well as the frontiers ahead and the exciting questions that remain unanswered!

12.29.2016 - Why does pumice float and why does pumice sink? A new paper with Michael Manga and Zihan Wei and that addresses those questions was recently accepted in EPSL.

12.17.2016 - Governor Brown delivered an exceptional speech at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. Mong-Han Huang and I met with Governor Brown onstage afterwards.

09.03.2016 - Check out our new paper on particle entrainment in pyroclastic density currents in JGR: Solid Earth and here.

01.15.2016 - I've just returned from the 2016 Workshop on Volcanoes at Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala. The photo below shows a plume from an eruption at ~8am on January 9, 2016 of Santiaguito's Caliente Dome.

12.13.2015 - It is hard to believe that it is AGU time of year again. I'm looking forward to talking science with colleagues new and old this week.

05.08.2015 - I passed my qualifying exam! I'm happy to say that I'm now a PhD candidate.

04.27.2015 - The MESH expedition and the Roger Revelle have docked safely in port in Auckland, New Zealand. The past three weeks on the Roger Revelle have been incredible! Thanks so much to the crew of the Roger Revelle, the Jason and Sentry teams, and NSF for making MESH's scientific discoveries possible.

04.04.2015 - I'm on the Roger Revelle, half way between New Zealand and Tonga, exploring Havre seamount as part of MESH expedition. We are using autonomous underwater vehicle, Sentry, and remotely operated vehicle, Jason, to investigate new features from an explosive 2012 silicic eruption. After a week, we have collected over a hundred rock samples and made some significant discoveries on the seafloor. We have two more weeks of exploration to go. Follow our progress on our blog and expedition page: http://web.whoi.edu/mesh/

12.20.2014 - I had a great time at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting. Here is a link to my poster if you'd like to check it out: 2014_PDC_Fauria_3.pdf

04.20.2014 - I have safely returned from a fun and productive week of field work at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone. Thanks to Shaul Hurwitz for coordinating a successful field expedition!

04.02.2014 - I gave a presentation on suspended particle capture by vegetation at the Upper Truckee River Watershed Advisory Group spring meeting, Stateline, NV.

03.29.2014 - Returned from a week of Colorado River rafting with the UC Davis Ecogeomorphology class. Thanks to the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences for enabling an exceptionally fun and educational week for UC Davis (and former UC Davis) students.