Annual/Adjunct Member

Bemis, Karen


  • Ph.D. Rutgers University 1995 Geological Sciences - A morphometric study of volcanoes in Guatemala, Iceland,
    the Snake River Plain, and the South Pacific
  • M.S. MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, 1991 - Oceanography Geothermal heat flux from hydrothermal plumes on the Juan de Fuca Ridge
  •  B.A. Rice University - 1988 - Geophysics (magna cum laude)

Research Interests

  • Marine Geophysics - hydrothermal plume behavior, heat flux
  • Volcanology - volcano morphology, cinder cone eruption dynamics, grain flow 
  • Visualization - applications of 3D visualization to volcanology and marine geophysics 


  • Liu, L., Silver, D., Bemis, K. Visualizing Three-Dimensional Ocean Eddies in Web Browsers, IEEE Access, 7, 44734-44747, 2019.
  • Xu, G., Chadwick Jr, W. W., Wilcock, W. S., Bemis, K. G., & Delaney, J., Observation and Modeling of Hydrothermal Response to the 2015 Eruption at Axial Seamount, Northeast Pacific. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19(8), 2780-2797, 2018.
  • Bemis, K. G., and Ferencz, M., Morphometric analysis of scoria cone: the potential for inferring process from shape. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 446, doi:10.1144/SP446.9, 2017.
  • Bemis, K. G., Silver, D., Xu. G., Light, R., Jackson, D., Jones, C., Ozer, S., Liu, L., The path to COVIS: a review of acoustic imaging of hydrothermal plumes. Deep Sea Reseach Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 121, 159-176, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.06.002, 2015.
  • Rona, P., K. G. Bemis, G. Xu, and K. Mitsuzawa, Estimations of heat transfer from Grotto’s North Tower: a NEPTUNE Observatory case study, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 121, 95-111, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.05.010, 2015.
  • Bemis, K., Lowell, R., and Farough, A., Diffuse flow on and around hydrothermal vents at mid-ocean ridges, Oceanography, 25(1), 182-191,, 2012.
  • Bemis, K., Walker, J., Borgia, A., Turrin, B., Neri, M., and Swisher, C., The growth and erosion of cinder cones in Guatemala and El Salvador: models and statistics, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.11.007, 2011.
  • Bemis, K., D. Silver, P. Rona, and J. Cowen, A particle sedimentation model of buoyant jets: observations of hydrothermal plumes, Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 47, 379-384. 2006.
  • Bemis, K.G., P.A. Rona, D. Jackson, C. Jones, D. Silver, K. Mitsuzawa, A comparison of black smoker hydrothermal plume behavior at Monolith Vent and at Clam Acres vent field: dependence on source configuration, Marine Geophys. Res., 23, 81-96, 2002.