Kirsten Hodge


Director, Pacific Museum of Earth

EOS-South 161
(604) 822-8379

I am currently the Director of the Pacific Museum of Earth (PME), one of UBC's main outreach hubs. Located in the Earth and Ocean Sciences Main building, the PME provides an educational window into the wide variety of research conducted in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. My role as Director is to oversee how the museum engages, excites, and educates the UBC community as well as local youth and teachers. Our work at the PME provides a link between the fundamental science that shapes our planet ("how science works in general") to topics that have environmental, economic, and societal importance ("why do we care?").

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Since we as a community are linked to both the good & bad advances in science, it is critical to understand the basics of how our planet works. This knowledge will help us interpret and evaluate, for example, the media's coverage of current scientific events.  As scientists, we are storytellers armed with the knowledge of how and why stuff works. It's my commitment as Director of the PME to leverage this skill and create a fun and engaging space (both physical & virtual) where UBC's top Earth and planetary science scholars can disseminate their expertise. 

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My science background: I am trained as a volcanologist and science educator. My past research used experimental fluid dynamics to understand how magma moves and mixes below volcanoes. I used lab experiments to answer questions arising from detailed field observations (e.g. testing models for magmatic enclave formation) and to understand the fundamental physics of the transport of material into, within, and out of magma reservoirs. The goal of this work was to unravel the dynamic processes that occur below volcanoes prior to eruption and understand how plutonic rocks exposed at Earth’s surface preserve these time-dependent processes. The overarching goal of this research was to better understand how magma reservoirs grow, differentiate, and ultimately erupt at Earth’s surface. The works contributes to our understanding of fundamental geologic processes such as continental crust formation, magma chamber growth, and volcanic eruption triggers.

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If you are a current UBC student (graduate or undergraduate) with an interest in museum studies, geoscience education, and/or public science outreach please get in touch with me for current museum volunteer positions:



  • PhD in Geophysics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2012.
  • BA (Honors) in Geology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. 2006.


Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2020. The Influence of Magma Mixing on the Composition of Andesite Magmas and Silicic Eruption Style. Geophysical Research Letters.


Hodge KF, Jellinek M. 2017. Mixing magmas: A mechanical recipe for Earth's continental crust. 2017 IAVCEI meeting, Portland. 


Wiebe RA, Jellinek A.M, Hodge KF. 2016. New insights into the origin of ladder dikes: Implications for punctuated growth and crystal accumulation in the Cathedral Peak granodiorite. Lithos. 


Hodge KF. 2014. Planetary Picks: A closer look at Mars–Public outreach at the Pacific Museum of Earth, Vancouver. 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Hodge KF. 2014. Boise State University's Geology field school: A geological, educational, and cultural experience in Sardinia, Italy. 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 


Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Experimental constraints on the deformation and breakup of injected magma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 325-326:52-62.

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Linking enclave formation to magma rheology. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 117

Verberne R, Hodge KF, Ulmer P, Muntener O. 2012. Constraints on Magma migration during Pluton emplacement from the break up of a syn-plutonic Dike in the southern Adamello Batholith. 4D-Adamello Conference. 1

Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Montague X, Jellinek A.M. 2012. Magmatic structures in the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, California: a new model for the formation and deformation of ladder dikes. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 164:587–600.

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2012. A Simple Mechanical Recipe for Andesites. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2886.

Hodge KF. 2012. Field and experimental constraints on the deformation and breakup of injected magma


Verberne R, Hodge KF, Ulmer P, Muntener O. 2011. Quantifying deformation in a magma reservoir-a rheology study of the Listino Ring Structure, Adamello Massif, N-Italy. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2658.

Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2011. Experimental constraints on the formation of mafic enclaves vs. mafic layers: Why are some silicic plutons layered and others not?AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2580.


Hodge KF, Carazzo G, Jellinek A.M. 2010. Field and experimental constraints on the deformation and break-up up of injected magma (Invited). AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 


Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2008. Linking a Magma's Microstructure to a Macroscopic Description of its Rheology. 2008 IAVCEI meeting, Iceland. 

Hodge KF, Jellinek A.M. 2008. Field And Experimental Constraints on the Rheology of Silicic Magma. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:2215.


Hodge K, Miller C, Miller J, Faulds J. 2006. Dike emplacement at the Searchlight, NV, volcano-plutonic complex. 102nd Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section, GSA, 81st Annual Meeting of the Pacific Section, AAPG, and the Western Regional Meeting of the Alaska Section, SPE. 

Miller J, Miller C, Wooden J, Perrault D, Hodge KF, Faulds J, Cates N, Means M. 2006. A 2 million year history of plutonism and volcanism in the searchlight magma system, Eldorado Mountains, Nevada (USA). AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:1714.

Bazar D, Miller J, Miller C, Dodge M, Hodge KF, Faulds J. 2006. Eruption of Deep Mushy Magma from the Searchlight Magma System, Southern Nevada (USA): a Crystal Size Distribution and Geochemical Analysis. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:1667.


Grice W.C, Foster D., Kalakay T., Bleick H.A, Hodge K.F. 2004. Style and Timing of Crustal Attenuation in the Anaconda Metamorphic Core Complex, Western Montana. 2004 Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.