Christopher Hamilton

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 430

520-626-6254, 301-305-3818

Christopher Hamilton

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2010, University of Hawaii

Years with LPL: 2014 to present

Astrobiology, Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Volcanology

Dr. Hamilton's research focuses on geological surface processes to better understand the evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies. His specialty relates to volcanology and specifically to lava flows, magma-water interactions, and explosive eruptions using a combination of field observations, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, machine learning, and geophysical modeling. These topics provide insight into the evolution of planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres through magma production, ascent, and volcanism.

Current Grants

  • "RAVEN: Rover–Aerial Vehicle Exploration Network", Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research Program (PI)
  • "LIFE: Lava-Induced Fumarolic Environments”, EUROVOLC 2nd Transnational Access Call (PI)
  • "Pattern to Process: Flood Basalt Emplacement Parameters and their Cross-Sectional Morphologies" JPL Strategic University Research Partnership Program (Co-PI)
  • "3-D Modeling of a Secondary Ancient Lunar Atmosphere: the Effect on Volatile Distribution", NASA Solar System Workings (Co-I)
  • "The Io Volcano Observer (IVO)", NASA Discovery Program, Phase A (Co-I)
  •  "Investigating Magma–Cryosphere Interactions and Outflow Channel Activity in Hebrus Valles, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program (Co-I)
  • "Assessing the Formation and Implications of Self-Secondary Craters on Copernican Impact Ejecta" NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program (Co-I)

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Current Graduate Students

Student Collaborations/Advising

Other Current Students

Former Students

  • 2018–2022: Joana Voigt, Graduate Student (Planetary Sciences - Ph.D. received in 2022)
  • 2016–2019: Amanda Stadermann, Graduate Student (Planetary Sciences - M.Sc. received in 2019)
  • 2017–2018: Anna Schuh, Undergraduate Honors Student (Geosciences, B.Sc. received in 2018)
  • 2016–2017: Jade Bowers, Undergraduate Honors Student (Geosciences, B.Sc. received in 2017)

Current Postdocs

Former Postdocs

  • 2021-2024: Matthew Varnam
  • 2015–2016: Michael Sori
  • 2014–2015: Stephen Scheidt
  • 2014–2015: Leon Palafox

Former Research/Staff Scientists

  • 2016–2020t: Michael Sori
  • 2015–2018: Stephen Scheidt
  • 2015–2017: Leon Palafox

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author Search: Christopher Hamilton

Recent refereed publications: Years 2019 through June 2024

Varnam, Matthew, Hamilton, Christopher W., Aleinov, Igor, & Barnes, Jessica J. 2024, Icarus. Composition and speciation of volcanic volatiles on the Moon

Hadland, Nathan, Hamilton, Christopher W., & Duhamel, Solange 2024, Communications Earth and Environment. Young volcanic terrains are windows into early microbial colonization

Sutton, S. S., Richardson, J. A., Whelley, P. L., Scheidt, S. P., & Hamilton, C. W. 2024, Bulletin of Volcanology. Degradation of the 2014-2015 Holuhraun vent-proximal edifice in Iceland

Voigt, J. R. C., Hamilton, C. W., Steinbrügge, G., Christoffersen, M. S., Nerozzi, S., Kerber, L., Holt, J. W., Carter, L. M. 2023, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. Revealing Elysium Planitia's young geologic history: Constraints on lava emplacement, areas, and volumes

Duhamel, Solange, Hamilton, Christopher Ward, Pálsson, Snæbjörn, & Björnsdóttir, Snædís Huld 2022, Astrobiology. Microbial Response to Increased Temperatures Within a Lava-Induced Hydrothermal System in Iceland: An Analogue for the Habitability of Volcanic Terrains on Mars

Sutton, Sarah S., Chojnacki, Matthew, McEwen, Alfred S., Kirk, Randolph L., Dundas, Colin M., Schaefer, Ethan I., Conway, Susan J., Diniega, Serina, Portyankina, Ganna, Landis, Margaret E., Baugh, Nicole F., Heyd, Rodney, Byrne, Shane, Tornabene, Livio L., Ojha, Lujendra, & Hamilton, Christopher W. 2022, Remote Sensing. Revealing Active Mars with HiRISE Digital Terrain Models

Stadermann, Amanda C., Jolliff, Bradley L., Krawczynski, Michael J., Hamilton, Christopher W., & Barnes, Jessica J. 2022, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Analysis and experimental investigation of Apollo sample 12032,366-18, a chemically evolved basalt from the Moon

Sutton, Sarah S., Hamilton, Christopher W., Cataldo, Vincenzo, Williams, David A., & Bleacher, Jacob E. 2022, Icarus. Sinuous channels east of Olympus Mons, Mars: Implications for volcanic, hydrological, and tectonic processes

Tolometti, G. D., Neish, C. D., Hamilton, C. W., Osinski, G. R., Kukko, A., & Voigt, J. R. C. 2022, Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth). Differentiating Fissure-Fed Lava Flow Types and Facies Using RADAR and LiDAR: An Example From the 2014-2015 Holuhraun Lava Flow-Field

Voigt, Joana R. C., Hamilton, Christopher W., Steinbrügge, Gregor, Höskuldsson, Ármann, Jónsdottir, Ingibjörg, & Thordarson, Thorvaldur 2022, Geology. Linking lava morphologies to effusion rates for the 2014–2015 Holuhraun lava flow field, Iceland

Voigt, Joana R. C., Hamilton, Christopher W., Steinbrügge, Gregor, & Scheidt, Stephen P. 2021, Bulletin of Volcanology. Surface roughness characterization of the 2014-2015 Holuhraun lava flow-field in Iceland: implications for facies mapping and remote sensing

Voigt, Joana R. C., Hamilton, Christopher W., Scheidt, Stephen P., Münzer, Ulrich, Höskuldsson, Ármann, Jónsdottir, Ingibjörg, & Thordarson, Thorvaldur 2021, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Geomorphological characterization of the 2014-2015 Holuhraun lava flow-field in Iceland

Lev, Einat, Hamilton, Christopher W., Voigt, Joana R. C., Stadermann, Amanda C., Zhan, Yan, & Neish, Catherine D. 2021, Icarus. Emplacement conditions of lunar impact melt flows

Horvath, David G., Moitra, Pranabendu, Hamilton, Christopher W., Craddock, Robert A., & Andrews-Hanna, Jeffrey C. 2021, Icarus. Evidence for geologically recent explosive volcanism in Elysium Planitia, Mars

Schaefer, E. I., Hamilton, C. W., Neish, C. D., Sori, M. M., Bramson, A. M., Beard, S. P. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth) Reexamining the Potential to Classify Lava Flows From the Fractality of Their Margins

Dundas, Colin M., Keszthelyi, Laszlo, Lev, Einat, Rumpf, M. Elise, Hamilton, Christopher W., Höskuldsson, Ármann, & Thordarson, Thorvaldur 2020, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Lava-water interaction and hydrothermal activity within the 2014-2015 Holuhraun Lava Flow Field, Iceland

Steinbrügge, G., Voigt, J. R. C., Wolfenbarger, N. S., Hamilton, C. W., Soderlund, K. M., Young, D. A., Blankenship, D. D., Vance, S. D., & Schroeder, D. M. 2020, Geophysical Research Letters. Brine Migration and Impact-Induced Cryovolcanism on Europa

Hamilton, Christopher W., Scheidt, Stephen P., Sori, Michael M., de Wet, Andrew P., Bleacher, Jacob E., Mouginis-Mark, Peter J., Self, Stephen, Zimbelman, James R., Garry, W. Brent, Whelley, Patrick L., & Crumpler, Larry S. 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Lava-Rise Plateaus and Inflation Pits in the McCartys Lava Flow Field, New Mexico: An Analog for Pāhoehoe-Like Lava Flows on Planetary Surfaces

Steinbrügge, G., Voigt, J. R. C., Schroeder, D. M., Stark, A., Haynes, M. S., Scanlan, K. M., Hamilton, C. W., Young, D. A., Hussmann, H., Grima, C., & Blankenship, D. D. 2020, Icarus. The surface roughness of Europa derived from Galileo stereo images

Bonnefoy, L. E., Hamilton, C. W., Scheidt, S. P., Duhamel, S., Höskuldsson, Á., Jónsdottir, I., Thordarson, T., & Münzer, U. 2019, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Landscape evolution associated with the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in Iceland

Hamilton, Chris & Rafikov, Roman R. 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Secular dynamics of binaries in stellar clusters - II. Dynamical evolution

Hamilton, Chris & Rafikov, Roman R. 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Secular dynamics of binaries in stellar clusters - I. General formulation and dependence on cluster potential

Hamilton, Chris & Rafikov, Roman R. 2019, The Astrophysical Journal. Compact Object Binary Mergers Driven By Cluster Tides: A New Channel for LIGO/Virgo Gravitational-wave Events

Morrison, Aaron A., Zanetti, Michael, Hamilton, Christopher W., Lev, Einat, Neish, Catherine D., & Whittington, Alan G. 2019, Icarus. Rheological investigation of lunar highland and mare impact melt simulants

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2023 PTYS 590-1 Friday 3:00-5:00p.m. Kuiper 312 Syllabus
Spring 2024 PTYS/GEOS/HWRS 411-1 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 330 Syllabus

View LPL Evening Lecture from November 24, 2015, Volcanism on Earth and Mars

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