Isotope Geology and Petrology

Dr. Maren Kahl No Photo Available


Institute of Earth Sciences

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236

D-69120 Heidelberg

Room: 402
+49 6221 54-6021
+49 6221 54-4805 (secretariat)



Research interests and projects


  • Spatio-temporal evolution of crystal-mush horizons in the Icelandic crust - A case study of the northern segment of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system (DFG Projekt Ka 3532/2-1)
  • Magma mobilisation and transfer timescales in the Icelandic crust (Orkurannsóknasjóður Landsvirkjun NÝR-18 – 2018)
  • MagmaTag - Tracking magma through space and time in the Icelandic crust (Rannís postdoctoral fellowship grant 152726-051)
  • Using the chemical stratigraphy in magmatic crystals to track the evolutionary history of a dynamic magma plumbing system (DFG research stipend  Ka 3532/1-1)



Academic career and professional employment

Since 07/2019 Heidelberg University, Researcher (temporary contract)
2016-2019 University of Iceland, Rannís postdoctoral research fellow
2014-2016 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Researcher (temporary contract)
05-07/2014 The University of Leeds, Reserve instrument manager, electron micro-beam facility
2012-2014 The University of Leeds, DFG postdoctoral research fellow
2011-2012 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Researcher (temporary contract)
2011 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, doctoral studies (Dr. rer. nat.)
2005 Heidelberg University, Diplom, Mineralogy



Stipendien / Auszeichnungen

2015 Rannís postdoctoral research fellowship
2012 DFG research stipend



Invited talks


  • GeoMünster conference (2019)
  • Goldschmidt conference (2019)
  • Universität Heidelberg (2019)
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2018)
  • Universität Göttingen (2017)
  • Universität Erlangen (2016)
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2015)
  • ETH Zürich (2014)
  • Cascades Volcano Observatory (2012)
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2012)
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2012)
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2008)
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (2007)







Caracciolo, A., Kahl, M., Bali, E., Guðfinnsson, G. H., Halldórsson, S. A. and Hartley, M. E. (2020). Timescales of crystal mush mobilization in the Bárðarbunga-Veiðivötn volcanic system based on olivine diffusion chronometry. Americal Mineralogist, in press,


Caracciolo, A., Bali, E., Guðfinnsson, G. H., Kahl, M., Halldórsson, S. A., Hartley, M. E. and Gunnarsson, H. (2020). Temporal evolution of magma and crystal mush storage conditions in the Bárðarbunga-Veiðivötn volcanic system, Iceland. Lithos, v. 352–353, 105234,


Magee, R., Ubide, T. and Kahl, M. (2020). The Lead-up to Mount Etna’s Most Destructive Historic Eruption (1669). Cryptic Recharge Recorded in Clinopyroxene. Journal of Petrology, v. 61, i. 1,




Nikkola, P., Bali, E., Kahl, M., van der Meer, Q. H. A., Rämö, O.T., Guðfinnsson, G.H. and Thordarson, T. (2019). Mid-crustal storage and crystallization of Eyjafjallajökull ankaramites, South Iceland. Jökull, 69, p. 77-96.


Neave, D.A., Bali, E., Guðfinnsson, G.H., Halldórsson, S.A., Kahl, M., Schmidt, A.-S. and Holtz, F. (2019). Clinopyroxene–liquid equilibria and geothermobarometry in natural and experimental tholeiites: the 2014–2015 Holuhraun eruption, Iceland. Journal of Petrology,




Kahl, M., Viccaro, M., Ubide, T., Morgan, D.J. & Dingwell, D.B. (2017). A branched magma feeder system during the 1669 eruption of Mt. Etna: evidence from a time-integrated study of zoned olivine phenocryst populations. Journal of Petrology 58, 3, 443-472. DOI:




Kahl, M., Chakraborty, S., Pompilio & Costa, F. (2015). Constraints on the nature and evolution of the magma plumbing system beneath Mt. Etna (1991-2008) from a combined thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of the compositional record of minerals, Journal of Petrology 56, 10, 2025-2068.




Kahl, M., Chakraborty, S., Costa, F., Pompilio, M., Liuzzo, M. & Viccaro, M. (2013) Compositionally zoned crystals and real-time degassing data reveal changes in magma transfer dynamics during the 2006 summit eruptive episodes of Mt. Etna. Bulletin of Volcanology 75:692. DOI:




Kahl, M., Chakraborty, S., Costa, F. & Pompilio, M. (2011). Dynamic plumbing system beneath volcanoes revealed by kinetic modelling, and the connection to monitoring data: An example from Mt. Etna. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 308, 11-22. DOI:


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