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Dr. Kenny Befus

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Dr. Kenny Befus
Department of Geology
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97354
Waco TX 76798

Phone (254) 710-2192
Fax (254) 710-2673

Room E424, Baylor Sciences Building

K. Befus

Assistant Professor

• Volcanology

• Igneous Petrology

• Mineralogy

Research Webpage

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Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Texas Christian University

B.S., Texas Christian University


Befus, K.S., Manga, M., Gardner, J.E., Williams, M., Ascent and emplacement dynamics of obsidian lavas inferred from microlites textures: Bulletin of Volcanology, in review.

Befus, K.S., and Gardner, J.E., Magmatic storage conditions of the most recent eruptions at Yellowstone Caldera: Journal of Petrology, in review.

Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Goff, F., and Jackson, B., Experimental Constraints on Recent and Past Magma Storage at Valles Caldera, New Mexico, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, in review.

Befus, K.S., Watkins, J., Gardner, J.E., Richard, D., Befus, K.M., Miller, N.R., and Dingwell, D.B., 2015, Spherulites as geospeedometers in lava flows: Geology, v. 43, p. 647-650.

Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Ghiorso, M.S., Gualda, G.A.R., 2014, Experimental Constraints on Rhyolite-MELTS and the Bishop Tuff Eruption: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 168, doi:10.1007/s00410-014-1051-1.

Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Miller, N.R., and Monecke, T., 2014, Cooling rates of Mid-Ocean ridge lava deduced from clinopyroxene spherulites: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 282, p. 1-8.

Prather, T.J., Barnes, J.D., Cisneros, M., Befus, K.S., Gardner, J.E., and Larson, T.E., 2014, Stable chlorine isotope behavior during volcanic degassing of H2O and CO2 at Mono Craters, CA: Bulletin of Volcanology, doi:10, 1007/s00445-014-0805-7.

Befus, K.S., Zinke, R.W., Jordan, J., Gardner, J.E., 2014, Pre-eruptive storage conditions and eruption dynamics of Douglas Knob lava dome, Yellowstone volcanic field: Bulletin of Volcanology, doi:10, 1007/s00445-014-0808-8.

Befus, K.S., Gardner, J.E., and Zinke, R., 2012, Analyzing volatile contents in unexposed glass inclusions in quartz crystals: American Mineralogist, v.97, p. 1898-1904.

Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Watkins, J., Hesse, M., and Miller, N., 2012, Compositional gradients surrounding spherulites in obsidian and their relationship to cooling and spherulite growth: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 74, p. 1865-1879.

Befus, K.S., Hanson, R.E., Breyer, J.A., Busbey, A.B., Miggins, D.P., 2009, Nonexplosive and explosive magma/wet-sediment interaction during emplacement of Eocene intrusions into Cretaceous to Eocene strata, Trans-Pecos igneous province, West Texas: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v.181, 155-172.

Befus, K.S., Hanson, R.E., Lehman, T., and Griffen, W.R., 2008, Cretaceous basaltic phreatomagmatic volcanism in West Texas: maar complex at Peña Mountain, Big Bend National Park: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 173, p. 245-264.