Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Margaret K Tivey
Margaret K. Tivey's photoMargaret K Tivey
Senior Scientist

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Research Interests
Quantification of heat and mass transfer in hydrothermal systems.

Field studies of active vent sites, including development and use of instrumentation at active vent sites.

Examination of mineral textures, trace element distributions, and mineral precipitation processes in seafloor massive sulfide deposits.

Recent publications
(since 2004)
Tivey, M.K., E. Becker, R. Beinart, C.R. Fisher, P.R. Girguis, C.H. Langmuir, P.J. Michael, and A.-L. Reysenbach (2012). Links from mantle to microbe at the Lau Integrated Study Site: Insights from a back-arc spreading center. Oceanography 25(1):62–77,

Gribbin, J. L., W. Zhu, and M. K. Tivey (2012), Anisotropy in seafloor flange, slab, and crust samples from measurements of permeability and porosity: Implications for fluid flow and deposit evolution, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 13, Q03018, doi:10.1029/2011GC003840.

Mottl, M., J. Seewald, C.G. Wheat, M.K. Tivey, P.J. Michael, G. Proskurowski, T. M. McCollom, E. Reeves, J. Sharkey, C-F. You, L.H. Chan, T. Pichler (2011), Chemistry of hot springs along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 1013-1038.

Flores, G.E., J. H. Campbell, J. D. Kirshtein, J. Meneghin, M. Podar, J. I. Steinberg, J. S. Seewald, M. K. Tivey, M. A.Voytek, Z. K. Yang and A-L. Reysenbach (2011), Microbial Community Structure of Hydrothermal Deposits from Geochemically Different Vent Fields Along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Environmental Microbiology, doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02463.x.

Craddock, P.R., W. Bach, J.S. Seewald, O. Rouxel, E. Reeves, and M.K. Tivey (2010), Rare Earth Element Abundances in Hydrothermal Fluids from the Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea: Indicators of Sub-seafloor Hydrothermal Processes in Back-Arc Basins, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74, 5494-5513.

Sarrazin, J., P.Rodier, M.K.Tivey, H.Singh, A.Schultz, P.M.Sarradin  (2009), A dual sensor device to estimate fluid flow velocity at diffuse hydrothermal vents, Deep-Sea Research I, 56, 2065-2074.

Pagé, A., M.K. Tivey, D.S. Stakes, and A-L. Reysenbach (2008), Temporal and spatial archaeal colonization of hydrothermal vent deposits, Environmental Microbiology, doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01505.x

Ferrini, V. L., M. K. Tivey, S. M. Carbotte, F. Martinez, and C. Roman (2008), Variable morphologic expression of volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes at six hydrothermal vent fields in the Lau back-arc basin, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q07022, doi:10.1029/2008GC002047.

Zhu, W., M.K. Tivey, H. Gittings, and P.R. Craddock (2007), Permeability-porosity relationships in seafloor vent deposits: Dependence on pore evolution processes, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B05208, doi:10.1029/2006JB004716.

Tivey, M.K. (2007), Generation of Seafloor Hydrothermal Vent Fluids and Associated Mineral Deposits, Oceanography 20, No. 1, 50-65.

Kormas, K., M.K. Tivey, K.L. Von Damm, and A. Teske (2006). Bacterial and archaeal phylotypes associated with distinct mineralogical layers of a white smoker spire from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent site (9°N, East Pacific Rise), Environmental microbiology, 8(5), 909-920.

Reysenbach, A-L., Y. Liu, A. Banta, T.J. Beveridge, J.D. Kirshtein, S. Schouten, M.K. Tivey, K.L. Von Damm, and M.A. Voytek (2006) A ubiquitous thermoacidophilic archaeon from deep-sea hydrothermal vents, Nature 442, 444-447.

Ding, K., W. E. Seyfried, Jr., Z.  Zhang, M. K. Tivey, K. L. Von Damm and A. M. Bradley (2005),  The in situ pH of hydrothermal fluids at mid-ocean ridges , Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 237, 167-174.

Tivey, M.K. (2004) Environmental conditions within active seafloor vent structures: sensitivity to vent fluid composition and fluid flow. In Wilcock, W., Cary, C., DeLong, E., Kelley, D., Baross, J. (Eds.) Subseafloor Biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges, Geophysical Monograph Series, No. 144.  American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, pp. 137-152.

Daly, K.L., R.H. Byrne, A.G. Dickson, S.M. Gallager, M.J. Perry, and M.K. Tivey (2004), Chemical and biological sensors for time-series research: current status and new directions, Marine Tech. Soc. Journal, 38, no. 2, 121-143.

B.S.:     Geology, Stanford University (graduated with distinction, 1980).

M.S.:    Geological Oceanography, University of Washington (1983).

Ph.D.:   Geological Oceanography, University of Washington (1989).

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