Karthik Iyer

Forschungsbereich 4: Dynamik des Ozeanbodens
FE Magmatische und hydrothermale Systeme

Raum: 12-221
Telefon: +49 431 600-2843
E-Mail: kiyer(at)

Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel


Ausbildung und Karriere

  • Since February 2008 - Research Scientist at The Future Ocean, GEOMAR, Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel
  • June 2004 till December 2007 - Ph.D. at Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo, Norway.  
  • Supervisors: Prof. Bjørn Jamtveit, Prof. Håkon Austrheim and Prof. Yuri Podladchikov. 
  • Thesis title: Mechanisms of serpentinization and some geochemical effects (
  • October 2001 till November 2003 - M.Sc. at the Mineralogy and Petrology Institute, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Supervisors: Prof. Helmut Schleicher and Prof. Ulrich Bismayer
  • Thesis title: Geochemistry of Shear Zones: A Regional Study of the Mylonite Zone, Värmland, Sweden.

Wissenschaftliche Interessen

  • development of numerical models to understand geothermal and hydrothermal systems
  • development of compressible and incompressible multiphase porous flow models coupled with chemical reactions
  • development of multiphase flow models to understand fluid and gas generation during sill intrusions in sedimentary basins and its possible effect on paleoclimate
  • fluid flow and hydration reactions within the oceanic lithosphere at mid-ocean ridges and subduction zones
  • progress of serpentinization reactions in ultramafic rocks using petrology and geochemistry
  • the effects of serpentinization on the global water budget and on the physical properties of rocks including reaction-induced permeability generation
  • effect of faulting and chemical reactions on fluid flow patterns


Iyer, K., Rüpke, L.H., Phipps Morgan, J., Grevemeyer, I., 2012. Controls of faulting and reaction kinetics on serpentinization and double Benioff zones. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 13, Q09010, doi: 10.1029/2012gc004304.

Bani-Hassan, N., Iyer, K., Rüpke, L.H., Borgia, A., 2012. Controls of bathymetric relief on hydrothermal fluid flow at mid-ocean ridges. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 13, Q05002, doi: 10.1029/2012gc004041.

Theissen-Krah, S., Iyer, K., Rüpke, L.H., Morgan, J.P., 2011. Coupled mechanical and hydrothermal modeling of crustal accretion at intermediate to fast spreading ridges. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 311, 275-286, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.018.

Iyer, K., Rüpke, L.H., Morgan, J.P., 2010. Feedbacks between mantle hydration and hydrothermal convection at ocean spreading centers. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 296, 34-44, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.037.

Iyer, K., Podladchikov, Y.Y., 2009. Transformation-induced jointing as a gauge for interfacial slip and rock strength. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 280, 159-166, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.01.028.

Iyer, K., Jamtveit, B., Mathiesen, J., Malthe-Sorenssen, A., Feder, J., 2008. Reaction-assisted hierarchical fracturing during serpentinization. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 267, 503-516, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.11.060.

Iyer, K., Austrheim, H., John, T., Jamtveit, B., 2008. Serpentinization of the oceanic lithosphere and some geochemical consequences: Constraints from the Leka Ophiolite Complex, Norway. Chemical Geology 249, 66-90, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.12.005.

 Iyer, K., 2007. Mechanisms of serpentinization and some geochemical effects. Ph.D. thesis, University of Oslo, (