John Behrendt

John Behrendt

Fellow Emeritus/Senior Research Associate



  • PhD Geophysics: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1961
  • MS Geology: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1956
  • BS Physics: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1954

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-3733
(Fax) 303 492 6388
INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, 80309-0450


Geophysics (aeromagnetics, gravity, seismology). Tectonics, glaciology, polar geophysics, marine geophysics.

Antarctic history.

Research Interests

Aerogeophycal surveys of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Subglacial volcanism in Antarctica.
Tectonics of continental rifts and rifted continental margins.




John Behrendt 2013: The aeromagnetic method as a tool to identify Cenozoic magmatism in the West Antarctic Rift System beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet--A review; Thiel subglacial volcano as possible source of the ash layer in the WAISCORE. Tectonophysics, 585(SI): 124-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.06.035

John Behrendt 2007: A half century perspective on the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Polar Times, 3(10): 3 7.

John Behrendt 2007: IGY to IPY: the U.S. Antarctic Oversnow and Airborne Geophysical-Glaciological Research Program from 1957 to 1964 from the view of a young graduate student. In Cooper, A. K. et al., eds., Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences Santa Barbara, California, August 26-September 1, 2007. U. S. Geological Survey and the National Academies, USGS Open File Report 2007-1047, Short Research Paper 008. DOI: 10.3133/of2007-1047.srp008

John Behrendt 2007: The U.S. Antarctic Oversnow Geophysical-Glaciological Research Program of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 1957-58, from the view of a research scientist participant. In Luedecke, C., ed., Steps of Foundation of Institutionalized Antarctic Research. Reports of Marine and Polar Research 560. Bremerhaven: Alfred-Wegener-Institut, 80 97.

John Behrendt, Finn, C. A., Morse, D. L., Blankenship, D. D. 2006: Negative magnetic anomaly over Mt. Resnik, a subaerially erupted volcanic peak beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, partially constrains the ages of subglacial volcanism in the West Antarctic Rift System. Terra Antarctica, 203 213.

John Behrendt 2005: The Ninth Circle: A Memoir of Life and Death in Antarctica, 1960 1962. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

John Behrendt, Blankenship, D. D., Morse, D. L., Bell, R. E. 2004: Shallow-source aeromagnetic anomalies observed over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet compared with coincident bed topography from radar ice sounding: New evidence for glacial "removal" of subglacially erupted late Cenozoic rift-related volcanic edifices. Global and Planetary Change, 42: 177-193. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2003.10.006

John Behrendt, Damaske, D., Finn, C. A., Kyle, P., Wilson, T. J. 2002: Draped aeromagnetic survey in Transantarctic Mountains over the area of the Butcher Ridge igneous complex showing extent of underlying mafic intrusion. Journal of Geophysical Research, 107(B8): article 2160. DOI: 10.1029/2001JB000376

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