(** Collaboration with undergraduate student advisee) 
(* Collaboration with graduate student advisee)
(+ Collaboration with postdoctoral advisee)

Manuscripts in Progress:

  1. Korenaga, J., “Plate tectonics and surface environment: Role of the oceanic upper mantle,” submitted.
  2. +Rosas, J. C., and J. Korenaga, “A scaling law for the onset of convection with internal heating: Implications for lithospheric evolution in the early Earth,” in revision.
  3. +Leng, K., and J. Korenaga, “Three-dimensional scattering of elastic waves by small-scale heterogeneities in the Earth’s mantle,” in revision.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  1. *Miyazaki, Y., and J. Korenaga, “On the timescale of magma ocean solidification and its chemical consequences, 2. Compositional differentiation under crystal accumulation and matrix compaction,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 124, 3399-3419,, 2019. [reprint-PDF]
  2. *Miyazaki, Y., and J. Korenaga, “On the timescale of magma ocean solidification and its chemical consequences, 1. Thermodynamic database for liquid at high pressures,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 124, 3382-3398,, 2019. [reprint-PDF]
  3. *Jain, C., J. Korenaga, and S. Karato, “Global analysis of experimental data on the rheology of olivine aggregates,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 124, 310-334,, 2019. [reprint-PDF]
  4. *Servali, A., and J. Korenaga, “Oceanic origin of continental mantle lithosphere,” Geology, 46, 1047-1050, 2018. [reprint-PDF] [See commentary by Claude Herzberg]
  5. Bada, J. L., and J. Korenaga, “Exposed areas above sea level on Earth >3.5 Gyr ago: Implications for prebiotic and primitive biotic chemistry,” Life, 8, 55, doi:10.3390/life8040055, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  6. Korenaga, J., “Crustal evolution and mantle dynamics through Earth history,” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A376, 20170408,, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  7. +Rosas, J. C., and J. Korenaga, “Rapid crustal growth and efficient crustal recycling in the early Earth: Implications for Hadean and Archean geodynamics,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 494, 42-49, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  8. *Jain, C., J. Korenaga, and S. Karato, “On the grain-size sensitivity of olivine rheology, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 674-688, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  9. *Mondal, P., and J. Korenaga, “A propagator matrix method for the Rayleigh-Taylor instability of multiple layers: A case study on crustal delamination in the early Earth,” Geophys. J. Int., 212, 1890-1901, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  10. *Mondal, P., and J. Korenaga, “The Rayleigh-Taylor instability in a self-gravitating two-layer viscous sphere,” Geophys. J. Int., 212, 1859-1867, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  11. Korenaga, J., “Estimating the formation age distribution of continental crust by unmixing zircon ages,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 482, 388-395, 2018. [reprint-PDF]
  12. *Miyazaki, Y., and J. Korenaga, “Chemical effects on vertical dust motion in early protoplanetary disks,” Astrophys. J., 849, 41, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  13. *Jain, C., J. Korenaga, and S. Karato, “On the yield strength of oceanic lithosphere,” Gephys. Res. Lett., 44, 9716-9722,, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  14. Korenaga, J., “Pitfalls in modeling mantle convection with internal heat production,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122, 4064-4085, doi:10.1002/2016JB013850, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  15. Korenaga, J., N. J. Planavsky, and D. A. D. Evans, “Global water cycle and the coevolution of Earth’s interior and surface environment,” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 375, 20150393, doi:10.1098/rsta.2015.0393, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  16. O’Rourke, J. G., J. Korenaga, and D. J. Stevenson, “Thermal evolution of Earth with magnesium precipitation in the core,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 458, 263-272, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  17. Korenaga, J., “On the extent of mantle hydration caused by plate bending,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 457, 1-9, 2017. [reprint-PDF]
  18. Korenaga, T., and J. Korenaga, “Evolution of young oceanic lithosphere and the meaning of seafloor subsidence rate,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 6315-6332, doi:10.1002/2016JB013395, 2016. [reprint-PDF]
  19. Korenaga, J., “Can mantle convection be self-regulated?” Sci. Ad., 2, e160116, 2016. [reprint-PDF]
  20. +Cadio, C., and J. Korenaga, “Macroscopic strength of oceanic lithosphere revealed by ubiquitous fracture-zone instabilities,” Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 449, 295-301, 2016. [reprint-PDF]
  21. Zhang, J., W. W. Sager, and J. Korenaga, “The seismic Moho structure of Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau, northwest Pacific Ocean,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 441, 143-154, 2016. [reprint-PDF]
  22. Korenaga, J., “Constraining the geometries of small-scale heterogeneities: A case study from the Mariana region,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, 7830-7851, doi:10.1002/2015JB012432, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  23. Korenaga, J., “Seafloor topography and the thermal budget of Earth,” in The Interdisciplinary Earth: A Volume in Honor of Don L. Anderson, edited by G. R. Foulger, M. Lustrino, and S. D. King, GSA Special Paper 514 and AGU Special Publication 71, p.167-185, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  24. *Melendez, A., J. Korenaga, V. Sallares, A. Miniussi, and C. Ranero, “TOMO3D: 3-D joint refraction and reflection travel-time tomography parallel code for active-source seismic data - Synthetic test,” Geophys. J. Int., 203, 158-174, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  25. **O’Rourke, J. G., and J. Korenaga, “Thermal evolution of Venus with argon degassing,” Icarus, 260, 128-140, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  26. **Mullet, B. G., J. Korenaga, and S. Karato, “Markov Chain Monte Carlo inversion for the rheology of olivine single crystals,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, 3142-3172, doi:10.1002/2014JB011845, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  27. Zhang, J., W. W. Sager, and J. Korenaga, “The Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau structure from two-dimensional multichannel seismic reflection profiles and implications for oceanic plateau formation,” in The Origin, Evolution, and Environmental Impact of Oceanic Large Igneous Provinces, edited by C. R. Neal, W. W. Sager, T. Sano, and E. Erva, GSA Special Papers, v. 511, p.103-126, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  28. Nakanishi, M., W. W. Sager, and J. Korenaga, “Reorganization of the Pacific-Izanagi-Farallon triple junction in the Late Jurassic: Tectonic events before the formation of the Shatsky Rise,” in The Origin, Evolution, and Environmental Impact of Oceanic Large Igneous Provinces, edited by C. R. Neal, W. W. Sager, T. Sano, and E. Erva, GSA Special Papers, v. 511, p.85-101, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  29. Condie, K., S. A. Pisarevsky, J. Korenaga, and S. Gardoll, “Is the rate of supercontinent assembly changing with time?” Precambrian Res., 259, 278-289, 2015. [reprint-PDF]
  30. Yamamoto, J., J. Korenaga, N. Hirano, and H. Kagi, “Melt-rich lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary inferred from petit-spot volcanoes,” Geology, 42, 967-970, 2014. [reprint-PDF]
  31. +Cadio, C., and J. Korenaga, “Resolving the fine-scale density structure of shallow oceanic mantle by Bayesian inversion of localized geoid anomalies,” J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, 3627-3645, doi:10.1002/2013JB010840, 2014. [reprint-PDF]
  32. Korenaga, J., “Teleseismic migration with dual bootstrap stack,” Geophys. J. Int., 196, 1706-1723, 2014. [reprint-PDF]
  33. Korenaga, J., “Stacking with dual bootstrap resampling,” Geophys. J. Int., 195, 2023-2036, 2013. [reprint-PDF]
  34. Sager, W. W., J. Zhang, J. Korenaga, T. Sano, A. A. P. Koppers, M. Widdowson, and J. J. Mahoney, “An immense shield volcano within the Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau, northwest Pacific Ocean,” Nature Geosci., 6, 976-981, 2013. [reprint-PDF]
  35. Korenaga, J., “Initiation and evolution of plate tectonics on Earth: Theories and observations,” Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 41, 117-151, 2013. [reprint-PDF]
  36. **O’Rourke, J. G., and J. Korenaga, “Terrestrial planet evolution in the stagnant-lid regime: Size effects and the formation of self-destabilizing crust,” Icarus, 221, 1043-1060, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  37. +Cadio, C., and J. Korenaga, “Localization of geoid anomalies and the evolution of oceanic lithosphere: A case study from the Mendocino Fracture Zone,” J. Geophys. Res., 117, B10404, doi:10.1029/2012JB009524, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  38. *Wirth, E. A., and J. Korenaga, “Small-scale convection in the subduction zone mantle wedge,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 357-358, 111-118, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  39. Korenaga, J., “Plate tectonics and planetary habitability: Current status and future challenges,” Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 1260, 87-94, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  40. Korenaga, J., and W. W. Sager, “Seismic tomography of Shatsky Rise by adaptive importance sampling,” J. Geophys. Res., 117, B08102, doi:10.1029/2012JB009248, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  41. **Padhi, C. M., J. Korenaga, and M. Ozima, “Thermal evolution of Earth with xenon degassing: A self-consistent approach,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 341-344, 1-9, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.06.013, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  42. *Chu, X., and J. Korenaga, “Olivine rheology, shear stress, and grain growth in the lithospheric mantle: Geological constraints from the Kaapvaal craton,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 333-334, 52-62, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.019, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  43. Korenaga, J., “Thermal evolution with a hydrating mantle and the initiation of plate tectonics in the early Earth,” J. Geophys. Res., 116, B12403, doi:10.1029/2011JB008410, 2011. [reprint-PDF]
  44. Katayama, I., and J. Korenaga, “Is the African cratonic lithosphere wet or dry?”, in Volcanism and Evolution of the African Lithosphere, edited by L. Beccaluva, G. Bianchini, and M. Wilson, GSA Special Papers v. 478, p.249-256, 2011. [reprint-PDF]
  45. **Rose, I. R., and J. Korenaga, “Mantle rheology and the scaling of bending dissipation in plate tectonics,” J. Geophys. Res., 116, B06404, doi:10.1029/2010JB008004, 2011. [reprint-PDF]
  46. Korenaga, J., “Velocity-depth ambiguity and the seismic structure of large igneous provinces: A case study from the Ontong Java Plateau,” Geophys. J. Int., 185, 1022-1036, 2011. [reprint-PDF]
  47. Korenaga, J., “On the likelihood of plate tectonics on super-Earths: Does size matter?” Astrophys. J., 725, L43-46, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  48. Korenaga, J., “Scaling of plate-tectonic convection with pseudoplastic rheology,” J. Geophys. Res., 115, B11405, doi:10.1029/2010JB007670, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  49. **Fraeman, A. A., and J. Korenaga, “The influence of mantle melting on the evolution of Mars,” Icarus, 210, 43-57, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  50. +Kito, T., and J. Korenaga, “Cross-correlation weighted migration: Toward high-resolution mapping of mantle heterogeneities,” Geophys. J. Int., 181, 1109-1127, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  51. Herzberg, C., K. Condie, and J. Korenaga, “Thermal history of the Earth and its petrological expression,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 292, 79-88, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  52. Korenaga, J., “How does small-scale convection manifest in surface heat flux?” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 287, 329-332, 2009. [reprint-PDF]
  53. Korenaga, J., “A method to estimate the composition of the bulk silicate Earth in the presence of a hidden geochemical reservoir,” Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 73, 6952-6964, 2009. [reprint-PDF]
  54. Korenaga, J., “Scaling of stagnant-lid convection with Arrhenius rheology and the effects of mantle melting,” Geophys. J. Int., 179, 154-170, 2009. [reprint-PDF]
  55. Korenaga, J., “Plate tectonics, flood basalts, and the evolution of Earth’s oceans,” Terra Nova, 20, 419-439, 2008. [reprint-PDF]
  56. Korenaga, J., “Reply to comment on “Effective thermal expansivity of Maxwellian oceanic lithosphere”,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 275, 403, 2008. [reprint-PDF]
  57. Korenaga, J., “Urey ratio and the structure and evolution of Earth’s mantle,” Rev. Geophys., 46, RG2007, doi:10.1029/2007RG000241, 2008. [reprint-PDF]
  58. Korenaga, J., “Comment on “Intermittent plate tectonics?”,” Science, 320, 1291a, 2008. [reprint-PDF]
  59. Korenaga, T., and J. Korenaga, “Subsidence of normal oceanic lithosphere, apparent thermal expansivity, and seafloor flattening,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 268, 41-51, 2008. [reprint-PDF] [GMT-formatted grid files for the distance and correlation maps]
  60. Korenaga, J., and S. Karato, “A new analysis of experimental data on olivine rheology,” J. Geophys. Res., 113, B02403, doi:10.1029/2007JB005100, 2008. [reprint-PDF]
  61. Korenaga, J., “Thermal cracking and the deep hydration of oceanic lithosphere: A key to the generation of plate tectonics?” J. Geophys. Res.,112, B05408, doi:10.1029/2006JB004502, 2007. [reprint-PDF]
  62. Korenaga, J., “Eustasy, supercontinental insulation, and the temporal variability of terrestrial heat flux,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 257, 350-358, 2007. [reprint-PDF][See discussion by David Stevenson at Nature’s Journal Club]
  63. Korenaga, J., “Effective thermal expansivity of Maxwellian oceanic lithosphere,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 257, 343-349, 2007. [reprint-PDF]
  64. *Lyubetskaya, T., and J. Korenaga, “Chemical composition of Earth’s primitive mantle and its variance, 2, Implications for global geodynamics,” J. Geophys. Res., 112(B3), B03212, doi:10.1029/2005JB004224, 2007. [reprint-PDF]
  65. *Lyubetskaya, T., and J. Korenaga, “Chemical composition of Earth’s primitive mantle and its variance, 1, Method and results,” J. Geophys. Res., 112(B3), B03211, doi:10.1029/2005JB004223, 2007. [reprint-PDF]
  66. Korenaga, J., “Archean geodynamics and the thermal evolution of Earth,” in Archean Geodynamics and Environments, edited by K. Benn, J.-C. Mareschal, and K. Condie, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series 164, p.7-32, 2006. [reprint-PDF]
  67. Korenaga, J., “Why did not the Ontong Java Plateau form subaerially?” Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 234, 385-399, 2005. [reprint-PDF]
  68. Korenaga, J., “Firm mantle plumes and the nature of the core-mantle boundary region,” Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 232, 29-37, 2005. [reprint-PDF]
  69. Korenaga, J., “Mantle mixing and continental breakup magmatism,” Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 218, 463-473, 2004. [reprint-PDF]
  70. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “Physics of multiscale convection in Earth’s mantle: Evolution of sublithospheric convection,” J. Geophys. Res., 109, B01405, doi:10.1029/2003JB002464, 2004. [reprint-PDF]
  71. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “Linear stability analysis of Richter rolls,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 2157, doi:10.1029/2003GL018337, 2003. [reprint-PDF]
  72. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “Physics of multiscale convection in Earth’s mantle: Onset of sublithospheric convection,” J. Geophys. Res., 108, 2333, doi:10.1029/2002JB001760, 2003. [reprint-PDF]
  73. Hopper, J. R., T. Dalh-Jensen, W. S. Holbrook, H. C. Larsen, D. Lizarralde, J. Korenaga, G. M. Kent, and P. B. Kelemen, “Structure of the SE Greenland margin from seismic reflection and refraction data: Implications for nascent spreading center subsidence and asymmetric crustal accretion during North Atlantic opening,” J. Geophys. Res., 108, 2269, doi:10.1029/2002JB001996, 2003. [reprint-PDF]
  74. Korenaga, J., “Energetics of mantle convection and the fate of fossil heat,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1437, doi:10.1029/2002GL016179, 2003. [reprint-PDF]
  75. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “On `steady-state’ heat flow and the rheology of oceanic mantle,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 2056, doi:10.1029/2002GL016085, 2002. [reprint-PDF]
  76. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “Onset of convection with temperature- and depth-dependent viscosity,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 1923, doi:10.1029/2002GL015672, 2002. [reprint-PDF]
  77. Korenaga, J., P. B. Kelemen, and W. S. Holbrook, “Methods for resolving the origin of large igneous provinces from crustal seismology,” J. Geophys. Res., 107, 2178, doi:10.1029/2001JB001030, 2002. [reprint-PDF]
  78. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “On the state of sublithospheric upper mantle beneath a supercontinent,” Geophys. J. Int., 149, 179-189, 2002. [reprint-PDF]
  79. Korenaga, J., and T. H. Jordan, “Effects of vertical boundaries on infinite Prandtl number thermal convection,” Geophys. J. Int., 147, 639-659, 2001. [reprint-PDF]
  80. Holbrook, W. S., H. C. Larsen, J. Korenaga, T. Dahl-Jensen, I. D. Reid, P. B. Kelemen, J. R. Hopper, G. M. Kent, D. Lizarralde, S. Bernstein, and R. S. Detrick,“Mantle thermal structure and melting processes during continental breakup in the North Atlantic,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 190, 251-266, 2001. [reprint-PDF]
  81. Korenaga, J., W. S. Holbrook, R. S. Detrick, and P. B. Kelemen, “Gravity anomalies and crustal structure across the Southeast Greenland margin,” J. Geophys. Res., 106, 8853-8870, 2001. [reprint-PDF]
  82. Korenaga, J., and P. B. Kelemen, “Major element heterogeneity in the mantle source of the North Atlantic igneous province,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 184, 251-268, 2000. [reprint-PDF]
  83. Korenaga, J., W. S. Holbrook, G. M. Kent, P. B. Kelemen, R. S. Detrick, H.-C. Larsen, J. R. Hopper, and T. Dahl-Jensen, “Crustal structure of the Southeast Greenland margin from joint refraction and reflection seismic tomography,” J. Geophys. Res., 105, 21,591-21,614, 2000. [reprint-PDF]
  84. Simons, F. J., M. T. Zuber, and J. Korenaga, “Isostatic response of the Australian lithosphere: Estimation of effective elastic thickness and anisotropy using multitaper spectral analysis,” J. Geophys. Res., 105, 19,163-19,184, 2000. [reprint-PDF
  85. Korenaga, J., and P. B. Kelemen, “Melt migration through the oceanic lower crust: A constraint from melt percolation modeling with finite solid diffusion,” Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 156, 1-11, 1998. [reprint-PDF]
  86. Korenaga, J., and P. B. Kelemen, “Origin of gabbro sills in the Moho transition zone of the Oman ophiolite: Implications for magma transport in the oceanic lower crust,” J. Geophys. Res., 102, 27,729-27,749, 1997. [reprint-PDF]
  87. Korenaga, J., W. S. Holbrook, S. C. Singh, and T. A. Minshull, “Natural gas hydrates on the southeast U.S. margin: Constraints from full waveform and travel time inversions of wide-angle seismic data,” J. Geophys. Res.,102, 15,345-15,365, 1997. [reprint-PDF]
  88. Korenaga, J., and R. N. Hey, “Recent dueling propagation history at the fastest spreading center, East Pacific Rise, 26° - 32° S,” J. Geophys. Res., 101, 18,023-18,041, 1996. [reprint-PDF]
  89. Hey, R. N., P. D. Johnson, F. Martinez, J. Korenaga, M. L. Somers, Q. J. Huggett, T. P. LeBas, R. I. Rusby, and D. F. Naar, “Plate boundary reorganization at a large-offset rapidly propagating rift,” Nature, 378, 167-170, 1995. [reprint-PDF]
  90. Korenaga, J., “Comprehensive analysis of marine magnetic vector anomalies,” J. Geophys. Res., 100, 365-378, 1995. [reprint-PDF]


  1. Korenaga, J., “Metamorphic myth” (News & Views), Nature Geosci., 9, 9-10, 2016. [reprint-PDF]
  2. Korenaga, J., “Geophysical constraints on mechanisms of ocean plateau formation from Shatsky Rise, Northwest Pacific,” Cruise Report MGL 1206, 2012. [reprint-PDF]
  3. Korenaga, J., ”Clairvoyant geoneutrinos“ (News & Views), Nature Geosci., 4, 581-582, 2011. [reprint-PDF]
  4. Korenaga, J., and W. W. Sager, “Geophysical constraints on mechanisms of ocean plateau formation from Shatsky Rise, Northwest Pacific,” Cruise Report MGL 1004, 2010. [reprint-PDF]
  5. Burch, J. L., J. Goldstein, D. Rubie, D. J. Frost, T. H. Jordan, and J. Korenaga,“Frost, Goldstein, and Korenaga Awarded 2006 James B. Macelwane Medal,” Eos, 88, 43-45, 2007. [reprint-PDF]


  1. Korenaga, J., 「絵でわかるプレートテクトニクス」 [An Illustrated Guide to Plate Tectonics], Tokyo, Kodansha, 2014.
  2. Ozima, M, J. Korenaga, and Q.-Z. Yin, “The Earth: Its Birth and Growth,” 2nd ed., Cambridge, 2012.