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Welcome to David Pollard's Structural Geology website at Stanford University

Here you will find information about current research activities and downloadable teaching materials for the graduate textbook Fundamentals of Structural Geology (FSG).

You also will find information about the new undergraduate textbook Structural Geology: A Quantitative Introduction (QSG).

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David Pollard and Steve Martel are offering a Short Course on Teaching Quantitative Structural Geology for the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in October 2020. Our objective is to encourage teachers to adopt a more quantitative approach in their undergraduate teaching. The course is FREE (cost $20, but you get a $20 GSA store voucher) and VIRTUAL. The course will be given on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Please contact David Pollard ( if you have questions. 

Annual Meeting registration is FREE for students, $100 for early career professionals, and $200 for professionals. To register for the Short Course and the Annual Meeting go to the GSA registration website:

Siccar Point

In The Spotlight

Cover photograph for the new textbook Structural Geology - A Quantitative Introduction by David Pollard and Steve Martel published by Cambridge University Press in July 2020. This image shows Hutton's unconformity at Siccar Point, Scotland, where vertical Silurian strata are overlain by a basal conglomerate and gently inclined Devonian strata. The angular unconformity represents a 65 Ma hiatus in geologic time.