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About

David D. Pollard

  • Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences
My students and I are using quantitative field data and principles of structural geology, combined with laboratory and computer modeling, to address fundamental questions about processes of faulting, fracturing and rock deformation. Geologic structures play important roles in attempts to utilize nature's gifts wisely and to mitigate natural hazards. Our research aims to understand how faults and fractures affect the flow of magma, groundwater, and hydrocarbons, and the crucial role fractures play in earthquake generation and volcanic eruption.

Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Professor, Geological Sciences, Stanford University (1993 - 2015)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Washington (2010 - 2010)
  • Visiting Professor, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2000 - 2000)
  • Professor by Courtesy, Civil and Env. Eng., Stanford University (1998 - 2015)
  • Professor, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (1993 - 2015)
  • Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor, Princeton University (1991 - 1992)
  • Professor by Courtesy, Geophysics, Stanford University (1987 - 2015)
  • Professor, Applied Earth Sciences and Geology, Stanford University (1986 - 1993)
  • Associate Professor, Geology, Stanford University (1984 - 1986)
  • Associate Professor, Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1983 - 1986)
  • Visiting Scientist, Earth and Planetary Sciences, M.I.T (1980 - 1981)
  • Consulting Associate Professor, Geology, Stanford University (1976 - 1979)
  • Consulting Assistant Professor, Geology, Stanford University (1975 - 1976)
  • Geophysicist and Project Chief, U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park CA (1974 - 1983)
  • Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Rochester (1970 - 1974)
  • Research Associate, Geology, Stanford University (1969 - 1970)

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper of the Year Award, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division, Geological Society of America (2007)
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2007 - Present)
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America (1996 - Present)
  • Woodford-Eckis Lectureship, Pomona College (1996)
  • Barney and Estelle Morris Professor of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1993 - Present)
  • Senior Hess Fellow, Princeton University (1992)
  • Centennial Author, Geological Society of America Bulletin (1988)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1987 - 1988)
  • Applied Research Award, U. S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics (1987)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation (1968 - 1969)
  • Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (1965 - 1968)
  • R.W. Strehle Memorial Award in Geology, Pomona College (1965)

Professional Activities

  • Member, editorial advisory board, Journal of Structural Geology
  • Co-developer of Poly3D, a boundary element computer program to analyze faults and fractures
  • Co-founder of IGEOSS, a French company developing software for the hydrocarbon industry
  • Author and producer of A Complete Suite, a musical allegory exploring uses of continuum mechanics in structural geology
  • Editor, New Departures in Structural Geology and Tectonics, an NSF-sponsored white paper on research opportunities
  • Co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Structural Geology, published by Cambridge University Press