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David D. Pollard

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The Barney and Estelle Morris Professor of Earth Sciences, Emeritus

David Pollard

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Environmental 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.


  • D.I.C., Imperial College, University of London, Geology (1969)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Geology (1969)
  • B.A., Pomona College, Geology (1965)