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Dr. David M. Pearson
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2012
M.S., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2007
B.S., Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002

My students and I conduct field-based and laboratory studies from microscopic to continental scales to better understand lithospheric deformation and regional tectonic processes. Current research interests include:

  • Controls on orogenic structural style in continental fold-thrust belts
  • Tectonic evolution of the northern Basin and Range
  • Feedbacks among forearc and retroarc thrusting and arc magmatism in Cordilleran orogens
  • Constraining the geometry and kinematics of Rodinian rifting in western Laurentia
  • Application of low-temperature thermochronometry to constrain the timing of contractional and extensional tectonism
  • Prospective graduate students: Information about ISU's graduate program can be found here. I will likely be seeking at least one prospective M.S. student to begin in fall of 2019. Interested students should contact me in the fall of 2018 to discuss research and funding opportunities. Successful students are scientifically curious, highly motivated individuals with a serious work ethic and good time management skills.