IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Derek Schutt, Colorado State University, Colorado, USA

Derek Schutt15 November - 15 December 2014

In 1991, Dr Schutt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. His senior thesis is titled “The Production of Spin- polarized Deuterium through Optical Pumping. ”The next year he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, from the University of Oregon. He stayed at the University of Oregon to pursue a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with advisor Dr. Eugene Humphreys. His dissertation is titled “Aspects of Upper Mantle Structure in the Yellowstone Swell, Wyoming Craton, and Yavapai Province.” In this, his advisor and Dr Schutt used seismic means to understand the cause of the past and present deformation that has led to the dramatic topography within the western United States.

After receiving his Ph.D., he accepted a Harry O. Wood Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, where he worked with Drs. David James and Paul Silver on better understanding the composition and temperature of the Kaapvaal Craton in South Africa, and thus the reason why ancient hearts of continents can last for billions of years. He also was a field team leader for a seismic deployment in the Galapagos Islands.

He took a second postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Ken Dueker and the University of Wyoming,where they worked on using seismic measurements of the Yellowstone Hotspot to infer that the ultimate cause of the thermal features found in Yellowstone National Park is a plume of hot upwelling material that has ascended from the core-mantle boundary.

From Wyoming, he traveled to the U.S. National Science Foundation where he was one of the Geophysics Program Directors, in charge of the grant review process. Thereafter he accepted his current position in the Geosciences Department of Colorado State University.

During his stay at Bristol, Dr Schutt will be giving a talk about the Yellowstone Supervolcano on the 10 December.

For further information regarding Dr Schutt's visit, please contact Dr James Wookey.