Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
Colorado State University

Colorado State University
309 Natural Resources Building
Campus Delivery 1482
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1482
Phone: (970) 491-5786
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2000    Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.  Dissertation: “Aspects of Upper Mantle Structure in the Yellowstone Swell, Wyoming Craton, and Yavapai Province.
1992    B.S. Mathematics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
1991    B.A. Physics, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.  Senior Thesis:  “The Production of Spin-polarized Deuterium through Optical Pumping.”

Professional Experience
2014-2015    Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus
2014              Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor, University of Bristol
2014-             Associate Professor, Colorado State University
2008-2014    Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
2006-2008    Program Director for Geophysics, National Science Foundation.
2005-2006    Assistant Program Director for Geophysics, National Science Foundation.
2004-2008    Research Scientist, University of Wyoming.
2003-2004    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wyoming.
2000-2003    Harry Oscar Wood Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC.
1993-2000    Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Oregon.

Field Experience
2001     Scientific Leader, Galapagos Islands
2001     Field Assistant, Yellowstone
1998     Field Assistant, Deep Probe Seismic Deployment and Lodore Telemetered Array

Honors and Professional Awards

2014        TILT Teaching Fellow

2012        Outstanding Reviewer, Geophysical Journal International
2010        Invited speaker, Fall AGU meeting
2002        Invited speaker, Spring AGU meeting
2000-2002     Harry Oscar Wood Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
1999         Paul and Helen Weiser Scholarship
1998         Mary Chambers Brockelbank Scholarship
1997         Robert W. Johnson Scholarship
1996         Gross Scholarship

Professional Service
2013-current    Chair, IRIS Education and Outreach Committee
2012-13     IRIS Early Career Investigator Working Group
2012, 2013    AGU Session Convener
2012    AGU Student Judging Coordinator for session
2012    Goldschmidt Meeting Session Convener
2014, 2012    NSF Panel reviewer
2011    NASA Panel reviewer
2008-current    Reviewer for multiple journals and grant proposal programs.
2008-2013    Student Presentation Judge, AGU

GEOL 120: Physical Geology
GEOL 250*: The Solid Earth
GEOL 578*: Introduction to Global Seismology + Lab
GEOL 581A2*: Geodynamics
*New class I designed.

Funded Research
Earthscope Colloborative Research:The Mackenzie Mountains–Deformation and Structure of Active Intraplate Orogenesis from Plate boundary to Craton, 4/15 – 4/20, $640,623.   Collaborative with Richard Aster, CSU, and Jeff Freymueller, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Earthscope Collaborative Research: The Effects of Water and Lithology on North
American Lithospheric Strength, 6/14 – 6/16, $100,257.   Collaborative with Anthony Lowry, Utah State University.

Visiting Professorship, Aarhaus University: “Colorado State University – Aarhus University Collaboration: Lithosphere-asthenosphere dynamics – linking petrology and seismology,” DKK 306,000.

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship, Institution for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, “Examining Continental Assembly Through New Methods of Measuring Seismic Velocity Anisotropy,” £2100+Housing.

TILT Course Redesign Competition, “GEOL 250 The Solid Earth,” funding is provided in TILT resources and a small stipend.

WCNR mini-grant, Creation of interactive math-based geoscience course modules to improve understanding of quantitative topics and reduce math anxiety, $5,100.

CSEDI Collaborative Research: Joint seismic, geodynamic, and mineral physics investigation of mantle plumes, 09/15/2009-09/15/2012, $50,757.  Collaborative with Peter van Keken and Jeroen Ritsema, University of Michigan.

Collaborative Research: The effects of melt depletion on mantle density and velocity, 7/04-7/06, $95,219, D. L. Schutt lead-PI, Collaborative with C. E. Lesher, University of California at Davis.

Peer-Reviewed Publications
(Google Scholar h-index 13; 2 papers with > 100 citations)

Xu, G., J. L. Hannah, H. J. Stein, A. Mark, J. O. Vigran, B. Bingen, D. Schutt, and B. A. Lundschien (2014) , Cause of Upper Triassic climate crisis revealed by Re-Os geochemistry of Boreal black shales, Palaeogeography, Palaeocliatology, and Palaeoecology, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.12.027

Afonso, J. C., and D. L. Schutt (2012), The effects of polybaric partial melting on density and seismic velocities of mantle restites, Lithos, 134, 289-303, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2012.01.009.

Schutt, D. L., and C. E. Lesher (2010), Compositional Trends among Kaapvaal Craton Garnet Peridotite Xenoliths and their Effects on Seismic Velocity and Density, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.10.018.

Lay, T., R.C. Aster, D.W. Forsyth, B. Romanowicz, R.M. Allen, V.F. Cormier, J. Gomberg, J.A. Hole, G. Masters, D. Schutt, A. Sheehan, J. Tromp, M.E. Wysession (2009) Seismological Grand Challenges in Understanding Earth’s Dynamic Systems, Rep., 84 pp,

Leeman, W. P. , D. L. Schutt, S. S. Hughes (2009), Thermal structure beneath the Snake River Plain: Implications for the Yellowstone hotspot, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 188(1), 57-67. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.01.034

Manea, V. C., M. M. Manea, W. P. Leeman, and D. L. Schutt (2009), The influence of plume head-lithosphere interaction on magmatism associated with the Yellowstone hotspot track, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 188(1), 68-85. doi: http://dx.doi.org10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.01.034.

Schutt, D. L. and K. Dueker (2008), Temperature of the plume layer beneath the Yellowstone Hotspot, Geology, 36(8), 4. doi:10.1130/G24809A.1.

Schutt, D. L., K. Dueker, and H. Yuan (2008), Crust and upper mantle velocity structure of the Yellowstone hot spot and surroundings, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 113(B3). doi: 10.1029/2007jb005109.

Stachnik, J. C., K. Dueker, D. L. Schutt, and H. Yuan (2008), Imaging Yellowstone plume-lithosphere interactions from inversion of ballistic and diffusive Rayleigh wave dispersion and crustal thickness data, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 9. doi: 10.1029/2008gc001992.

Yuan, H. Y., K. Dueker, and D. L. Schutt (2008), Testing five of the simplest upper mantle anisotropic velocity parameterizations using teleseismic S and SKS data from the Billings, Montana PASSCAL array, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 113(B3). doi: 10.1029/2007jb005092.

Schutt, D. L., and C. E. Lesher (2006), Effects of melt depletion on the density and seismic velocity of garnet and spinel lherzolite, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 111(B5). doi: 10.1029/2003jb002950.

Waite, G. P., D. L. Schutt, and R. B. Smith (2005), Models of lithosphere and asthenosphere anisotropic structure of the Yellowstone hot spot from shear wave splitting, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 110(B11). doi: 10.1029/2004jb003501.

James, D. E., F. R. Boyd, D. Schutt, D. R. Bell, and R. W. Carlson (2004), Xenolith constraints on seismic velocities in the upper mantle beneath southern Africa, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 5.  doi: 10.1029/2003GC000551.

Schutt, D. L., and E. D. Humphreys (2004), P and S wave velocity and V-P/V-S in the wake of the Yellowstone hot spot, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 109(B1).

Schutt, D. L., and E. D. Humphreys (2001), Evidence for a deep asthenosphere beneath North America from western United States SKS splits, Geology, 29(4), 291-294.

Humphreys, E. D., K. G. Dueker, D. L. Schutt, and R. B. Smith (2000), Beneath Yellowstone; evaluating plume and nonplume models using teleseismic images of the upper mantle, GSA Today, 10(12), 1-7.

Schutt, D., E. D. Humphreys, and K. Dueker (1998), Anisotropy of the Yellowstone Hot Spot wake, eastern Snake River plain, Idaho, in Geodynamics of lithosphere and Earth’s mantle; seismic anisotropy as a record of the past and present dynamic processes., edited by J. Plomerova, R. C. Liebermann and V. Babuska, pp. 443-462, Birkhaeuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland.

Last Edited on January 5, 2015.


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