Research Details

Essentially, my research covers the topics below.


1)  Using seismology and geophysics to understand the temperature, composition, and other aspects of the physical state of the mantle.

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 (Leeman_Schutt_Hughes_thermal_structure_SRP_JVGR_2009).

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 (Temperature_Yellowstone_Plume_Schutt_Dueker_Geology_2009).


2)  Better understanding the relationship between physical state variations and seismic and geophysical observeables.

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 (Afonso_Schutt_Melting_Paths_Depletion_Lithos_2012).

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 (Schutt_Lesher_xenolith_EPSL_2010).

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 (Melt_Depletion_Velocity_Schutt_Lesher_JGR_2006).

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 (Kaapvaal_xenolith_velocities_James_et_al_G-cubed_2004).

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) (SRP_Vp_Vs_tomography_Schutt_Humphreys_2004).


3)  Mapping mantle flow and strain history through measurements of seismic anisotropy.

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 (Montana_multi-layer_anisotropy_Yuan_et_al_JGR_2008).

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 (Yellowstone_shear_wave_splitting_JGR_2005).

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 (Schutt_Humphreys_deep_asthenosphere_splits_Geology_2001)


4)   Understanding Yellowstone and its surroundings

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 (Leeman_Schutt_Hughes_thermal_structure_SRP_JVGR_2009).

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 (Yellowstone_plume_lithosphere_interaction_Manea_et_al_JVGR_2009).

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 (Temperature_Yellowstone_Plume_Schutt_Dueker_Geology_2009).

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 (Yellowstone_Rayleigh_wave_tomo_Schutt_et_al_JGR_2008).

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 (Stachnik_et_al_Yellowstone_ambient_diffusive_G-cubed_2008).

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 (Leeman_Schutt_Hughes_thermal_structure_SRP_JVGR_2009).

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 (Yellowstone_shear_wave_splitting_JGR_2005).

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) (SRP_Vp_Vs_tomography_Schutt_Humphreys_2004).

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 (Yellowstone_plume-non-plume_Humphreys_et_al_2000_GSA_Today).

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 (Schutt_et_al_anisotropy_SRP_PAGEOPH_1998).


5)  Other interesting stuff

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 (Xu et al Palaeo-3 2014).

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 (pdf),

Last updated on August 18, 2014.

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