Daniel Mongovin

M.S. Student, Tectonics
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Advisor: Dr. Mike Taylor

Research Interests: Neotectonics, tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismology, geophysics, earthquake geology. I am interested in using field methods, remote sensing techniques, and methods drawn from active tectonics and paleoseismology to study the history, effects, and mechanics of earthquakes within the Earth's crust. 

Current Research: My thesis research is focused on quantifying slip rates on faults bordering Lake Albert, Uganda, to help inform the influence of wet vs. dry rifting in the East African Rift.

Field Area: Albertine Rift, Uganda, Africa

Background: I graduated with a B.S. in Geology from Central Washington University in the Pacific Northwest, where I am originally from. I then spent a year at the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, CA as a participant in the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program. While in the California Bay Area, I conducted field and remote sensing-based geologic mapping, terrestrial LiDAR acquisition, and paleoseismic excavations along active fault zones in Northern California.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
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