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Nick Deardorff

Nick DeardorffAssistant Professor


  • B.S., University of Miami, FL — Marine Science and Geology
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon - Geology / Physical Volcanology

Courses Taught:

GEOS 101/2 Dynamic Earth Lecture and Lab
GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology Lecture and Lab
GEOS 301 Mineralogy  
GEOS 311 Geochemistry
GEOS 345 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEOS 470 Research Methods in the Geosciences
GEOS 403 Field Geology Workshop in Newfoundland
GEOS 481 Field Research Experience in Oregon

Professional Interests:

Physical Volcanology, Petrology, Geochemistry, GIS. My research involves examining eruptive processes of volcanoes in both subaerial and submarine environments. I am interested in explosive eruption dynamics of submarine arc volcanoes, the resulting deposits, and geochemical exchange between magma and seawater and magma and hydrothermal fluids. I am also interested in lava flow morphologies and using remote sensing techniques, such as LiDAR, to quantitatively analyze volcanic terrains.

Selected Publications: (Full CV)

  • Deardorff, N., Cashman, K., 2012. Emplacement conditions of the c.1600 year-BP Collier Cone lava flow, Oregon: a LIDAR investigation. Bull. Volcan. Vol. 74: 9, p. 2051-206 DOI: 10.1007/s00445-012-0650-9
  • Deardorff, N., Cashman, K., Chadwick, W., 2011. Observations of eruptive plume and pyroclastic deposits from submarine explosive eruptions at NW Rota-1, Mariana Arc, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. Vol. 202, p. 47-59. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2011.01.003
  • Cashman KV, Soule SA, Mackey BH, Deligne NI, Deardorff ND, Dietterich HR, 2013. How Lava Flows: New Insights from Applications of Lidar Technologies to Lava Flow Studies. Geosphere. Vol. 9: 6, doi: 10.1130/GES00706.1

  • Chadwick, Jr., W. W., Cashman, K. V., Embley, R. W., Matsumoto, H., Dziak, R. P., de Ronde, C. E. J., Lau, T. K., Deardorff, N. D., Merle, S. G., 2008. Direct video and hydrophone observations of submarine explosive eruptions at NW Rota-1 volcano, Mariana arc, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B08S10, doi: 10.1029/2007JB005215
  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.