Dr. Chad Deering
Chad teaches Physical Geology, Lithology, Geochemistry, and Mineral Deposits. His current research with students includes topics such as the coupling of the physical properties of magma with geochemistry, growth of the continental crust, heat and mass transfer in magmatic systems, the effects of caldera collapse on subvolcanic magmatic systems, multivariate statistical analysis of geochemical data examining mixing/mingling in magmas, and the identification of blind geothermal resources in New Zealand. He recently visited the Sierra de Valle Fértil, Argentina, to study world-class exposures of lower crust from the Ordovician Famatinian magmatic arc.
He received his B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University and Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he also lectured on igneous and metamorphic petrology and volcanology following the completion of his degree. Subsequently, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, studying caldera collapse and excess degassing in volcanoes of the Kos-Nisyros Islands of Greece and the physical dynamics of magma reservoir processes.