David Anastasio


Research Interests: 

  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonics
  • Geoarcheology
  • Science Education
EES-004 (Science of Environmental Issues), EES-095 (The Geology of National Parks), EES-080 (Earth System Science), EES-223 (Structural Geology), EES-341 (Field Camp in EES), EES-427 (Orogenic Belts)
Research Interests
Current projects focus on (1) the recovery of high-resolution deformation rates from folds, faults, orogens, and stratigraphic sections.  These data serve to inform evolving ideas as to what modulates Earth processes, whether intrinsic or extrinsic, (2) hominin migration in northern Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, and (3) science curriculum and educational technology. The geologic research is typically empirical and occurs mostly along plate boundaries.  Recent projects have been in the Apennines, Italy, Pyrenees, Spain, and Betic Cordillera, Spain.  Some projects involve paleomagnetic and cyclostratigraphic age models of sedimentary rock deposition and others involve landscape evolution or structural modeling.  With students I am working on kinematics and rates of fault-related folding recorded by growth strata in the Pyrenees, tectonics and landscape evolution in the Betic Cordillera, Spain, and ancient lake deposits as recorders of environmental change and hominin migration in the Baza Basin, Southern Spain. Current education projects focus on immersive virtual reality  (iVR) games and educational outreach in libraries and environmental science centers within the Lehigh River watershed and tectonics projects for college aged learners.

Ongoing Projects (See details on these projects here)

  • Chronology of the Orogenic  Record
  • Active Tectonics in the Northern United States Rocky Mountains
  • Hominin Migration in the Baza Basin, Spain
  • Tectonic Forcing of Landscape Evolution Betic Cordillera, Spain
  • Application of anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) fabrics to determine the kinematics of active tectonics, northern Apennines, Italy
  • Learning Outreach in the Lehigh River Watershed, Pennsylvania
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