Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Lecturer in Earth Science



+44 (0)20 7594 7461d.rood




4.43Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Rood is an international expert in the application of cosmogenic isotopes and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to studies in the Earth sciences, specifically as applied to active tectonics, Earth surface processes, climate change, and earthquake hazards. He is a Lecturer in Earth Science at Imperial College London and Director of the CosmIC geochemistry laboratories. Previously, he performed AMS measurements and managed the cosmogenic nuclide laboratory at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for 6 years (mentored by Drs. Bob Finkel and Tom Brown), and directed the GeoCAMS program at LLNL. For 3 years at the University of Glasgow, he led the cosmogenic isotope research group at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), including work in the AMS Laboratory. His expertise combines quantitative field and laboratory methods to produce high-quality innovative research, which is funded by public agencies and industry (~£1M since 2008, including 3 NSF awards and a current NERC award), and published in high-profile international journals (64 peer-reviewed papers since 2009, including 2 in Science and 1 in Nature Geoscience in 2014). He also plays a key role in the education of students, and has experience teaching undergraduate courses (including field classes) and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Rood is a promising early career scientist, as evidenced by his awards including a NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010) and LLNL Lawrence Scholar Fellowship (2005).


Professional Preparation

University of California at Santa Barbara, Geological Sciences, Ph.D., 2010

Dissertation title: Spatiotemporal patterns in glaciation and deformation across the Sierra Nevada—Walker Lane transition (Advisor: Dr. Douglas Burbank)

Wesleyan University, Earth and Environmental Science, B.A., 2002


Lecturer in Earth Science, Imperial College London, (Lecturer for Surface Processes class, introductory mapping field class, and advanced structural geology and tectonics field class)

Research Fellow, University of Glasgow & AMS Laboratory, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (Advisor to undergraduate and graduate students and lecturer for undergraduate courses, including field classes), 2012-2014

Assistant Researcher, University of California at Santa Barbara (Advisor to graduate student researchers), 2010-present

Post Doctoral Research Staff Member, Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2010-2011

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Irvine (Instructor for undergraduate course: Natural Disasters), 2010-2011

Lawrence Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (Mentor: Dr. Bob Finkel), 2006-2010

Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate courses: Introduction to Field Methods, Optical Mineralogy, and Sedimentary Petrology, Department of Earth Science, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003-2005

Teaching Assistant, Summer Field School, Department of Earth Science, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003, 2005

Postgraduate Researcher, Institute for Crustal Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002

Selected Publications

Reusser, L., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D.H., 2015, Quantifying human impacts on rates of erosion and sediment transport at a landscape scale, Geology, doi:10.1130/G36272.1.

McPhillips, D., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D.H., 2014, Millennial-scale record of landslides in the Andes consistent with earthquake trigger, Nature Geoscience, 7, 925-930, doi:10.1038/NGEO02278.

Johnson, J.S, Bentley, M.J., Smith, J.A., Finkel, R.C., Rood, D.H., Gohl, K., Balco, G., Larter, R.D., Schaefer, J.M, 2014, Rapid and sustained thinning of Pine Island Glacier in the early Holocene, Science, 343, 999-1001, doi:10.1126/science.1247385.

Bierman, P.R., Corbett, L., Graly, J.A., Neumann, T., Lini, A., Crosby, B., Rood, D.H., 2014, Preservation of a preglacial landscape under the center of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Science, 344, 402-405, doi:10.1126/science.1249047.

Rood, D.H., Burbank, D.W., Finkel, R.C., 2011, Spatiotemporal patterns of fault slip rates across the central Sierra Nevada Frontal Fault Zone, Earth and Planetery Science Letters, 301, 457-468, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.006.

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Corbett LB, Bierman PR, Rood DH, et al., 2017, Cosmogenic Al-26/Be-10 surface production ratio in Greenland, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:44, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:1350-1359

Hurst MD, Rood DH, Ellis MA, 2017, Controls on the distribution of cosmogenic Be-10 across shore platforms, Earth Surface Dynamics, Vol:5, ISSN:2196-6311, Pages:67-84

Koffman TNB, Schaefer JM, Putnam AE, et al., 2017, A beryllium-10 chronology of late-glacial moraines in the upper Rakaia valley, Southern Alps, New Zealand supports Southern-Hemisphere warming during the Younger Dryas, Quaternary Science Reviews, Vol:170, ISSN:0277-3791, Pages:14-25

Portenga EW, Bierman PR, Trodick CD, et al., 2017, Background rates of erosion and sediment generation in the potomac river basin, USA, derived using in situ <sup>10</sup>Be, meteoric <sup>10</sup>Be, and <sup>9</sup>Be, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Vol:129, ISSN:0016-7606, Pages:1-15

Portenga EW, Bishop P, Rood DH, et al., 2017, Combining bulk sediment OSL and meteoric Be-10 fingerprinting techniques to identify gully initiation sites and erosion depths, Journal of Geophysical Research-earth Surface, Vol:122, ISSN:2169-9003, Pages:513-527

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