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).
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
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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et al., 2017, Characterizing landscape-scale erosion using Be-10 in detrital fluvial sediment: Slope-based sampling strategy detects the effect of widespread dams, Water Resources Research, Vol:53, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:4476-4486