Robert McDermott, Ph.D.

Rob McDermott is a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. His primary research tool is low-temperature thermochronology (particularly the (U-Th)/He system in Fe-oxide, apatite, and zircon), complemented by detailed field and microtextural observations and modeling of thermal processes.


Current USGS research is focused on better understanding the tectonic and metallogenic evolution of Alaska through geochemistry and thermochronology of heavy minerals in river sediments. Past and ongoing research projects are geared towards deconvolving the rock record of paleoearthquakes, dating fault slip and mineralization, and investigating tectonic and landscape evolution in the Wasatch (northern UT) and Denali (southwest Yukon) fault zones. He holds a B.S. (2014) in Geology with a mathematics concentration from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD (2020) from Utah State University.



Ph.D     2020    Utah State University, Logan, UT                              Geology
B.S.      2014    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA                     Geology


Professional Experience

2020 - Present   Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, Anchorage, AK
2014 - 2020       Graduate Research Assistant, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2018                   Instructor (Geologic Field Methods), Utah State University, Logan, UT
2014                   NAGT/USGS Intern, Menlo Park, CA
2012 - 2014        Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA