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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.