Department of Geosciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Faculty and Research

Robert J. Stern


B.Sc., Geology, University of California at Davis, 1974
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, UC San Diego, 1979
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institute, 1979-1982
Blaustein Fellow, Stanford, 2005
Tectonics Observatory Fellow, Caltech, 2006

Research Interests

My research interests include:

1)  Evolution of the continental crust as approached by tectonic, chemical, and isotopic studies of modern processes and ancient products. Geographic foci of such studies include Izu-Bonin-Mariana island arc system in the Western Pacific and Neoproterozoic crust of NE Africa. These processes and products are studied using a wide range of analytical techniques, including major and trace element analyses, radiogenic isotopic compositions of Sr, Nd, and Pb, and U-Pb zircon geochronology, and Remote Sensing.

2) Applications of Remote Sensing for understanding the tectonics and resources of arid regions. Special focus is given to using synthetic aperture radar and Landsat-TM imagery to mapping basement structures and river systems and exploring for water, gold, and oil deposits in arid regions.

3) Geology of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

4) Geography, resources, and environment of Latin America and the Middle East

Dissertations and Theses Supervised

Ulysses S. (Trey) Hargrove, PhD, 2006.  Dissertation: Crustal evolution of the Neoproterozoic Bi'R Umq Suture Zone, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Geochronological, isotopic and geochemical constraints.

Neil Basu, MS, 2006. Geology and geochemistry of a large submarine caldera in the Southern Mariana Arc.

Allison Kennedy Thurmond, MS, 2002.  Understanding the structural control of the Nile through the Batn El Hajar region, Northern Sudan, using remote sensing imagery.

John C. Volesky, PhD, 2002. Massive sulfide deposits of the Wadi Bidah Mineral District, Saudi Arabia: geologic control of mineralization; remote sensing and mineral exploration; geochemical exploration and petrogenesis.

Shuhab Danishwar Khan, PhD, 2001. Field relations, geochemical, isotopic and age studies of the Teru Volcanic Formation, Northern Kohistan Terrane, Pakistani Himalayas.

Robert F. Gribble, PhD, 1995.  Variation in incompatible trace element and isotopic composition in Mariana Trough lavas.

Jennifer E. Winkler, MS, 1995.  Late Mesozoic to Early Cenozoic denudation of the Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma, based on apatite fission-track thermochronology.

Mohamed Abdelsalam, PhD, 1993.  Tectonic evolution of the Late Precambrian Nakasib Suture and Oko Shear Zone, Red Sea Hills, Sudan.

Jongman Lee, PhD, 1993.  Forty million years of magmatic evolution in the Mariana Arc: The tephra glass record.

Trudi Webb, MS, 1992.  Extension and subsidence in the Beibu Gulf Basin, South China Sea.

Steven E. Best, MS, 1989.  Remote sensing analysis of the Manisana Shear Zone, northeast Sudan : Implications for Late Precambrian (Pan-African) crustal deformation in northeast Sudan.

James F. Reilly, II, MS, 1987.  Rb/Sr geochronology of the granitic intrusives of the Hobbs Coast Region, west Antarctica.

David A. Voegeli, MS, 1985.  The origin of composite dike rocks from the north Eastern Desert and Sinai, Egypt.

Kathleen W. Massey, MS, 1984.  Rubidium-strontium geochronology and petrology of the Hammamat Formation, Northeast Desert, Egypt.


Visit Dr. Stern's website for a list of recent publications.

  • Updated: February 6, 2012