Dana Johnston is a geology specialist with particular expertise in plate tectonics, volcanism, metamorphism, and mineral deposits. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota and was then a professor, department head and dean of the natural sciences division during his 33-year career in the Center for Volcanology at the University of Oregon. Along the way he served as both associate editor and editor of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. He is an author or co-author of 100 scientific publications, many arising from research in the laboratory he ran in which he and his graduate students partially melted rocks at pressures up to nearly 500,000 psi, aiming to elucidate magmatic processes in geologic environments including mid-oceanic spreading ridges, hot spot volcanoes, subduction zones and in thickened continental crust.
While growing up he lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, and in Beirut, Lebanon; San Juan Puerto Rico; London, England; and was a post-doc at the University of Bergen, Norway and at Caltech before beginning his position at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is a huge enthusiast of all that the high-latitude regions of Earth have to offer, both north and south.
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