Declan De Paor

Physics and Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Old Dominion University and Pretlow Planetarium

 Declan G. De Paor

Professional Preparation:

1983 - Senior Fulbright Scholar (post-doctoral visiting scientist), SUNY Albany.

1981 - Ph.D., National University of Ireland - Cork: Thesis: Geological Strain Analysis.

1976 - M.Sc., National University of Ireland - Cork: Thesis: Orbicular Granite.

1973 - B.Sc., National University of Ireland - Dublin: Major Geology, Minor Math-Physics.

1951 - Born, Dublin, Ireland


Present: Professor of Geophysics & Pretlow Planetarium Director, Old Dominion University.

2005-2008: Research Professor, Physics & CEE Depts., Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

1999-2005: Research Professor & Director of Field Studies. Earth Sciences Dept., Boston U.

1996-1998: Associate-Lecturer, Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept., Harvard University.

1995-1996: Adjunct Prof., Geo-computing, Geology & Geophysics Dept., Boston College.

1992-2005: Geological software development & consultancy business.

1983-1992: Asst. & Assoc. Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept., Johns Hopkins U.

1978-1983: Junior Lecturer, Geology Dept., National University of Ireland - Galway.

Recent publications:

De Paor, D.G., Whitmeyer, S.J., Marks, M., Bailey, J., 2012. Geoscience applications of client / server scripts, fusion tables, and dynamic KML, GSA Special Paper 492, (in press). 

De Paor, D., Hansen, V., Dordevic, M., 2012. Google Venus, GSA Special Paper 492, (in press).

Simpson, C., De Paor, D., Beebe, M., Strand, J., 2012. Transferring maps and data from pre-digital era theses to Google Earth: A case study from the Vredefort Dome, S.A. GSA Special Paper 492, (in press).

De Paor, D.G., Whitmeyer, S.J., 2011. Geological and Geophysical Modeling on Virtual Globes Using KML, COLLADA, and Javascript. Computers & Geosciences, Vol. 37, p. 100-110.

Whitmeyer, S.J., Nicoletti, J., De Paor, D.G., 2010. The Digital Revolution in Geologic Mapping. GSA Today, Vol. 20, p. 4-10. 

Simpson, C., De Paor, D.G., 2010. Restoring Maps and Memoirs to Four-dimensional Space Using Virtual Globe Technology: A Case Study from the Scottish Highlands. Geological Society of London Special Publication, Vol. 335, p. 429–441.

De Paor, D.G., Whitmeyer, S.J., 2009. Innovations and Redundancies in Field Geology Courses–The James Madison University and Boston University Experience. GSA Special Paper 461.

Whitmeyer, S.J., Feely, M., De Paor, D.G., Hennessey, R., Whitmeyer, S., Nicoletti, J., Santangelo, B., Daniels, J., Rivera, M., 2009. Visualization Techniques in Field Geology Education: Modern Pedagogy and Original Research in Western Ireland. GSA Special Paper 461, pp. 105–116.

Innovations in teaching and training and contributions to the science of learning; Developed hundreds of geoscience learning objects, introduced state-of-the-art digital mapping technologies to curricula, developed several new courses, and published patent number 12/657,999.

Development of research tools, computation methodologies, and algorithms for problem-solving; Developed numerous strain and kinematic analysis techniques, notably (with C. Simpson) the Porphyroblast Hyperbolic Distribution Method.

Development of databases to support research and education; Produced CD ROM database of deformation microstructures (with C. Simpson).

Broadening participation of groups underrepresented in STEM; Advised 6 female graduate students, including the first female african american PhD student in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Service to scientific and engineering community outside of individual’s immediate organization: Offered numerous short courses, workshops, community field trips, & planetarium presentations.

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Emergent Models in Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is one sample of a set of emergent models we are developing for use with Google Earth. Students use the Google Earth time-slider to lift 3D models of the subsurface into view. They can substitute their own ...

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Lahar Risk Assessment part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Students act as first responders assessing Lahar risks associated with eruptions. Teacher sets an alert placemark on the Google Earth web browser plug-in and gives students X minutes to decide whether to evacuate a down-slope town. Students collaborate by text messages.

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Intro Astronomy the Solar System part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
An introduction to the Solar System with an emphasis on the scientific method of inquiry. I incorporate more Earth Science than normal in an astronomy course.

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Geospatial and geosocial education part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Geospatial and geosocial education Declan G. De Paor, Department of Physics, Old Dominion University, The following were my undergraduate courses at University College Dublin, Ireland: 1969-70, 1st ...


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