Declan De Paor
Old Dominion University
Declan G. De Paor
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.
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).
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.
Website Content Contributions
Emergent Models in Google Earth part of 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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Grand Tour of the Terrestrial Planets part of GEODE:GEODE Teaching Resources
In the age of publicly funded space exploration involving several national space agencies, knowing about the highest mountain in the solar system is as basic to geospatial literacy as knowing about the highest ...
Reasons for the Seasons part of GEODE:GEODE Teaching Resources
Reasons for the seasons (RFTS for short) is an interactive learning resource that leverages the popular Google Earth virtual globe. It is designed to help students and members of the public visualize and understand ...
A Grand Tour of the Ocean Basins part of GEODE:GEODE Teaching Resources
The Tour Stops are arranged in a teaching sequence, starting with continental rifting and incipient ocean basin formation in East Africa and the Red Sea and ending with the oldest surviving fragments of oceanic ...
Fold Analysis Challenge part of GEODE:GEODE Teaching Resources
The Fold Analysis Challenge (FAC) uses Google Earth and a customized Google Earth interface to help students visualize the orientations of eroded dipping sedimentary layers and to visualize the geometries of folds ...
Lahar Risk Assessment part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars: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.
Intro Astronomy – the Solar System part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars: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.
Geospatial and geosocial education part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Geospatial and geosocial education Declan G. De Paor, Department of Physics, Old Dominion University, email@example.com The following were my undergraduate courses at University College Dublin, Ireland: 1969-70, 1st ...
Conference Presentations (2)
Technology for Teaching Geoscience Onsite and Online part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Geoscientists face challenges when it comes to teaching with technology. Although our discipline is highly visual, it is also very physical and tactile. We traditionally map geological contacts on foot, record ...
Interactive, Web-Based Geoscience Education Resources part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday B
The geosciences are highly visual, and benefit greatly from computer visualizations, but also stress hands-on and tactile student experiences. Digital methodologies are recent additions to a toolkit of skills ...
Other Contributions (2)
Teaching with Geospatial Technology part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Mini Workshops:Geospatial Technology
At this BYOD (bring your own device) workshop, participants will obtain hand-on experience with innovative hardware and software designed to enhance geoscience education and undergraduate research. Topics will ...
Virtual Geological Mapping and Development of Geospatial Analysis Competencies Using Google Earth and Related Digital technologies part of Structural Geology:2014 Structure and Tectonics Forum Abstracts
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University GEODE Team* Field geology, especially structural and tectonic mapping, has long been a central part of geoscience education. Many programs require a residential field camp ...