"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge."
Dan K. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University - Idaho
Chairman, Research & Creative Works Council, Brigham Young University - Idaho
Research Director, Southeast Idaho Research Institute (SIRI)
Geoscience Division Councilor, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Journal Review Board Member, Student Learning Through Mentored Scholarship (SLMS)
Email: email@example.com - Phone: (208) 496-7682 - ROM 290, Rexburg, ID 83460-0510
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D, 1997, , Geology. Doctoral thesis: O-diffusion in Rutile from 750 to 1000 °C and 0.1 to 1000 MPa.
Brigham Young University, M.Sc., 1993, Geology, B.Sc., 1991, Geology. Master's thesis: Geology and Petrogenesis of the Oligocene East Tintic Volcanic Field, Utah.
Research & Scholarship Interests
Igneous petrogenesis: Integrated field and analytical studies of the petrogenesis of North American magma systems. Currently investigating the petrogenesis of Eocene-age subduction-related magmas of the Absaroka volcanic field and Pliocene-to-present plume-related magmas of the Yellowstone-Snake River Plain volcanic province.
High temperature experimental geochemistry: Integrated field and laboratory studies of high temperature geochemical systems. Currently investigating the petrogenetic information contained in point defects in obsidian using positron annihilation spectroscopy.
Philosophy of geology: The strengths and weaknesses of abductive reasoning in the geosciences; Concepts of time in geology; the fundamental principles of geology—their origins, strengths, and weaknesses.
The relationship between discovered and revealed truth: How to approach issues of apparent conflict between science and religion as a disciple and scholar; Helping students learn to address apparent conflicts with faith and scholarship.
Scholarship of learning and teaching: Using concept mapping and other strategies to identify, and create learning activities to solve common student misconceptions in the geosciences; Learning-centered teaching methods; Mastery-focused assessment approaches; Student research and scientific writing skills development.
Big History: Interactions between Earth and human systems relating to the rise, maintenance, and demise of civilizations.
Professor, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2001-present. Courses Taught: Geology 101 - Introduction to Physical Geology; FDSCI 101 - Foundations of Science; FDSCI 207 - Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life; FDSCI 209 - How to Build a Habitable Planet; Geology 111 - Introduction to Physical Geology; Geology 112 - Historical Geology; Geology 316 - Writing in the Geosciences; Geology 351 - Earth Materials; Geology 352 - Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology; Geology 412 - Geology of North America; Geology 420 - Geochemistry; Geology 490 - Research in Geology; Geology 497 - Geoscience Career Development and Preparation;
Travel Study Faculty, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2003-present. U.S. National Parks & Monuments: Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Dinosaur, Fossil Butte, Zion, Yellowstone, Teton, & City of Rocks; Domestic: Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Washington D.C., & Appalachian Mountains; International: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Italy, & Greece.
Leadership & Service
Research Director & Board Member, Southeast Idaho Research Institute, 2010-present.
Geoscience Division Counselor, Council on Undergraduate Research, 2012-present.
Journal Review Board Member, the journal of Student Learning Through Mentored Scholarship (SLMS), 2012-present.
Geological Society of America Meetings: Changes in the Undergraduate Research Experience over Time: Perspectives from Individual Mentors, Departments, and Institutions, Co-chair, October 2013.
Department Chair, Geology Department, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2007-2012.
Faculty Committee Chair, Brigham Young University-Idaho, various committees, 2001-present.
Assistant to the Executive Director, American Geophysical Union, 1997-2001
Church Leader, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1986-present.
Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America, 1998-present. Eagle Scout, 1983.
Geologic Field Mapping
Laboratory and Analytical Methos
Basic Mathematical Modeling
Research Grants, Brigham Young University-Idaho College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and Department of Geology, 2007-present, $2-5k per year
Research Award, Idaho Geological Survey, 2012, $2k
Research Grant, Educational Mapping Program Grant #G11AC20201, United States Geological Survey, 2011, $5k
National Park Research Permit, Yellowstone National Park, 2007-2008
Research Management Fellowship, American Geophysical Union, 1997-1998
Research Fellowship, Dept. of Earth & Envir. Sciences, RenRPI, 1993-1997
Student Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University, 1991
Departmental Service Award, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University, 1991
Research Assistantship, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University, 1990-1992
Tuition Scholarship, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University, 1998-1990
Geological Society of America
Mineralogical Society of America
American Geophysical Union
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Idaho Academy of Science
Supervised Undergraduate Theses
McCullough J, and Journigan A, 2013, Is a Yellowstone super-eruption likely in the geologically-near future? A volumetric analysis of all the rhyolitic magma erupted since the Yellowstone III caldera formed, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Johnson A, 2013, Origin of basaltic lava terraces in the Henry’s Fork river canyon, Island Park, Idaho
Taylor C, 2012, Will Yellowstone Erupt Again? A volumetric analysis of the most recent rhyolitic magma erupted inside the Yellowstone III caldera, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Engleman B, Atkinson T, & Thornton V, 2011, The southern boundary of the Heise caldera and origin of basaltic terraces in Willow Creek Canyon, Ririe Reservoir Area, Idaho.
Grigg J, 2011, Petrogenesis of magmas erupted in the Spencer-High Point Rift Zone, Snake River Plain, Idaho
Dosset T, Reed T, & McIlrath S, 2010, Interactions between the South Fork of the Snake River and basaltic lava flows between Swan Valley and Ririe, Idaho
Shenton B and McGuire K, 2010, Composition and Petrogenesis of the basalts of the Island Park area, Idaho.
Shulthies S and Shulthies M, 2010, Cluster Analysis of major and trace element compositions of the Yellowstone Snake River Plain volcanic province, Idaho and Wyoming.
Hansen S, Shurtliff R, and Grover S, 2009, Petrology of the Igneous Rocks of the Centennial & Henry’s Mountains, Idaho
Sant C, Wood R, Miller B, Moore DK, 2008, Petrogenesis and geologic history of the Sawtell Peak Volcanic Field, Idaho.
Flaherty S, 2007, Petrogenesis of quartz microstructures from the Yellowstone-Snake River Plain Volcanic System, Idaho.
Flamm D, 2006, New insights into the petrogenesis of the Oligocene East Tintic volcanic field, Utah.
Moore DK, Embree GF, Champion DE, Kuntz MK, Shenton B, McGuire K, and Painter C, invited paper in prep, Origin of basaltic lava terraces in the Henry’s Fork river canyon, Island Park, Idaho
Atkinson T, Engleman B, Thornton V, Moore DK, and Embree GF, 2013, Geologic Map of the Ririe Reservoir Area, Idaho: Idaho Geological Survey Technical Report.
Moore DK, Sant C, Wood R, Miller B, Hansen S, Shurtliffe R, and Grover G, 2012, Field Guide to the Eocene Igneous Rocks of the Centennial and Henry’s Mountains, Idaho and Montana, Northwest Geology, 41: 83-94.
Dossett TS, Reed TH, McIlrath SL, Moore DK, and Embree GF, 2012, Geologic Map of the South Fork of the Snake River between Swan Valley and Ririe, Idaho: Idaho Geological Survey Technical Report.
Moore DK, Tonks B, and Holyoak A, 2012, Seeking Truth through Science and Religion: Being Disciple Scholars: Perspective, 12: 12–18.
Keith JD, Tingey DG, Moore DK, Hannah JL, Nelson ST, Cannan TM, Macbeth A, Pulsipher T, 2008, Geologic Map of the Tintic Mountain Quadrangle, Utah, Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigation Series.
Moore DK, Keith JD, Christiansen EH, Kim CS, Tingey DG, Nelson, ST, Flamm DS, 2007, Petrogenesis of the Oligocene East Tintic Volcanic Field, Utah, in Willis GC, Hylland MD, Clark DL, Chidsey TC, Jr., editors, Central Utah-Diverse Geology of a Dynamic Landscape: Utah Geological Association Publication 36: 163-180.
Moore DK, Cherniak DJ, Watson EB, 1998, Oxygen diffusion in rutile from 750 to 1000 °C and 0.1 to 1000 Mpa, American Mineralogist 83: 700-711.
Moore DK, 1997, Oxygen diffusion in rutile under geologic conditions [Ph.D. Thesis] Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 67 p.
Moore DK, 1993, Oligocene East Tintic volcanic field, Utah: geology and petrogenesis [M.S. Thesis]: Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, 98 p.
McIlrath SL, Dossett TS, Reed TH, Moore DK, and Embree GF, 2012, Plio-Pleistocene Interactions Involving Basalt Flows and the South Fork of the Snake River between Swan Valley and Ririre, Idaho: A Dam Story, in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 44: 75.
Embree GF, Phillips WM, Champion D, Moore DK, Jordan BR, and Geissman JW, 2011, Large-scale rheomorphic structures and basalt stratigraphy of the Newdale and Linderman Dam 7.5-minute quadrangles, Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43: 64.
Moore DK, McGuire K, Shenton B, Nickens Q, Kuntz MK, Johnson C, Schulthies S, and Schulthies M, 2011, Composition and History of the Basalts of the Island Park Area, Idaho, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 43: 6.
Moore DK, Christiansen EH, Kuntz MK, McGuire K, and Shenton B, 2010, Composition and Petrogenesis of the basalts of the Island Park area, ID, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 42: 101.
Moore DK, Hansen S, Shurtliff R, and Grover S, 2010, Petrology of the Igneous Rocks of the Centennial & Henry’s Mountains, Idaho, U.S.A., in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, p. 5.
Moore D.K., 2010, Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at BYU-Idaho, in Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting Proceedings
Moore DK, Wood RE, Sant CJ, Miller BC, and Jordan BR, 2009, Petrology of the Igneous Rocks of Sawtell Peak, Idaho, U.S.A., in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41: 114.
Jordan B, Embree G, Moore DK, 2008, Lava Dams and the Formation of Pillow Lavas near the mouth of Teton Canyon, Idaho, U.S.A., IAVCEI General Assembly 2008 Abstracts, Poster Session III, p. 33.
Moore DK, Cherniak DJ, Watson EB, 1996, Oxygen diffusion in rutile and corundum. Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 77:280.
Keith JD, Moore DK, Tingey DG, Barr DL, Christansen EH, Whitney JA, Cannon TM, 1993, The role of mafic alkaline magmas and magmatic sulfides in ore genesis; examples from the Bingham district and East Tintic Mountains. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 25: 61.
Moore DK, Keith JD, Christiansen EH, 1992, Igneous rocks of the East Tintic Mountains, Utah: geology and petrogenesis. Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 73:657.
Keith JD, Whitney JA, Kim CS, Cannon TM, Moore DK, Tingey DG, 1992, Magmatic sulfides in intermediate rocks: their potential role in hydrothermal ore deposits. International Geol. Congress, Abstracts 29:200.
Moore DK, August 2013, Being Disciple Scholars: Searching for Truth Where Science and Religion Meet, Brigham Young University-Idaho Education Week, Rexburg, Idaho.
Moore DK, June 2013, Working with industry: A novel way to provide large numbers of students with “learning by doing” experiences, Council on Undergraduate Research Executive Meeting, Anaheim, California.
Moore DK, March 2011, Island Park: Window to the Petrogenesis of Snake River Plain Basalts, Geology Department, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.
Moore DK, August 2009, The Sanctifying Power of the Atonement, University Devotional Speech, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho.