Ph.D. - Geochemistry The Pennsylvania State University - 1963
M.S. - Geology California Institute of Technology - 1959
B.S. - Geology and Mineralogy The Pennsylvania State University - 1957
Experimental igneous petrology, oceanic volcanism, phase equilibrium theory, the mantle plume controvery, role of volatiles in magmatism, granitic batholiths, electrical conductivity of magmas
Keshav, S., Gudfinnsson, G. H., and Presnall, D. C. (2011) Melting phase
relations of simplified carbonated peridotite at 12-26 GPa in the systems
CaO-MgO-SiO2- and CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-CO2: Highly calcic magmas in the
transition zone of the Earth, Jour. Petrology, 52, 2265-2291. 2011 - Publication
Presnall, D. C. and Gudfinnsson, G. H. (2011) Fracture-Induced Oceanic volcanism
from the low-velocity zone – without mantle plumes, J. Petrol., P. J. Wyllie
Volume (advanced access). 2011 - Publication
Presnall, D. C. and Gudfinnsson, G. H. (2008) Origin of the oceanic lithosphere, J.
Petrol., 72, 615-632. 2008 - Publication
Keshav, S., Sen, G. H., and Presnall, D. C. (2007) Garnet-bearing xenoliths from Salt Lake Crater, Oahu, Hawaii: High-pressure fractional crystallization in the oceanic
mantle., J. Petrol., 48, 1681-1724. 2007 - Publication
Gudfinnsson, G. H., and Presnall, D. C. (2005) Continuous gradations among primary
carbonatitic, kimberlitic, melilititic, basaltic, picritic, and komatiitic melts in
equilibrium with garnet lherzolite at 3-8 GPa, J. Petrol., 46, 1645-1659. 2005 - Publication
Presnall, D. C. and Gudfinnsson, G. H. (2005) Carbonate-rich melts in the oceanic
low-velocity zone and deep mantle, in Foulger, G. R., Natland, J. H., Presnall, D.
C., and Anderson, D. L. (eds.), Plates, Plumes and Paradigms, Geol. Soc. Am.
Spec. Paper 388, 207-216. 2005 - Publication
Presnall, D. C., Gudfinnsson, G. H., and Walter, M. J. (2002) Generation of mid-ocean
ridge basalts at pressures from 1 to 7 GPa, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 66, 2073-
2090. 2002 - Publication
Gudfinnsson, G. H. and Presnall, D. C. (2001) A pressure-independent
geothermometer for primitive mantle melts, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 16,205-16,211. 2001 - Publication
Emeritus Professor University of Texas at Dallas [1999–Present]
Visiting Scientist Carnegie Institution of Washington [1999–2005]
Visiting Scholar Okayama University [1998–2018]
Visiting Scholar Okayama University, Misasa, Japan [1996–2018]
Visiting Professor State University of New York at Stony Brook [1989–2018]
Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Alberta, Edmonton [1989–2018]
Visiting Scientist U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virgina [1983–1984]
Acting Director University of Texas at Dallas [1982–1985]
Professor University of Texas at Dallas [1978–1999]
Geologist U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California [1977–2018]
American Geophysical Union (Fellow)
Geological Society of America (Fellow)
Indian Geophysical Union (Foreign Fellow)
Mineralogical Society of America (Fellow)
Convener, Chapman Conference (American Geophysical Union), Generation of the Oceanic Lithosphere, April 6-10, 1981.
Convener, First International Pressure Calibration Workshop, Misasa, Japan, 1997.
Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, October, 1986-December, 1988.
Editor, Geophysics News, 1993.
Editorial Board, Science Letters, National Academy of Sciences of India, 1998-present.
EOS Associate Editor for Geophysics News, 1994-1995.
Edited volume: Plates, Plumes, and Paradigms (2005), edited by G. R. Foulger, J. H. Natland, D.C. Presnall, and D. L. Anderson, Spec. Paper 388, Geol. Soc. Am., 881 pp.
Member, Task Group on Geochemical Instrumentation, U.S. Geodynamics Committee of the National Research Council, 1988.
Member, Meetings Committee, American Geophysical Union, 1990-1992.
Member, Public Information Committee, American Geophysical Union, 1992-1994.
Member, Committee on Committees, Mineralogical Society of America, 1978-1980, 1991-1993.
Member, MSA Award Committee, Mineralogical Society of America, 1980-1981.
Mineralogical Society of America delegate to the Geological Society of America Joint Technical Program Committee, 1980-1983.
Member, Research Grant Committee, Mineralogical Society of America, 1987-1988.
Member, Macelwane Award Committee, American Geophysical Union, 1994-1996.