Ian W. D. Dalziel, UTIG Research Professor and DGS Professor
Ian W. D. Dalziel
Research Professor, UTIG;
Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh (1963)
B.Sc., University of Edinburgh (1959)
Email: ian at ig.utexas.edu
Ian is Research Professor at UTIG and a Professor of
Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a John J. and
Katherine J. Jackson Research Fellow for 2009-2010. Ian has dedicated most of
his career to understanding global tectonic processes and to mapping out the
geography of ancient times on a dynamic Earth.
His 35 years of field experience have been devoted to work in the British
Caledonides, the Canadian Shield, the Andes, and Antarctica. NSF-sponsored
fieldwork in Antarctica between 1995 and 1998 led Ian to propose that ancestral
North America, known to geologists as Laurentia, was
connected to South America, Africa, and Antarctica one billion years ago by a
large promontory, which he named the "Texas Plateau" (see Powerpoint
Through Time" and "From Texas To Antarctica"
of Texas" poster). The results of this work were published in the
January 1995 issue of Scientific American. Working with colleagues
from the U.K. and Australia, Ian has turned his attention to unraveling the
complicated tectonic history of Scotland, his homeland. Recently, Ian has been studying the
possible link between the
Iapetus-Pacific oceanic connection and the Cambrian transgression and radiation.
Ian was president of the
International Division of Geological Society of America from 1996 to 1997, has
served as delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research of
International Union of Geological Sciences since 1987, and has served as the
International Secretary of the American Geophysical Union since 1996.