Office: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Earth and Planetary Sciences) 1974
Lamont-Doherty Geol. Obs. of
Ph. D. Lamont-Doherty Geol. Obs. (Marine Geology with a Geophysics minor) 1982
Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct
Adj. Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth
Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty
Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching
Research Assistant to Prof. John Sclater, M.I.T. 1974-1975
Varsity Letter in Crew - M.I.T. 1974
Graduate Fellow of the Faculty of
Boris Bakmeteff Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics-Columbia 1978-1979
Bruce Heezen Prize for Outstanding Student-Columbia 1981
Invited Speaker: Symposium on Locating Old Mantle Plumes 1998
Invited Key Note Speaker: Fourth Archean Symposium:
Board of Editors: Precambrian Research 2001-2006
47 weeks cumulative sea experience on 15 research projects conducted on board the R/V Chain, Conrad, Endeavor, Jeannie, Surveyor, Kelez, Lee, Vema, and Thomas Washington. All but the first involved heat flow and coring. A majority of the cruises collected single channel seismic and magnetometer measurements.
Sclater, J.G., D.H. Abbott and J. Theide, 1977. Paleobathymetry and sediments of the Indian Ocean, in Indian Ocean Geology and Biostratigraphy, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-24.
Abbott, D.H., W. Menke, M. Hobart, and R.N. Anderson, 1981. Evidence for excess pore pressures in
Embley, R. W., M. A. Hobart, R. N. Anderson, and D. Abbott, 1983.
Anomalous heat flow in the
Abbott, D.H., W.H. Menke, and R. Morin, 1983. Constraints upon water advection in sediments of the Mariana Trough, Journal of Geophysical Research, 88, 1075-1093.
Abbott, D.H., W.H. Menke, M. Hobart, R.N. Anderson, and R.W. Embley, 1984. Correlated sediment thickness, temperature gradient, and excess pore pressure in a marine fault block basin, Geophysical Research Letters, 11, 485-488.
Abbott, D.H., and S.E. Hoffman, 1984. Archean plate tectonics revisited 1: Heat flow, spreading rate, and the age of subducting oceanic lithosphere, and their effects on the origin and evolution of continents, Tectonics, 3, 429-448.
Abbott, D.H., and M. Lyle, 1984. Age of oceanic plates at subduction and volatile recycling, Geophysical Research Letters, 11, 951-954.
Abbott, D.H., 1984. Archean plate tectonics revisited 2. Paleosealevel changes, continental area, oceanic heat loss, and the area-age distribution of the ocean basins, Tectonics, 3, 709-722.
Abbott, D.H., R.W. Embley, and M.A. Hobart, 1985. Correlation of
shear strength, hydraulic conductivity, and thermal gradients with sediment
Abbott, D.H., 1986. A statistical correlation between ridge crest offsets and spreading rate, Geophysical Research Letters, 13, 157-160.
Abbott, D.H., J. L. Morton, and M.L. Holmes, 1986. Heat flow measurements on a hydrothermally active, slow-spreading ridge: The Escanaba Trough, Geophysical Research Letters, 13, 678-680.
Abbott, D.H., M. A.
Hobart, and R. W. Embley, 1986. Heat flow and
mass wasting in the
Abbott, D.H., and M.
Fisk, 1986. Tectonically controlled origin of three
unusual rock suites in the
Embley, R.W., L.D. Kulm, G. Massoth, D. Abbott, and M. Holmes, 1988. Morphology, structure, and resource potential of the Blanco transform, in Geology and Resource Potential of the Continental Margin of Western North America and Adjacent Ocean Basins-Beaufort Sea to Baja California, edited by D.W. Scholl, A. Grantz, and J.G. Vedder, Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources, Earth Science Series, Vol. 6.
Abbott, D.H., and W.H. Menke, 1990. Length of the global
plate boundary at 2.4
Abbott, D.H., 1991. The case for accretion of the tectosphere by buoyant subduction, Geophysical Research Letters, 18, 585-588.
Menke, W.H., and
D.H. Abbott, 1991. Geophysical Theory,
Abbott, D.H., L. Burgess, J. Longhi, and W.H.F. Smith, 1994. An empirical thermal history of the Earth's upper mantle, Journal of Geophysical Research, 99, 13,835-13,850.
Abbott, D.H., R. Drury and W.H.F. Smith, 1994. The flat to steep transition in subduction style, Geology, 22, 937-940.
Abbott, D. H., and W. D. Mooney, 1995. The structural and geochemical evolution of the continental crust: Support for the oceanic plateau model of continental growth, Reviews of Geophysics, Supplement, 231-242, 1995.
Ricciardi, K., and D. H. Abbott, 1996. Increased mantle convection during the Mid-Cretaceous: A comparative study of potential mantle temperature, Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 8673-8684.
Abbott, D. H., 1996. Plumes vs. hotspots as sources of unsubductable greenstone belts, Lithos, 37, 113-127.
Stoddard, P., and D.H. Abbott, 1996. The influence of the tectosphere upon plate motion, Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 5425-5433.
Abbott, D.H., R. Drury, and W. Mooney, 1997. Continents as lithological icebergs: The importance of submerged buoyant roots in the search for the oldest continental crust, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 149, 29-42.
Small, C. and D. H. Abbott, 1998. Subduction obstruction and the crack up of the Pacific plate, Geology, 26, 795-798.
Condie, K. C. and D. H. Abbott, 1999. Preface to Special Volume on
Oceanic Plateaus and
Franco, H., and D. H. Abbott, 1999. Gravity signatures of terrane accretion, Lithos, 46, 5-15.
Isley, A. E. and D. H. Abbott, 1999. Plume-related mafic volcanism and the deposition of banded iron-formation, Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, 15461-15477.
Gavrilov, C. V. and D. H. Abbott, 1999. Termomechnicheskaya Model Teplo i Massoperenosa v Okrestnosti Zoni Subduktsii (in Russian), English translation of title: Thermomechanical models of heat and mass transfer near subduction zones, Physics of the Earth, 12, 1-10.
Abbott, D.H., C. Herzberg, W. Mooney, D. Sparks, and Y. S. Zhang, 2000, Quantifying Precambrian crustal extraction: The root is the answer, Tectonophysics, 322, 163-190, Special Issue on Continental Growth, edited by Paul Sylvester.
Condie, K. A., D. J. Des Marais, D. Abbott, 2000, Geologic evidence for a mantle superplume event at 1.9 Ga, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, 1, Geochemical Earth Reference Model (GERM) Special Issue, Paper number 2000GC000095.
Condie, K. A., D. Des Marais, and D. Abbott, 2001. Precambrian superplumes and supercontinents: A record in black shales, carbon isotopes, and paleoclimates?, Precambrian Research. 106, 239-260.
Abbott, D. H. and A. E. Isley, 2001, Oceanic upwelling and mantle plume activity, paleomagnetic tests of ideas on the source of the iron in early Precambrian iron formations, Geological Society of America, Special Volume on Mantle Plumes, edited by R. Ernst and K. Buchan, pp.323-339.
Isley, A. E. and D.H. Abbott, 2002. Implications of the temporal distribution of high Mg magmatism for mantle plume volcanism, Journal of Geology, 110, 141-158.
Condie, K. C., D. J. Des Marais, and D. H. Abbott, 2002. Preface to special Superplume issue of the Journal of Geodynamics, Journal of Geodynamics, 34, 1-4.
Abbott, D. H. and A. E. Isley, 2002, The duration, magnitude, and intensity of mantle plume activity over the last 3.8 Ga, Journal of Geodynamics, 34, 265-307.
Abbott, D.H, and A. E. Isley, 2002. Extraterrestrial influences on mantle plume volcanism, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 205, 53-62.
Abbott, D. H., and A. E. Isley, 2003. Reply to discussion of ‘Extraterrestrial influences on mantle plume activity’ by Andrew Glikson, Earth and Planetary Science Letters,215, 429-432.
Abbott, D. H. and J. T. Hagstrum, 2004. Strategies for finding the record of Precambrian impact events, in Tempos and Events in Precambrian Time, Ed. P. G. Eriksson and D. R. Nelson, Developments in Precambrian Geology, pp. 45-62, Elsevier.
Abbott, D. H., W. B.
Masse, L.H. Burckle, D. Breger,
and P. Gerard-Little, 2005. Burckle abyssal
impact crater: Did this impact produce a global deluge? Atlantis
Atwater, B. F. J. Bourgeois, H. Yeh, D. Abbott, M. Cisternas, U. Glawe, B. Higman, B. Horton, R. Peters, K. Rajendran, M. P. Tuttle, 2005. Tsunami Geology and Its Role in Hazard Mitigation, EOS Trans. AGU, 86, p. 400.
Abbott, D. H., E. A. Bryant, V. Gusiakov, W. B. Masse, A. Raveloson, and H. Razafindrakoto, 2006. Report of International Tsunami Expedition to Madagascar-sponsored by WAPPMER, posted to International Tsunami Bulletin Board.
Bryant, T., G. Walsh,
and D. Abbott, 2007. Cosmogenic mega-tsunami
Abbott, D. H. and R. Mazumder, 2007, Using Magnetic Susceptibility to Find Precambrian Impact Ejecta: A Proposal, Gondwana Research, 12, 571-575.
Abbott, D. H., W. B. Masse, L.H. Burckle, D. Breger, and P. Gerard-Little, 2007. Burckle abyssal impact crater: Did this impact produce a global deluge? in The Atlantis Hypothesis: Searching for a Lost Land, Heliotopos Publications, St. P. Papmarinopoulous, Ed. , pp. 179-190. (black and white version in book with Appendix added).
Geli, L., T. Lee, J. R. Cochran, J. Francheteau, D. Abbott, C. Labails, and D. Appriou , 2008, Heat flow from the Southeast Indian Ridge flanks between 80°E and 140°E: Data review and analysis, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2007JB005001.
Scheffers, A. M., D. H. Kelletat, S. R Scheffers, D. H Abbott, E. A Bryant, in press, The Chevron Mystery - A Geomorphologic Approach to Explain Worldwide Enigmatic Sedimentary Coastal Features, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie.
Recent abstracts in the process of being turned into papers or papers being revised and resubmitted.
Gerard-Little, P., D. H. Abbott, D. Breger, and L. Burckle, A Late
Pliocene impact into the
Abbott, D. H., P. Biscaye,
J. Cole-Dai, D. Breger, and M. Kumar, An Impact Ejecta Layer in the 1443 A.D. Horizon of the Siple Dome Ice Core from
Abbott, D. H., R. Mazumder, and D. Breger, 2006.
Native Iron in the Chaibasa Shales,
Abbott. D.H., S. Martos, H. Elkinton, E. F.
Bryant, V. Gusiakov, and D. Breger,
2006. Impact Craters as Sources of Megatsunami
Generated Chevron Dunes, Geological Society of
Martos, S., D.
Abbott, H. Elkinton, and D. Breger,
2006. Impact Ejecta from the
Craters Kanmare and Tabban
in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Geological Society of
Elkinton, H., D. Abbott, S. Martos, and D. Breger, 2006. Impactor Fragments from the Craters
Kanmare and Tabban in the
Gulf of Carpentaria, Geological Society of
Abbott, D. H., M.-A.
Costa, S. Costa, P. Gerard-Little, L. Burckle, D. Breger, and
M.-A. Courty, D. H. Abbott, G. Cortese, A. Crisci, X. Crosta, P. De Wever, M. Fedoroff, P. Greenwood, K. Grice, M. Mermoux, U. Scharer, D. C. Smith, M. H. Thiemen, 2006. Scenario of the 4 kyr Cosmic Impact: Crater location, Ejecta-dispersion and consequences, EOS, Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract GC41B-1055.
D. Breger, D. Abbott,L. Burckle, P. Gerard-Little, H. Elkinton, and S. Martos, 2006. Plop plop fizz fizz: Identifying and characterizing Holocene microejecta from two oceanic cosmic impacts using analytical scanning electron microscopy EOS, Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P51A-1179.
Masse, W, E. Bryant, V. Gusiakov, D. Abbott, G. Rambolamana,
H. Raza, M. Courty, D. Breger, P. Gerard-Little, L. Burckle,
2006. Holocene Indian Ocean Cosmic Impacts: The Megatsunami
Chevron Evidence From
Abbott, D., E. Bryant,V. Gusiakov, and W. Masse,
2007, Megatsunami of the
Abbott, D. H., E. W. Tester, C. A. Meyers, D. Breger, 2007. Impact ejecta and megatsunami deposits from a historical impact into the Gulf of Carpentaria, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 312.
Tester, E. W., D. H. Abbott, and C. A. Meyers, 2007. Evidence for a late Holocene oblique impact into the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 312.
Meyers, C. A., D. H. Abbott, E. W. Tester, and D. Breger, 2007. Impact-affected microfossils from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 373.
Masse, W.; Weaver, R.; Abbott, D.; Gusiakov, V.; Bryant, E., 2007. Missing in Action?
Evaluating the Putative Absence of Impacts by Large Asteroids and Comets during
the Quaternary Period, Proceedings of the Advanced Maui Optical and Space
Surveillance Technologies Conference, held in Wailea,
Abbott, D. H., Tester, E. W., Meyers,
C. A.. Breger. D., and Chivas,
A. M., 2007. Sediment Transport, Mixing, and Erosion by an Impact
Publications Resulting from Previous Funding of
Shestakovich, Ninel, 2000. The Heat is Rising: Exploring Geothermal Resources at the Black Rock Forest Preserve; Barnard College Senior Thesis, 30 pp.
Bossewitch, Tamara, 2000. The Heat is On: Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems, Barnard College Senior Thesis, 56 pp.
Modi, Prachi, 2001. Ground Source Geothermal Power Systems:
How Well Do They Work?, ,
Courses I Have Taught
of Ocean Basins (at
Data Analysis (
Studies in Environmental Science (
Courses that I can teach on the undergraduate level:
Methods of Data Analysis
Introduction to Geophysics
Research Methods in Earth and Environmental Science
Natural Hazards and Disasters
Case Studies in Environmental Science
Experience in Teaching Research Methods and in Mentoring Undergraduates and Young PhDs
Since summer 1993, I have personally advised 17 summer interns on a wide variety of research projects involving petrology, marine geology, marine geophysics, tectonophysics, and physical oceanography. About one third of these projects have led to published papers with the students. In recent years, I have become very interested in mentoring younger scientists. I find it to be extremely rewarding and satisfying. In the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, I am serving as the mentor for two high school students (twin sisters) who are working on oceanic impacts and who will be competing in the Westinghouse competition later in 2005 and early in 2006. They have already won prizes at two local science fairs.
Public Outreach Activities: Since 2004, I have given an annual lecture on my research to about 20 Earth Science Teachers as part of the Earth2Class program. The program indirectly impacts about 2000 public school students each year. She also participates in the LDEO Open House for the public.