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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Structural geology, Royal Holloway, University of London, England.
  • Masters in Structural geology and Metamorphic petrology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.


Research Interests

My research interests lie in the general area of mountain building processes. Within this broad theme, I focus on studying processes of arc-continent collision, the structure and kinematics of foreland thrust and fold belts, and the crustal-scale structure and geodynamics of collisional orogens. Since the early 1990’s my research into arc-continent collision has mostly revolved around the Uralide Orogen of Russia, where perhaps one of the best preserved examples of a Paleozoic arc-continent collision zone outcrops in the southern Urals. More recently, I have expanded this research to include the active arc-continent collision that is taking place in Taiwan. This work has involved detailed, field-based structural geology and sedimentology observations that are integrated with reflection and refraction seismic experiments, geochemistry of arc volcanics, and the petrology of high-pressure rocks to develop process-oriented models for arc-continent collision. This multidiscplinary approach has meant working with scientists from many other areas of Earth Science. Since zones of arc-continent collision are producers of much of the world’s primary economic wealth, especially in the form of minerals, my research has also resulted in a close working relationship with scientists who are interested in integrating the process-oriented models for arc-continent collision with geodynamic models being constructed for the development of massive sulfide deposits. My research interests are also focused on the crustal-scale structure and geodynamic processes of collisional orogenic belts. This interest is particularly centered around the processes of thrust belt evolution, including fold - fault interactions, kinematics, mechanics, the effect of pre-existing basement structures on the structural style, and on the syndeformational sedimentary record. My work integrates fieldwork with reflection and refraction seismic profiling, as well as potential field data to build a 3D crustal model from which a kinematic model is iteratively developed. The integration of different geophysical techniques with field geology is especially important in this work, and I am actively collaborating with geophysicists on various projects from a crustal scale, to high resolution seismics, and petrophysical experiments.


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Brown, D., J. Alvarez-Marron, M. Schimmel, Y. M. Wu, and G. Camanni (2012a), The structure and kinematics of the central Taiwan mountain belt derived from geological and seismicity data, Tectonics, 31(5), doi: 10.1029/2012TC003156.

Brown, D., X. Zhang, I. Palomeras, F. Simancas, R. Carbonell, C. Juhlin, and M. Salisbury (2012b), Petrophysical analysis of a mid-crustal reflector in the IBERSEIS profile, SW Spain, Tectonophysics, 550-553, 35-46, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.05.004.

Llana-Fúnez, S., and D. Brown (2012), Contribution of crystallographic preferred orientation to seismic anisotropy across a surface analog of the continental Moho at Cabo Ortegal, Spain, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 124(9-10), 1495-1513, doi: 10.1130/B30568.1.

Brown, D., R. J. Herrington, and J. Alvarez-Marron (2011a), Processes of arc-continent collision in the uralides, edited, pp. 311-340.

Brown, D., and P. D. Ryan (Eds.) (2011), Arc-continent collision, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-88558-0.

Brown, D., P. D. Ryan, J. C. Afonso, D. Boutelier, J. P. Burg, T. Byrne, A. Calvert, F. Cook, S. Debari, J. F. Dewey, T. V. Gerya, R. Harris, R. Herrington, E. Konstantinovskaya, T. Reston, and A. Zagorevski (2011b), Arc-continent collision: The making of an orogen, in Arc-continent collision, edited by D. Brown and P. D. Ryan, pp. 477-493, Springer.

Camanni, G., D. Brown, J. Alvarez-Marron, M. Schimmel, and Y. M. Wu (2011), Deformation partitioning in Central Taiwan: New insights from surface geology, earthquake focal mechanisms, seismic energy release and GPS measurements along the shuilikeng transpressive fault system, Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 15, 17-19.

Herrington, R. J., and D. Brown (2011), The generation and preservation of mineral deposits in arc-continent collision environments, in Arc-continent collision, edited by D. Brown and P. D. Ryan, pp. 145-159, Springer.

Palomeras, I., R. Carbonell, P. Ayarza, D. Martí, D. Brown, and J. F. Simancas (2011), Shear wave modeling and Poisson's ratio in the Variscan Belt of SW Iberia, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12(7), doi: 10.1029/2011GC003577.

Zhang, X., D. Brown, and Y. Deng (2011), Crustal composition model across the Bangong-Nujiang suture belt derived from INDEPTH III velocity data, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 8(4), 549-559, doi: 10.1088/1742-2132/8/4/007.

Brown, D. (2009), The growth and destruction of continental crust during arc-continent collision in the Southern Urals, Tectonophysics, 479(1-2), 185-196, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.01.011.

Brown, D., and C. Y. Huang (2009), An introduction to the Tectonophysics special issue on arc-continent collision processes, Tectonophysics, 479(1-2), 1-3, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.11.008.

Brown, D., S. Llana-Funez, R. Carbonell, J. Alvarez-Marron, D. Marti, and M. Salisbury (2009), Laboratory measurements of P-wave and S-wave velocities across a surface analog of the continental crust-mantle boundary: Cabo Ortegal, Spain, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 285(1-2), 27-38, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.032.

Saura, E., J. Vergés, D. Brown, P. Lukito, S. Soriano, S. Torrescusa, R. García, J. R. Sánchez, C. Sosa, and R. Tenreyro (2009), Reply to comment by Andrzej Pszczółkowski on "structural and tectonic evolution of western Cuba fold and thrust belt" by Eduard Saura et al, Tectonics, 28(2), doi: 10.1029/2008TC002429.

Brown, D., C. Juhlin, C. Ayala, A. Tryggvason, F. Bea, J. Alvarez-Marron, R. Carbonell, D. Seward, U. Glasmacher, V. Puchkov, and A. Perez-Estaun (2008), Mountain building processes during continent-continent collision in the Uralides, Earth-Science Reviews, 89(3-4), 177-195.

Saura, E., J. Vergés, D. Brown, P. Lukito, S. Soriano, S. Torrescusa, R. García, J. R. Sánchez, C. Sosa, and R. Tenreyro (2008), Structural and tectonic evolution of western Cuba fold and thrust belt, Tectonics, 27(4).

Brown, D. (2007), Modal mineralogy and chemical composition of the Uralide lower crust determined from physical properties data, Tectonophysics, 433(1-4), 39-51.

Juhlin, C., D. Brown, A. Rybalka, and G. Petrov (2007), Moho imbrication in the Middle Urals, Terra Nova, 19(3), 189-194.

Alvarez-Marron, J., R. Rodriguez-Fernandez, N. Heredia, P. Busquets, F. Colombo, and D. Brown (2006), Neogene structures overprinting Palaeozoic thrust systems in the Andean Precordillera at 30°S latitude, Journal of the Geological Society, 163(6), 949-964.

Brown, D., and C. Juhlin (2006), A possible lower crustal flow channel in the middle urals based on reflection seismic data, Terra Nova, 18(1), 1-8.

Brown, D., C. Juhlin, A. Tryggvason, M. Friberg, A. Rybalka, V. Puchkov, and G. Petrov (2006a), Structural architecture of the southern and middle Urals foreland from reflection seismic profiles, Tectonics, 25(1).

Brown, D., V. Puchkov, J. Alvarez-Marron, F. Bea, and A. Perez-Estaun (2006b), Tectonic processes in the Southern and Middle Urals: An overview, in Geological Society Memoir, edited, pp. 407-419.

Brown, D., P. Spadea, V. Puchkov, J. Alvarez-Marron, R. Herrington, A. P. Willner, R. Hetzel, Y. Gorozhanina, and C. Juhlin (2006c), Arc-continent collision in the Southern Urals, Earth-Science Reviews, 79(3-4), 261-287.

Herrington, R., Zaykov, V., Maslennikov, V., Brown D., Puchkov, V. Mineral Deposits of the Urals and Links to Geodynamic Evolution. Economic Geology 100 Anniversery Volume, J.W. Hedenquist, J.F.H. Thompson, R.J. Goldfarb, and J.P. Richards, (eds.), pp. 1069-1095, (2005)


Brown, D., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A., Gorozhanina,Y., Puchkov, V. The structure of the south Urals foreland thrust and fold belt at the transition to the Precaspian Basin

REF. REVISTA/LIBRO: Journal of the Geological Society, 161, 813-822, 2004.                                                                                        

Brown, D., Echtler, H. The structure and evolution of the Uralides. Encyclopedia of Geology. R.C. Selley, L.R. Cocks, I.R. Plimer (eds.), Elsevier, v. 2, pp. 86-95, (2004)                                                       

Fernández, F.J.,  Brown, D., , Alvarez-Marrón, J., Prior, D.J., Pérez-Estaún, A. Microstructure and crystallographic fabric of calcite mylonites at the base of the southern Urals accretionary prism. Journal of the Geological Society, 161, 67-79, 2004                                                                                                                                                         

Brown, D., Carbonell, R., Kukkonen, I, Ayala, C., Golovonova, I. Composition of the Uralide crust from seismic velocity (Vp, Vs), heat flow, gravity, and magnetic data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 210, 333-349, 2003             

Brown, D., Juhlin, C., Puchkov, V. Introduction: Mountian Building in the Uralides. Mountain Building in the Uralides: Pangea to the Present, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph 132, pp. 1 – 8, 2002                                                                                                                                                                                               

Seward, D., Brown, D., Hetzel, R., Freiburg, M., Gerdes, A., Perez-Estaun, A., Petrov, G. A. The late- to post-orogenic low temperature thermochronological history of the southern and central Uralides: Evidence from fission-track analysis. Mountain Building in the Uralides: Pangea to the Present, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph 132, 2002, pp. 257-272                                                                                                                                                     

Brown, D., Juhlin, C., Tryggvason, A. Steer, D., Ayarza, P., Beckholmen, M., Rybalka, A., Bliznetsov, M. The Crustal Architecture of the Southern and Middle Urals from the URSEIS, ESRU, and Alapaev Reflection Seismic Profiles. Mountain Building in the Uralides: Pangea to the Present, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph 132, 2002, pp. 33-48                                

Spadea, P., D’Antonio, M., Kosarev, A., Gorozhanina, Y., Brown, D. Arc-continent collision in the southern Urals: petrogenetic aspects of the fore-arc complex. Mountain Building in the Uralides: Pangea to the Present, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph 132, 2002, pp. 101-134                                                                                                                                                                                

Brown, D., Tryggvason, A. Ascent mechanism of the Dzhabyk batholith, southern Urals: constraints from URSEIS reflection seismic profiling. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 58, 881-884, 2001

Brown, D., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A., Puchkov, V., Ayarza, P., Gorozhanina, Y. Structure and evolution of the Magnitogorsk forearc basin: Identifying upper crustal processes during arc-continent collision in the southern Urals. Tectonics, 20, 364-375, 2001                                                                                                                                               

Tryggvason, A., Brown, D., Pérez-Estaún, A. Crustal architecture of the southern Uralides from true amplitude processing of the URSEIS vibroseis profile. Tectonics, 20, p.1040-1052, 2001                

Brown, D., Spadea, P., Anmo, R. Preface: Processes of arc-continent collision. Tectonophysics, 325, p. vii-viii., 2000                                                          

Ayarza, P., Brown, D., Alvarez-Marrón, J., Juhlin, C. Contrasting tectonic history of the arc-continent suture in the Southern and Middle Urals: Implications for the evolution of the orogen. Journal of the Geological Society of London 157, p. 1065-1076., 2000                                                                                                                                                             

Ayala, C., Kimbell, G.S., Brown, D., Ayarza, P., Menshikov, Y.P. Magnetic evidence for the geometry and evolution of the eastern margin of the East European Craton in the southern Urals. Tectonophysics, 320, 31-44, 2000                                     

Ayarza, P., Juhlin, C., Brown, D., Beckholmen, M., Kimbell, G., Pechning, R., Pevzner, L., Pevzner, R., Ayala, C., Bliznetsov, M., Glushkov, A., Rybalka, A. Integrated geological and geophysical studies in the SG4 borehole area (Tagil volcanic arc-middle Urals): location of seismic reflectors and source of the reflectivity. Journal of Geophysical. Research, 105, 21,333-21,352. 2000

Alvarez-Marron, J., Brown, D., Perez-Estaun, A., Puchkov, V., Gorozhanina, Y. Accretionary complex structure and kinematics during Paleozoic arc-Continent collision in the southern Urals. Tectonophysics, 325, 175-191, 2000                                        

Brown, D., Hetzel, R. Scarrow, J.H. Tracking arc-continent collision subduction zone processes from high pressure rocks in the southern Urals. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 157, 901-904., 2000

Brown, D., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A., Puchkov, V., Ayala, C. Basement influence on foreland thrust and fold belt development: An example from the southern Urals. Tectonophysics, 308, p. 459-472, 1999                                                                                                                                                                                     

Brown, D., Spadea, Processes of forearc and accretionary complex formation during arc-continent collision in the southern Urals, Geology,  27, p.649-652, 1999                                                       


Carbonell, R., Lecerf, D., Itzin, M., Gallart, J.,  Brown, D., Mapping the Moho Beneath the Southern Urals. Geophysical Research Letters, 25, p. 4229 - 4233, 1998                                                                                              

Hardy, S., Duncan, C., Masek, J., Brown, D. Minimium work, fault activity and the growth of orogenic wedges, Basin Research, 10, p. 365-373, 1998                                        

Steer, D.N., Knapp, J.H., Brown, L.D., Echtler, H., Brown, D., Berzin, R. Deep structure of the contiental lithosphere in an unextended orogen: an explosive source seismic reflection profile across the Urals (URSIES 1995) Tectonics, 17, p. 143-137, 1998                                               

Brown, D., Juhlin, C., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A.,  Oslianski, A. Crustal-scale structure and evolution of an arc-continent collision zone in the southern Urals, Russia,Tectonics, 17, p. 158-170, 1998                                                    

Brown, D., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A. Preservation of a subcritical wedge in the south Urals foreland thrust and fold belt, Journal of the Geological Society of London, 154, 593-596, 1998.

 Brown, D., McClay K.R. Data Report: Sulfide textures in the active TAG massive sulfide deposit, 26°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 158: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p. 193-200, 1998                                                                                          

 Perez-Estaun, A., Alvarez-Marron, J., Brown, D., Puchkov, V., Gorozhanina, Y.,  Baryshev, V. Along-strike structural variations in the foreland thrust and fold belt of the southern Urals.  Tectonophysics. 276, p. 265-280, 1997                                  

 Brown, D., Alvarez-Marron, J., Perez-Estaun, A., Gorozhanina, Y., Baryshev, V.  Puchkov, V. Geometric and kinematic evolution of the foreland thrust and fold belt in the southern Urals, Tectonics, Tectonics, 16, p. 551-562 1997                                                         

Knapp, J.H., Steer, D.N., Brown, L.D., Berzin, R., Suleimanov, A., Stiller, M., Luschen, E., Brown, D., Bulgakov, R.,  Rybalka, A.V. A lithosphere-scale image of the Southern Urals from explosion-source seismic reflection profiling in URSEIS ‘95. Science , 274, 226-228, 1996                                                          

Brown, D., Puchkov, V., Alvarez-Marron, J.  Perez-Estaun, A. The structural architecture of the footwall to the Main Uralian Fault, Southern Urals, Earth-Science Reviews, 40, p.125-147, 1996                              

Humphris,  S., Herzig, P., Miller, J., Alt, J., Becker, K., Brown, D., Brugmann, G., Chiba, H., Fouquet, Y., Gemmel, B., Guerin, G., Hannington, M., Holm, N., Honnorez, J., Itturino, G., Knott, R., Ludwig, Nakamura, K., Petersen, S., Reysenbach, A-L., Rona, P., Smith, S., Sturz, A., Tivey, M.,  Zhao, X. The internal structure of a sea floor massive-sulfide deposit. Nature, 377, p.713-716. 1995                                                     

Brown, D.,  Mason, R., An occurrence of sectored birefringence in almandine for Gagnon terrane, Labrador. Canadian Mineralogist, 32, p. 105-110. 1994                             

Brown, D. Low temperature, low pressure deformation and metamorphism of the Vangorda massive sulphides, Yukon, Canada. Mineralium Deposita, 29, p. 330-340. 1994                                                                                 

Brown, D.,  McClay R. Structural geology of the Vangorda Pb - Zn orebody, Yukon, Canada. Ore Geology Reviews, 9, p.61-78. 1994                     

Brown, D.,  McClay, K.R. Deformation textures in pyrite from the Vangorda Pb-Zn-Ag deposit, Yukon, Canada. Mineralogical Magazine, 57, p.55-66, 1993          

Brown, D., Rivers, T.,  Calon, T. A structural analysis of a metamorphic fold and thrust belt, northeast Gagnon terrane, Grenville Province. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 29, p.1915-1927, 1992

Brown, D., van Gool, J., Calon, T.,  Rivers, T. The geometric and kinematic development of the Emma Lake thrust stack, Grenville Front zone, southwestern Labrador. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 28, p.136-144, 1991                                                                     

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