Education

2018

California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA

Ph.D Geological Sciences

Dissertation
Regional structural geology of Earth and Mars
Advisors
BL Ehlmann and JP Grotzinger

2014

M.S. Geology

2011

University of North Carolina – Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC

B.S. Geological Sciences with Highest Honors · B.A. Economics

Positions

2019–present

University of Wisconsin – MadisonMadison, WI

Research scientist

2018—2019

University of Wisconsin – MadisonMadison, WI

Postdoctoral research associate

2012—2018

California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA

Graduate research fellow

2011–2012

U.S. Geological SurveyStorrs, CT

NAGT/USGS Cooperative Field Training intern · Contract software developer

2010

Applied Physics LaboratoryLaurel, MD

Lunar science intern

2009

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and PlanetologyHonolulu, HI

NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics intern

2008 – 2011

UNC Isotope Geochemistry LaboratoryChapel Hill, NC

Isotope geochemistry technician

Publications

(in prep) DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, Stratigraphy and structure of the Zebra Nappe, Southern Naukluft Mountains, Namibia (anticipated submission early 2020).

(in press) N Stein, DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, C Fedo, BL Ehlmann, KM Stack, L Edgar, AA Fraeman, and R Deen, Regional structural orientation of the Mt. Sharp group revealed by in-situ dip measurements and stratigraphic correlations on the Vera Rubin ridge (2020), Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets.

M Domanski, DP Quinn, F Day-Lewis, M Briggs, D Werkema, and J Lane, DTSGUI: A Python program to process and visualize fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing data (2019), Groundwater, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12974.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, A PCA-based framework for determining remotely-sensed geological surface orientations and their statistical quality (2019), Earth and Space Science, preprint doi: 10.31223/osf.io/4enzu, doi: 10.1029/2018EA000416.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates (2019), Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets, preprint doi: 10.31223/osf.io/fzhk7, doi: 10.1029/2018JE005706.

DP Quinn, JS Saleeby, MN Ducea, P Luffi, and PD Asimow, Late-Cretaceous construction of the mantle lithosphere beneath the central California coast revealed by Crystal Knob xenoliths (2018), Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19, doi: 10.1029/2017GC007260.

AA Fraeman, BL Ehlmann, RE Arvidson, CS Edwards, JP Grotzinger, RE Milliken, DP Quinn, and MS Rice, The stratigraphy and evolution of lower Mt. Sharp from spectral, morphological, and thermophysical orbital datasets (2016), Journal of Geophysical Research–Planets, doi: 10.1002/2016je005095.

Funding Sources

2019–

  • NSF ICER-1928362 (collaborative proposal) EarthCube Data Capabilities: Extending Ocean Drilling Pursuits [eODP] (partial support)

2018–

  • DARPA ASKE HR00111990013 Curating Earth systems models from scientific publications (partial support)
  • NSF EAR-1740694 (collaborative proposal) EarthCube Integration: Geochronology Frontier at the Laboratory-Cyberinformatics Interface (primary salary support)

2018–2019

  • Earth Science Information Partners Community Fellowship (partial support)

2014–2017

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (full graduate support)
  • Agouron Foundation astrobiology grant (to Caltech; support for Namibia fieldwork)

2010

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Exxon-Mobil Field Camp Scholarship

Technical Skills

Field geoscience

  • Two PhD field campaigns in southern Namibia (4 months total)
  • Structural mapping and detailed measured sections
  • Teaching assistant for field mapping and stratigraphy during PhD
  • Adapting field techniques to Earth and planetary remote-sensing data

GIS and spatial analysis

  • Commercial (ENVI, ArcGIS) and open-source (QGIS, GDAL, PostGIS and Mapnik) geospatial software
  • Development of open-source tooling for geologic data management
  • Planetary and terrestrial remote sensing, photogrammetry, and hyperspectral imaging

Software development

  • Geospatial software development and data analysis in Python and PostgreSQL
  • Data visualization with d3js, React, Node.js, and Electron
  • iOS geospatial software development to ease field data workflows
  • Familiar user of Unix toolset, git version control, and modern development best practices

Honors · Awards

2018–2019

  • Earth Science Information Partners Community Fellowship

2014–2017

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

2011

  • Anadarko Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (UNC Geology)

2010

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
  • Wheeler Research Award (UNC Geology)
  • Top Geologist (SUNY Buffalo Field Camp)
  • Exxon-Mobil Field Camp Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Carolina Research Scholar

2007 – 2011

  • Dean’s List
  • Carolina Scholar
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar

Teaching experience

2013 — 2017

California Institute of Technology

  • Ge120aIntroduction to field geologic mapping
  • Ge114bMineralogy and petrography
  • Ge121cAdvanced field geologic mapping and stratigraphy

2013 — 2017

Caltech Bike Lab

  • Basic and intermediate bicycle repair

Courses

June 2019

IsoAstro workshopRock Springs, WY

May 2019

EarthCube Geochronology WorkshopMadison, WI

May 13-16, 2019

Lemon Lab WorkshopTucson, AZ

NSF TRIPODS

2018

Geobiology Field CourseNaukluft Mountains, Namibia

Agouron Institute

2016

Geobiology Field CourseLittle Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Agouron Institute

Presentations

Key

  • conference talk
  • conference poster
  • invited lecture

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, Modeling and visualizing errors to geological surface orientations collected by UAV photogrammetry, American Geophysical Union, (San Francisco, CA), December 2019.

DP Quinn, AJ Schaen, K Sundell, GG Gehrels, S Goring, SA Marcott, SR Meyers, SE Peters, JI Ross, M Schmitz, BS Singer, and JW Williams, Sparrow: a data management system and cyberinfrastructure component targeted at geochronology laboratories, Geological Society of America, (Phoenix, AZ), September 2019.

DP Quinn, AJ Schaen, K Sundell, GG Gehrels, SE Peters, JI Ross, M Schmitz, and BS Singer, Sparrow: a cyberinfrastructure component supporting data management and sharing in geochronology laboratories, Goldschmidt, (Barcelona), August 2019.

DP Quinn, AJ Schaen, K Sundell, GG Gehrels, SE Peters, JI Ross, M Schmitz, and BS Singer, Sparrow: a cyberinfrastructure component supporting data management and sharing in geochronology laboratories, Goldschmidt, (Barcelona), August 2019.

DP Quinn, Sparrow: an in-house, interoperable data system for individual geochronology labs, ESIP Summer Meeting, (Tacoma, WA), July 2019.

DP Quinn, AJ Schaen, K Sundell, J Ross, M Schmitz, GG Gehrels, B Singer, SE Peters, JW Williams, and S Goring, Sparrow: a laboratory management software tool and distributed data infrastructure component for geochronology, EarthCube Annual Meeting, June 2019.

DP Quinn, Sparrow: A geochronology-focused lab information management system, EarthCube geochronology workshop, (Madison, WI), May 2019.

Digital tools to understand the Earth: applying informatics approaches to geoscience workflows, Rice University, (Houston, TX), June 2019.

DP Quinn, SE Peters, A Zaffos, and J Czaplewski, Building bridges between geologic maps, stratigraphy, and sample-based measurements to facilitate integrative geoscience, Geologic Mapping Forum, (Minneapolis, MN), April 2019.

DP Quinn and SE Peters, Field production and digital assembly of multiscale geologic maps and stratigraphic columns for regional structural studies, Geologic Mapping Forum, (Minneapolis, MN), April 2019.

Faraway, so close! Adapting structural tools used on Earth to study key environments in Mars history., Texas Christian University, (Fort Worth, TX), April 2019.

The error structure of remotely-sensed geological orientation measurements and their application to structural studies of Mars, University of Chicago, (Chicago, IL), February 2019.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, A statistical framework for determining remotely-sensed geological surface orientations and their error distributions, Geological Society of America, (Indianapolis, IN), November 2018.

DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, A sequence-stratigraphic framework for the Zebra Nappe, southern Naukluft Mountains, Namibia, Geological Society of America, (Indianapolis, IN), November 2018.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, Sedimentary units accessible in the NE Syrtis extended mission area and recent findings on the history of surface water in the broader region, 4th Mars 2020 Landing Site Workshop, (Glendale, CA), October 2018.

Interfaces to data in structural geology, Pre-IRESS workshop, Rice University, (Houston, TX), February 21, 2018.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The layered sulfates at NE Syrtis Major, Mars 2020 Landing Site Working Group, (Glendale, CA), November 2017.

Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, Geoclub, California Institute of Technology, June 1, 2017.

Developing new statistical tools to understand the sulfate stratigraphy at northeast Syrtis Major, Mars, Hawaii Institiute of Geophysics and Planetology seminar, April 2017.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Houston, TX), March 2017.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, A method for error analysis and orientation statistics of best-fitting planes from remote-sensing data, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Houston, TX), March 2017.

DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, Geological Society of America, (Denver, CO), October 2016.

DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, Preliminary structural map of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, Geological Society of America, (Denver, CO), October 2016.

Stratigraphy and Structure of the Zebra Nape of the Naukluft Nappe Complex, Geologic Society of Namibia, (Windhoek, Namibia), September 2016.

The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, Mars Forum, JPL, (Pasadena, CA), May 2016.

DP Quinn and JB Saleeby, Spinel peridotite xenoliths from Crystal Knob and the structure of the mantle lithosphere beneath coastal California, GSA Cordilleran Section, (Ontario, CA), April 2016.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, CRISM Team Meeting, (Baltimore, MD), November 2015.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, Geological Society of America, (Baltimore, MD), November 2015.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, HiRISE Team Meeting, (Myvátn, Iceland), September 2015.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, Structural constraints on the origin of the sulfate-bearing unit at northeast Syrtis Major, 8th Mars Conference, (Pasadena, CA), July 2014.

DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, Provenance of the sulfate-bearing Unit at Northeast Syrtis Major: Insights from Structural Geology, 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Houston, TX), May 2014.

DP Quinn, JB Saleeby, MN Ducea, and P Luffi, Probing the structure of the sub-Salinia mantle lithosphere using spinel lherzolite xenoliths from Crystal Knob, Santa Lucia Range, California, American Geophysical Union, (San Francisco, CA), December 2013.

DP Quinn, JTS Cahill, DBJ Bussey, JA McGovern, PD Spudis, H Noda, and Y Ishihari, Exploration potential for highly illuminated points at the lunar poles using Kaguya, LOLA, and LROC data sets, 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Houston, TX), March 2011.

DP Quinn, JTS Cahill, DBJ Bussey, JA McGovern, PD Spudis, H Noda, and Y Ishihari, Lighting conditions for the Moon's poles: integrating Clementine, Kaguya, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data sets, American Geophysical Union, (San Francisco, CA), December 2010.

DP Quinn, JJ Gillis-Davis, and PG Lucey, Using Microsoft Excel for Hapke modeling: a technique to simplify calculations of optical constants and reflectance spectra, 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Houston, TX), March 2010.

Organizations · Service

2019

  • Session chair, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

2017–2019

  • Curator, FGDC geologic symbology for the web

2017

  • American Geoscience Institute special awards judge, 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

2014–2018

  • President, Caltech Bike Lab

2012–present

  • Member, Geological Society of America
  • Volunteer mechanic, Caltech Bike Lab

2010–present

  • Member, American Geophysical Union

2009

  • Volunteer mechanic, Cycle Manoa