Doctor of Philosophy in the Geological Sciencesanticipated Fall 2017
Dissertation: Regional structural geology of Earth and Mars
1Structure and environmental significance of the NE Syrtis Major layered sulfates, Mars
2A new orientation statistical method for structural analysis of remotely-sensed stratigraphies
- Using structural techniques to understand a key stratigraphy for the drying of early Mars
- Photogrammetry and regional mapping using remotely sensed imagery
- Creation of statistical method and software tools for error analysis of remotely-sensed orientation data
- Participation in Mars 2020 landing site selection process.
3The paleoenvironmental significance of the the Neoproterozoic Zebra Nappecoadvised by John Grotzinger
- Searching for environmental markers preceding the Precambrian–Cambrian boundary
- Lead researcher for two field seasons in southern Namibia (2015–16)
- Structural mapping and stratigraphic logging in rugged terrain
- Sample analysis using GCMS and TIMS
- Geologic map preparation using digital techniques.
4The tectonic history of the mantle lithosphere beneath coastal Californiawith Jason Saleeby
- Using peridotite xenoliths to assess the structure of the deep coastal California lithosphere
- Whole-rock and mineral-separate geochemistry
- Sample microanalysis using SIMS, electron probe, and SEM
- Finite-element and thermodynamic modeling using open-source software (FiPy, alphaMELTS).
Geobiology Field Course2016
- Two field campaigns directed at understanding microbial mats in a tidal flat setting
- Investigation of pathways of modern carbonate formation
- Collaboration with a multidisciplinary research team
- Management of precision geodetic data-collection using UAV, DGPS, and theodolite.
Master of Science in Geology2014
Bachelor of Science in the Geological Sciences with Highest Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Economics2011
Honors thesis (advised by AF Glazner) – Illumination and sites for potential exploration at the South pole of the Moon.
- Summa cum laude
- 3.88 GPA
Graduate research fellow2012—present
NAGT/USGS Cooperative Field Training intern · Contract software developer2011–2012
- Field research technician in water resources division
- Assisted with field geophysical studies of groundwater hydrology in the northeast U.S. using radar, seismic, and magnetic-resonance techniques
- Developed a GIS software tool to support the analysis of watershed fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing data.
Lunar science intern2010
Investigation of permanantly shadowed regions on the south pole of the Moon with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mini-RF mission team.
NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics intern2009
- Experimental petrology
- Synthesis of basaltic glasses in a gas-mixing furnace
- Spectral analysis for remote-sensing analog studies
- Implementation of Hapke spectral reflectance modeling in Microsoft Excel
Isotope geochemistry technician2008 – 2011
- TIMS (thermal ionization mass spectrometer) lab technician
- Sample preparation: mineral separation and column chemistry
- Analysis of igneous rocks using TIMS, XRF, and ICP-MS.
GIS and spatial analysis
- Proficient with commercial (ENVI, ArcGIS) and open-source (QGIS, GDAL, PostGIS and Mapnik) GIS software
- Development of open-source tooling for geologic data management
- Planetary and terrestrial remote sensing, photogrammetry, and hyperspectral imaging
- Geospatial software development and data analysis in Python and PostgreSQL
- Data visualization with d3js, React, Node.js, and Electron
- iOS geospatial software development
- Familiar user of Unix toolset, git version control, and modern development best practices
- NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
- Anadarko Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (UNC Geology)
- 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
California Institute of Technology2013-2017
Teaching assistant, GPS division
- Ge120a – Introduction to field geologic mapping
- Ge114b – Mineralogy and petrography
- Ge121c – Advanced field geologic mapping and stratigraphy
- Basic and intermediate bicycle repair
(in prep) Quinn, DP, JP Grotzinger, TM Present, Stratigraphy and structure of the Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, anticipated submission late 2017.
(in prep) Quinn, DP, BL Ehlmann, Statistical analysis and workflow for remotely sensed bedding attitudes, anticipated submission late 2017.
(in prep) Quinn, DP, BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, for JGR Planets, anticipated submission late 2017.
(in review) Quinn, DP, JS Saleeby, MN Ducea, P Luffi, Late-Cretaceous construction of the mantle lithosphere beneath the central California coast revealed by Crystal Knob xenoliths , for Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, submitted Sep. 2017.
Fraeman, AA, BL Ehlmann, RE Arvidson, CS Edwards, JP Grotzinger, RE Milliken, DP Quinn, MS Rice. The stratigraphy and evolution of lower Mt. Sharp from spectral, morphological, and thermophysical orbital datasets, JGR-Planets, doi: 10.1002/2016je005095, 2016
- conference talk ◎
- conference poster ☐
- invited lecture ▵
- supporting author ・
Caltech Geoclub (June 1, 2017): Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia.
Hawaii Institiute of Geophysics and Planetology seminar (April 2017): Developing new statistical tools to understand the sulfate stratigraphy at northeast Syrtis Major, Mars.
DP Quinn, BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2017 (Houston, TX).
DP Quinn, BL Ehlmann, A method for error analysis and orientation statistics of best-fitting planes from remote-sensing data, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2017 (Houston, TX).
DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, Geologic Society of America, October 2016 (Denver, CO).
DP Quinn, JP Grotzinger, and TM Present, Preliminary structural map of the Zebra Nappe, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia, Geologic Society of America, October 2016 (Denver, CO).
Geologic Society of Namibia (September 2016): Stratigraphy and Structure of the Zebra Nappe of the Naukluft Nappe Complex.
JPL Mars Forum (May 2016): The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates.
DP Quinn and JB Saleeby, Spinel peridotite xenoliths from Crystal Knob and the structure of the mantle lithosphere beneath coastal California, GSA Cordilleran Section, April 2016 (Ontario, CA).
DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, CRISM Team Meeting, November 2015 (Baltimore, MD).
DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, Geologic Society of America, November 2015 (Baltimore, MD).
DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, The deposition and alteration history of the northeast Syrtis layered sulfates, HiRISE Team Meeting, September 2015 (Myvátn, Iceland).
JF Mustard, BL Ehlmann, and twelve others including DP Quinn, Multiple Habitable Environments across the Noachian-Hesperian Environmental Transition: Phyllosilicates, Carbonate, Sulfates, and Multiple Igneous Units in Stratigraphy at the Isidis-Syrtis Major Contact, 2nd Mars 2020 Landing Site Workshop, August 5th 2015 (Arcadia, CA).
DP Quinn and BL Ehlmann, Structural constraints on the origin of the sulfate-bearing unit at northeast Syrtis Major, 8th Mars Conference, July 2014 (Pasadena, CA).
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, May 2014 (Houston, TX).
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, December 2013 (San Francisco, CA).
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, March 2011 (Houston, TX).
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, December 2010 (San Francisco, CA).
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, March 2011 (Houston, TX).
- American Geoscience Institute special awards judge – 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Los Angeles, CA.
- Member, Geologic Society of Namibia
- President, Caltech Bike Lab
- Member, Geological Society of America
- Volunteer mechanic, Caltech Bike Lab
- Member, American Geophysical Union
- UNC Scholars' Latino Initiative
- 2nd violin, UNC Symphony Orchestra
- UNC Cycling Team
- Volunteer mechanic, Cycle Manoa (University of Hawaii)
- UNC Sailing Team