Dale S. Sawyer


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Marine Geophysics, 1982.
Purdue University, BS Geophysics, 1976.

Awards & Honors

General Chairman's Award: Best Poster Paper - 1983 American Association of Petroleum Geologists National Meeting, Dallas.

Jules Braunstein Award: Best Poster Paper - 1984 American Association of Petroleum Geologists National Meeting, San Antonio.

JOI/USSAC Distinguished Lecturer - Ocean Drilling Program 1994-1995.

Outstanding Alumnus, Purdue University, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2007.


marine geophysics, tectonophysics

Selected Publications

G. Bayrakci, T. A. Minshull, D. S. Sawyer, D. Klaeschen, C. Papenberg, T. J. Reston, C. Ranero, J. M. Bull, R. G. Davy, D. J. Shillington, and J. K. Morgan, soon to submit, Fault-controlled hydration of the upper mantle.
Dean, Sarah, Sawyer, Dale S. and Morgan, Julia, Galicia Bank ocean–continent transition zone: New seismic reflection constraints, 2015, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 413, 197-207, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.12.045
Sean Gulick, Nathan Bangs, Gregory Moore, Juichiro Ashi, Kylara Martin, Dale Sawyer, Harold Tobin, Shin’ichi Kuramoto, and Asahiko Taira, Rapid forearc basin uplift and megasplay fault development from 3D seismic images of Nankai Margin off Kii Peninsula, Japan, 2010, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 300, p. 55-62.
Bird, D., Hall, S., Burke, K., Casey, J, and Sawyer, D., 2007, Early Central Atlantic Ocean seafloor spreading history. Geosphere, v. 3, pp. 282-298, DOI: 10.1130/GES00047.1.
Peron-Penvidic, G., Manatschal, G., Minshull, T.A., and Sawyer, D.S., 2007, Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the deep Iberia-Newfoundland margins: Evidence for a complex break-up history, Tectonics, v. 26, TC2011, doi:10.1029/2006TC001970.
Clark, S.A., D.S. Sawyer, J.A. Austin, G.L. Christeson, and Y. Nakamura, 2007, Characterizing the Galicia Bank-Southern Iberia Abyssal Plain rifted margin segment boundary using multichannel seismic and ocean bottom seismometer data, J. Geophys. Res., v. 112, B03408, doi:10.1029/2006JB004581.
Shillington, D.J., Tucholke, B.E., Karner, G.D., Sawyer, D.S., Holbrook, W.S., and Delius, H., 2007, Linking core and seismic data without logs: Core-seismic correlation at Site 1276, , In Tucholke, B.E., Sibuet, J.-C., and Klaus, A. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 210: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 1-33. doi:10.2973/odp.proc.sr.210.110.2007.
Reston, T.J., Leythaeuser, T., Booth-Rea, G., Sawyer, D.S., Klaeschen, D., and Long, C., 2007, Movement along a low-angle normal fault. The S reflector west of Spain, 2007, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, Q06002, doi:10.1029/2006GC001437.
Sawyer, D.S., and Fackler, D., 2007, Automatic method for associating lithologic type with laboratory measurements taken aboard the JOIDES Resolution, In Tucholke, B.E., Sibuet, J.-C., and Klaus, A. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 210: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 1-21. doi:10.2973/odp.proc.sr.210.109.2007.
Tucholke, B.E., Sawyer, D.S., and Sibuet, J.C., 2007, Breakup of the Newfoundland – Iberia rift, In G. Karnir, G. Manatschal, and L. Pinheiro (Eds.), Imaging, Mapping, and Modelling Continental Lithosphere Extension and Breakup, Geol. Soc., Spec. Publ., 282:9–46.
Sawyer, D.S., Discovering Plate Boundaries, 2005, Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Reviewed Collection.
Sawyer D.S., Henning, A.T., Shipp, S., and Dunbar, R., 2005, A Data Rich Exercise for Discovering Plate Boundary Processes, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 53, p. 65-74.