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Dr. David W. Eaton

Brief Biography
I am a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. I joined the department in 2007, after spending nearly 11 years at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to 1997, I worked one year in Plano Texas with Arco Research and Technical Services and three years with the Continental Geoscience Division of the Geological Survey of Canada. Together with my students, my research focuses on seismicity and structure of the lithosphere and core, applications of seismic techniques to deep mineral exploration, and seismic wave theory. These projects seek to understand the architecture and geological evolution of the North American continent, as well as potential earthquake hazards in continental interior regions. My work also contributes toward the development of new and better techniques to image features buried deep within the Earth.

I am past-president of the Canadian Geophysical Union (a national scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of geophysical sciences), associate editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin and founding member of POLARIS (Portable Observatoris for Lithospheric Analysis and Research Investigating Seismicity), a $10 M infrastructure project funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust Fund. In 2006 I was appointed Honorary Professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, after having spent 6 months there on sabbatical in 2004/05.


  • Queen’s University, 1984, B.Sc., Geology and Physics
  • University of Calgary 1988, M.Sc., Geophysics
  • University of Calgary, 1991, Ph.D., Geophysics


  • Chair, Eastern Section, Seismological Society of America
  • Associate Editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin
  • Member, Canadian Geophysical Union, American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America
  • Past President, Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Past Member, NSERC Grant Selection Committee (Solid Earth Sciences), Pan-Lithoprobe Synthesis Committee


  • Faculty Scholar, University of Western Ontario (2007)
  • Honorary Professor, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario