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David Hacker

Associate Professor

My primary interests are in the overall field of structural geology, with emphasis on field mapping in the western United States.  Presently I am working on analyzing structures and volcanism related to the growth of Miocene laccoliths in southwest Utah.  I use a variety of field methods, including detailed geologic mapping, to describe local and regional structures and to decipher the evolution of deformational events.  A number of mapping projects are conducted in collaboration with government agencies such as the US Geological Survey and the Utah Geological Survey.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Biek, R.F., Rowley, P.D., Anderson, J.J., Maldonado, F., Moore, D.W., Hacker, D.B., Eaton, J.G., Hereford, R., Filkorn, H.F., and Matyjasik, B., (in press), Geologic map of the Panguitch 30' x 60' quadrangle, Garfield, Iron, and Kane Counties, Utah: Utah Geological Survey Map, 4 plates, scale 1:62,500.

Biek, R.F., Hacker, D.B., and Rowley, P.D., (in press), New constraints on the extent, age, and emplacement history of the early Miocene Markagunt Megabreccia, southwest Utah: one of the world’s largest subaerial gravity slides, in MacLean, J.S., Biek, R.F., and Huntoon, J.E., editors, Geology of Utah’s far south: Utah Geological Association Publication 43.

Petronis, M.S., Holm, D.K., Arnold, B.J., Hacker, D.B., and Geissman J.W., 2014, Paleomagnetic results from the eastern Caliente - Enterprise Zone, southwestern Utah: Implications for initiation of a major Miocene transfer zone: Geosphere, v.10, p.1-30.

Biek, R.F., Rowley, Hacker, D.B., P.D., Hayden, J.M., Willis, G.C., Hintze, L.F., Anderson, R.E., and Brown, K.D., 2010, Geologic Map of the St. George and East Part of the Clover Mountains 30 x 60 Quadrangles, Washington and Iron Counties, Utah, Washington and Iron Counties, Utah. Utah Geological Survey, 108 p., 2 pl., scale 1:100,000, DVD contains GIS and ESRI files, M-242DM. (ISBN: 9781557918437)

Best, D.M. and Hacker, D.B., 2010, “Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes,” Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque Iowa, 500p. (College Textbook, ISBN: 9780757576195).

Research Areas
  • Structural Geology
  • Field Geology
  • Volcanic Stratigraphy

Geological Society of America

Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America

David Hacker
Department of Geology


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Trumbull Campus Office: Main Building L90, Phone: (330) 672-8831

Kent Campus office hours for Fall 2014 in 210C McGilvrey Hall:
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm
or by appointment

Phone: 330-847-0571