Professor of Geology

Contact Information

Office:   Traphagen Hall #212
Phone:   (406) 994-6916


B.S., Geology, University of Michigan, 1975
M.S., Geology, University of Washington, 1978
Ph.D., Geology, University of Washington, 1984

Research Interests

My main research interests include:

Evolution of Precambrian crust in southwestern Montana, including petrogenesis of continental crust, geochemical evolution of the crust, mid-crustal petrologic processes and tectonic evolution of the Wyoming Province from the Archean through the Proterozoic;

Characterization of the morphology, composition, structure, and surface chemistry of minerals, using a combination of SEM/EDSBSE/CL, powder XRD, Time-of-Flight SIMS, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy;

Characterization of life in extreme environments, including Yellowstone hot springs and Lake Vostok (Antarctica) ice core;

Geoscience education, including development of digital libraries for Earth science education, teacher preparation and enhancement, and research on learning.

Current Graduate Students

Zach Adams
Jesse Chadwick
Nicholas Fox


Water Wars

Selected Publications

Manduca, C. A., McMartin, F., and Mogk, 2001, D.W., Pathways to Progress: A Vision and Plan for Developing the National METE Digital Library (

Manduca, C. A., and Mogk, D. W., 2000, Digital Library for Earth System Education, A Community Plan. Univ. Olahoma, Norman OK.

Ireton, M. F. W., Manduca, C. A., and Mogk (eds), 1997, Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education, Innovation and Change Using an Earth System Approach, American Geophysical Union, Washington DC.

Mogk, D. W., and Zia, Lee, 1997, Addressing opportunities and challenges in evaluation and dissemination through creation of a national library for undergraduate science education, Geosciences Information Society Proceedings, v. 27, p. 17-22.

Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997, Teaching Mineralogy, a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, 406 pp. Including three chapters authored by Mogk.

Mogk, D. W., and Mathew, E. A., 2000, Carbonaceous films in midcrustal rocks from the KTB borehole, Germany, as characterized by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), American Geophysical Union, November 13, 2000 (e-publication).

Mathew, E. A., and Mogk, D. W., 1998,Characterization of carbon compounds on a pyroxene surface from a gabbro xenolith in basalt by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. American Mineralogist, v. 83, 918-925.

De Stasio, G., Casalbore, P., Pallini, R., Gilbert, B., Sanita, F, Ciotti, M., Rosi, G., Festinesi, A., Larocca, L., Rinelli, A., Perret, D., Mogk, D., Perfetti, P., Minesh, P., Mercanti, D., 2001, Gadolinium in human glioblastoma cells for gadolinium neutron capture therapy. Cancer Research, 6, 4272-4277.

John C. Priscu, Edward E. Adams, W. Berry Lyons, David W. Mogk, Mary A. Voytek, Robert L. Brown, Christopher P. McKay, Cristina D. Takacs, Kathy A. Welch, Craig F. Wolf, and Recep Avci, 1999, Geochemistry and Microbiology of Deep Subglacial Ice: Evidence for Life in Lake Vostok, Antarctica, Science, Dec. 10, 1999.

Mueller, P. A., Wooden, J. L., Nutman, A. P., Mogk, D. W., 1998, Early Archean crust in the northern Wyoming province Evidence from U-Pb ages of detrital zircons. Precambrian Research, v. 91, 295-307.

Mueller, P. A., Wooden, J. L., Mogk, D. W., Nutman, A. P., Williams, I. S., 1996, Extended history of a 3.5 Ga trondhjemitic gneiss, Wyoming Province, USA: evidence from U-Pb systematics in zircon, Precambrian Research, v. 78, 41-52.

Mogk, D. W., Mueller, P. A., and Wooden, J. L., 1992, The significance of Archean terrane boundaries: evidence from the northern Wyoming Province. Precambrian Geology, v. 55, p. 155-168 (Special issue on the Limpopo Belt).

Mogk, D. W., 1992, Ductile Shearing and Migmatization in an Archean High- Grade Terrane, northern Gallatin Range, Montana. Jour. Metam. Geology, 10, 427-438.