Robert Stern

Robert Stern


  • tsunami
  • earthquakes
  • Arabian-Nubian Shield
  • geosciences
  • continental crust
  • tectonics
  • geochemistry
  • Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc system
  • geology of the Middle East
  • geology of the Gulf of Mexico
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Katherine Morales

Expert at a Glance

Robert Stern, Ph.D. School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Professor of Geosciences

Dr. Stern conducts tectonic, chemical and isotopic studies to chart the evolution of continental crust, both modern and ancient, and study how these inform our understanding of plate tectonics.

With the help of his graduate students and colleagues at UT Dallas and around the world, he is trying to determine the age, composition, and origin of continental crust in the region surrounding the Red Sea known as the Arabian-Nubian Shield. 

His research currently focuses on Egypt and Arabia, but past projects have included locations in Ethiopia, Sudan, Israel and Jordan. His studies of modern continental crust formation focus on the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc system in the Western Pacific.

Stern’s recent efforts to understand how the Gulf of Mexico formed use these understandings to assist hydrodcarbon exploration, a linchpin of the Texas economy. He received his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of California at San Diego.


Updated: March 11, 2011