David Sparks

David Sparks


Associate Department Head

Numerical Modeling, Geodynamics, Grannular Materials, Differentiation


  (979) 458-1051

  Halbouty 353


Mathematical and numerical modeling of dynamic geophysical and geochemical systems; past and current problems include:

- Dynamics of granular systems, particularly in fault zones and landslides

- Pressure solution

- Thermal evolution and differentiation of icy solar system bodies

- Fluid flow through permeable solids

- Magma generation and mantle convection

Selected Publications

Knicely, J., M. E. Everett, D. W. Sparks (2017), Magnetic anomalies on Io and their relationshiop to the spatial distribution of volcanic centers, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 269, 133-147.

He, W., D. Sparks and A. Hajash, (2013), Reactive transport at stressed grain contacts and creep compaction of quartz sand, J. Geophys. Res, 118.

Makedonska, N., D. W. Sparks, and E. Aharonov (2011) Friction vs. dilation revisited: insights from theoretical and numerical models, J. Geophys. Res., 116.

Magde, L., D. W. Sparks, and R. S. Detrick, (1997) The relationship between three-dimensional buoyant mantle flow, melt migration, and gravity bull's-eyes at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between 33°N and 35°N, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett.,148, 59-67.

Sparks, D. W., and E. M Parmentier, (1991) Melt extraction from the mantle beneath spreading centers, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., 105,  368-377.


PhD, Brown University, 1992


GEOP 478/678 Earth Science Modeling

GEOL 210 Geological Communication

GEOP 489 Planetquest

GEOL 310 Planetary Geology

GEOP 470 Computational Geophysics

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