Dan grew up in Ebensburg, a small town in west-central Pennsylvania located along the Allegheny Mountains. He received dual B.S. degrees in Geology and Computer Science at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). At IUP, Dan became interested in neotectonic and computer modelling research, which involved a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship at the Virginia Insititute of Marine Science (VIMS), and an international internship at Academia Sinica (Taiwan). As a first-generation student, Dan was also a McNair Scholar at IUP, and has continued to mentor for the program.
Upon attending the University of Oregon for his PhD, Dan shifted his research focus into the field of volcanic geomorphology, studying the impact volcanic processes can have on long-term landscape evolution and analyzing the signature of intrusive magmatism on surface topography. Dan is excited about all things surface- and modelling-related, and has produced fruitful research results that led to an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), multiple publications, and an internship with the USGS. Dan is also pationate about undergraduate teaching, and has participated in multiple workshops geared towards effective teaching strategies.
- Spring 2019: Earth Science Department, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
- Winter 2019: Earth Science Department, Exploring Earth’s Environment
- Fall 2018: Geography Department, Geomorphology
- Spring 2017: Earth Science Department, Structural Geology
- Winter 2017: Earth Science Department, Environmental Geology and Landform Development
- Fall 2016: Earth Science Department, Introduction to Hydrogeology
Honors and Awards
- UO Department of Earth Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
- Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Best Student Paper Award Honorable Mention
- UO Department of Earth Science Research Excellence Award
- UO Graduate Research Forum First Place Poster Award
- UO Baldwin Scholarship, Travel Award
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
- IUP Outstanding Research Award in Geoscience
- IUP Scholarships – Creating Opportunities in Applied Mathematics (S-COAM) Scholar
- IUP Dean’s Scholarship for Early Career in Geoscience
- McNair Scholar
- O’Hara, D., Karlstrom, L., and Ramsey, D. W. (submitted). Time-evolving surface and subsurface signatures of Quaternary volcanism in the Cascades. Geology.
- Lerner, A., O’Hara, D., Karlstrom, L., Ebmeier, S.K., Hurwitz, S., Anderson, K.R. (in progress). Links between magma flux, reservoir position, and topography at arc. Nature Geoscience.
- O’Hara, D., Karlstrom, L., and Roering, J. J. (2019). Distributed landscape response and the fragility of steady states. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 506, 243-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.11.006
- Karlstrom, L., Richardson, P. W., O'Hara, D., and Ebmeier, S. K. (2018). Magmatic landscape construction. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 123 (8), 1710-1730. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JF004369
- Hooft, E. E., Nomikou, P., Toomey, D. R., Lampridou, D., Getz, C., Christopoulou, M. E., O’Hara, D., Arnoux, G. M., Bodmer, M., Gray, M., Heath, B. A., and VanderBeek, B. (2017). Backarc tectonism, volcanism, and mass wasting shape seafloor morphology in the Santorini-Christiana-Amorgos region of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc. Tectonophysics, 712, 396-414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2017.06.005
- Lewis, J. C., O'Hara, D. J., and Rau, R.-J. (2015). Seismogenic strain across the transition from fore‐arc slivering to collision in southern Taiwan. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120(6), 4539-4555. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JB011906