Dr Derrick Hasterok

Dr Derrick Hasterok
  Org Unit Earth Sciences
  Email derrick.hasterok@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4540
  Location Floor/Room G 38 ,  Mawson Laboratories ,   North Terrace

Derrick received a Master's at the University of Utah (2006) focusing on thermal isostasy of North America (contributions of heat to elevation) and continued on to a Ph.D. (2010) extending this work with a focus on distributions of radiogenic heat producing elements.  This work showed the importance of temperature controls on continental elevation roughly equal to that of compositional variations.  The Ph.D. also involved an in depth look at global patterns of heat loss and hydrothermal circulation through the oceanic lithosphere.   He then began a postdoc as a Green's Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and built an apparatus to measure electrical conductivity at elevated temperatures while continuing to look at heat flow variations at the ocean-continent transistion.

His on-going research includes connection to the previous heat flow studies and also new directions involving the interpretation of electrical conductivity variations within the mantle in terms of composition, melts, and volitiles such as water and carbon dioxide.

Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Utah

MSc, Geophysics, University of Utah

B.S., Geophysics, Caltech

2012 Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
2010–2012 Cecil and Ida Green Scholar, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, at Scripps
Institution of Oceanography
2006 Allan V. Cox Student Research Award, Geological Society of America

I teach courses related to the theory and application of geophysics to solving geological and geochemical problems.  Geophysics is most closely associated with hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes) and resource exploration (energy and minerals) but also has applications to wide ranging problems such as Earth's structure, composition, tectonic evolution, and climate.

Courses taught:

Earth's Interior I

Geophysics III

Tectonics III

Exploration Method III

My primary research interests focus on problems involving heat loss through the Earth and evolution of the upper mantle.  I approach questions involving these themes using a variety of geophysical and geochemical constraints.  The majority of my research involves the use of surface heat flow estimates or deep magnetotelluric soundings.

Heat loss through Oceanic Lithosphere

Thermal Isostasy on Continents

Mantle Melting and Fluid Pathways

Articles and Chapters:


Hasterok, D., Thermal evolution of instantaneous rifts with internal heat generation, in prep.

Hasterok, D., and J. Webb, On the radiogenic heat production of rocks I: igneous rocks, Lithos, in review.

Liu, L., and D. Hasterok, 2016, High-resolution lithosphere viscosity and dynamics revealed by magnetotelluric imaging, Science, 353, 1515-1519, doi: 10.1126/science.aaf6542.

Hasterok, D., and M. Gard, 2016, Utilizing thermal isostasy to estimate sub-lithospheric heat flow and anomalous crustal radioactivity, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 450, 197-207, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.06.037. 

Sclater, J.G., Hasterok, D., Goutorbe, B., Hillier, J., and Negrete, R., 2014, Marine heat flow, Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences, submitted.

Hasterok, D., 2013, Global patterns and vigor of ventilated hydrothermal circulation through young seafloor, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 380, 12-20, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.016.

Hasterok, D., 2013, A heat flow based cooling model for tectonic plates, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 361, 34-43, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.10.036.

Hasterok, D., D.S. Chapman, and E.E. Davis, 2011, Oceanic heat flow: Implications for global heat loss. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 311, 386-395, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.044.

Hasterok, D., and D.S. Chapman, 2011, Heat production and geotherms for the continental lithosphere. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 307, 59-70, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.04.034.
Supplementary material

Chapman, D.S., and D. Hasterok, 2011, Isostasy, Thermal. In H. Gupta, editor, Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics. Springer, 662-668.

Hasterok, D., 2010, Thermal Regime of the Continental and Oceanic Lithosphere, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Utah, 156 pp.

Wannamaker, P.E., D.P. Hasterok, J.M. Johnston, J.A. Stodt, D.B. Hall, T.L. Sodergren, L. Pellerin, V. Maris, W.M. Doerner, and M.J. Unsworth, 2008, Lithospheric dismemberment and magmatic process of the Great Basin-Colorado Plateau Transition, Utah, implied from magnetotellurics, Geochem. Geophys. Geosys. 9, Q05019, doi:10.1029/2007GC001886.

Hasterok, D. and D.S. Chapman, 2007, Continental Thermal Isostasy I: Methods and Sensitivity J. Geophys. Res. 112, doi:10.1029/2006JB004663.

Hasterok, D. and D.S. Chapman, 2007, Continental Thermal Isostasy II: Applications to North America, J. Geophys. Res. 112, doi:10.1029/2006JB004664.

Hasterok, D., 2005, Thermal Isostasy on Continents: Applications to North America, Masters Thesis, University of Utah, 129pp.


Hasterok, D., Thermal Evolution of Instantaneous Rifts with Internal Heat Generation, submitted to Geoophys. J. Int.

Hasterok, D., Reply to comment on "A heat flow based cooling model for tectonic plates" by A.M. Hofmeister and R.E. Criss


American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Geochemical Society of America (GCA)

Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicsts (ASEG)

Geological Society of Australia (GSA)

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