Derrick Hasterok

Dr Derrick Hasterok


School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research focuses on the study of heat and fluids deep within the Earth's crust and upper mantle.  Much of the work is large scale, looking at continental to global scale patterns of heat flow and crustal radioactivity, or regional utilizing electromagnetic soundings and laboratory measurements to understand crustal hydration.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 Lecturer (geophysics) University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Utah United States PhD
    University of Utah United States MSc
    Caltech United States BS

I currently hold two ARC Discovery grants.

Deep (electrical) fluid pathways which extend to the near surface of the Earth are associated with some world-class mineral deposits.  In this project, we investigate the effect of hydration on the electrical conductivity of the lower crust and the interpretation of deep electromagnetic soundings of the crust including the potential for identification of deep fluid pathways.

Students involved: Sam Jennings

Understanding the future stability of of Antarctica's ice sheets are extremely important to mitigating the potential for sea-level rise associated with global warming.  One of the key parameters in these models is the basal thermal conditions of the ice sheet.  Our ARC discovery project aims to produce accurate estimates of crustal heat production, temperatures and geothermal heat loss that can be used to improve glacial models of ice flow and growth/retreat. 

Students involved: Matt Gard and Simon Wilcox

Geophysics III - an introduction to geophysical fields and their application to the Earth.  This course is a theory based course that explores the physical properties of the Earth and their effect on gravity, magnetic, temperature, electrical and seismic fields.  We relate the physical theory and mathematics to develop simplified models of the Earth that provide insight into its gross composition, structure and evolution.

Tectonics III - examines the prevailing theories for how the solid Earth evolves, with a focus on plate tectonics.  In this course, we discuss how to identify tectonic processes and their physical controls, boundary forces, and surface expression and temporal evolution.  We also cover non-tectonic processes that help us understand tectonics and widen the theory to a whole Earth theory for mantle convection.  We wrap-up by exploring the evidence or lack thereof for tectonics within the solar system.

Other courses I have taught in the past include:

  • Earth's interior I
  • Geology for engineers
  • Exploration methods III
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Indirect estimates of thermal properties and heat flow on terrestrial planets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Simon Robert Willcocks
    2018 Principal Supervisor Resistivity of the Lower Crust Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel Scott Jennings
    2016 Principal Supervisor A Multidisciplinary approach to estimating surface heat flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Matthew Geoffrey Gard
    2016 Co-Supervisor Hydrologic-Isotopic Modelling for Palaeoclimate Application Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Martin James Ankor
    2014 Co-Supervisor Geological Interpretation of 3D Crustal Magnetotelluric Data Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Janelle Maree Simpson
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Electrokinetic Methods and Applications in Australian Aquifer Settings: High-Dimension Electrical Tomography Imaging and Neural Network Filtration Techniques Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Joseph Rugari
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Advances in Magnetotelluric Modelling: Time-Lapse Inversion, Bayesian Inversion and Machine Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dennis John Conway
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The resistivity and permeability of fractured rocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Alison Louise Kirkby
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134540
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4347
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson Laboratories, floor G
  • Room: G 38
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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