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William M. DunneWilliam M. Dunne

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
631 Strong Hall
1621 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410

Phone: (865) 974-4161

Dr. William M. Dunne received his B.S. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Bristol, England.  He joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an assistant professor of geology in 1980, and was promoted to associate professor in 1986. In 1988 he joined UT's College of Arts and Sciences as an associate professor of geology, was promoted to full professor in 1995 and in 1997 was named head of the Department of Geological Sciences. Dunne was appointed as associate dean for research, facilities and graduate student policy in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2002.  In 2009, he was appointed as associate dean for research and technology in the College of Engineering.

His research concerns the development of mountain belts and the characterization of fracture networks in rocks.  The latter interest has practical importance with regard to hydrocarbon exploration, and groundwater remediation efforts, leading to collaborations with civil engineers.  Dunne serves as an editor of the Journal of Structural Geology since 2006.  He has also served as the chair of the Structural and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America, and is a Fellow of the Society.  He joined the Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Research Council as president-elect in 2015.  His teaching has received institutional recognition with the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences Teaching Award in 1991 and 1995, UT Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and the College of Arts & Sciences Senior Faculty Teaching Award in 1995.

B.S., Geology, University of Bristol, England - 1977

Ph.D., Geology, University of Bristol, England - 1980

Positions Held

  • University of Bristol Postgraduate Scholarship, 1977 -1980
  • Assistant Professor of Geology, West Virginia University, 1980 -1986
  • Associate Professor of Geology, West Virginia University, 1986 -1988
  • Associate Professor of Geology, University of Tennessee, 1988 -1995
  • Professor of Geological Sciences (EPS), University of Tennessee, 1995 - Present
  • Head of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1997 - 2002
  • Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Tennessee, 2002 – 2009
  • Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2009 - Present

Bill Dunne and his students examine mesoscopic and microscopic structures in sedimentary and low-grade metamorphic rocks to determine regional tectonic histories and deformation behaviors. Specific problems that they are interested include: (1) development of blind foreland thrust belts; (2) formation of fault-related folds; (3) the overall contribution of outcrop-scale deformation to regional shortening; (4) low-temperature deformation of quartz arenites including diagenesis; (5) variation in shortening responses in a stratigraphic sequence as a function of lithology; (6) development of regional orthogonal joint patterns; and (7) improved characterization of joint patterns.

The tools that Bill and his students use to tackle these problems include: (1) strain analysis, (4) small-scale geological mapping of features such as fault-related folds, joints on bedding pavements or cleavage distributions, (3) cross-section construction at both regional and outcrop scale including section balancing; and (4) one-dimensional and two-dimensional sampling of joint patterns.

At present, Bill is not recruiting graduate students due to administrative responsibilities within the University.  However, he continues to serve on the committees of graduate students working with other faculty members in the department and to serve as an editor of the Journal of Structural Geology.

  • Beddingfield, C. B., D. M. Burr, and W. M. Dunne, 2015, Shallow normal fault slopes on Saturnian icy satellites. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, v. 120, p. 2053-2083.
  • Roy, A., Perfect, E., Dunne, W.M., and Odling, N., 2010, Lacunarity Analysis of Fracture Networks:  Evidence for Scale-Dependent Clustering. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, p. 1444-1449.
  • Cook, J.E., Dunne, W.M., and Onasch, C.M., 2006. Development of a dilatant damage zone along a thrust relay in a low-porosity quartz arenite. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, p. 776-792.
  • Dunne, W.M., Ferrill, D.A., Crider, J.G., Hill, B., La Femina, P., Waiting, D., Fedors, R., Morris, A.P., 2003, Orthogonal jointing during coeval igneous degassing and normal faulting, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, p. 1492-1509. 
  • Rohrbaugh, M.B., Jr., Dunne, W.M., and Mauldon, M., 2002, Estimating joint trace intensity, density and mean length using circular scanlines and circular windows. American Assocation of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 86, p. 3089-2104.
  • Hogan, J.P., and Dunne, W.M., 2001, Calculation of shortening due to outcrop-scale deformation and its relation to regional deformation patterns. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 23, 1507-1530.
  • Smart, K. J., Dunne, W. M., and Krieg, R. D., 1997, Roof sequence response to emplacement of the Wills Mountain duplex: The roles of forethrusting and scales of deformation: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 19, 1443-1459.
  • Thorbjornsen, K.L., and Dunne, W.M., 1997, The origin of thrust-related folds: Geometric vs. kinematic tests: in Anastasio, D.J., Erslev, E. A., and Fisher, D. M., (eds.), Fault-related Folding, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 19, p. 303-320.
  • Dunne, W.M., 1996, The role of macroscale thrusts in the deformation of the Alleghanian roof sequence in the central Appalachians: A re-evaluation. American Journal of Science, v. 296, p. 549-575.
  • Couzens, B.A., Dunne, W.M., Onasch, C.M., and Glass, R., 1993, Strain transition at the juncture of two diachronous thrust systems: Southern vs. central Appalachian foreland: in Hudleston, P.J., Casey, M., Dietrich, D., Ford, M., and Watkinson, A.J., (eds.), The Geometry of Naturally Deformed Rocks, Journal of Structural Geology v. 15, 451-463.
  • Evans, M.A., and Dunne, W.M., 1991, Strain factorization and partitioning in the North Mountain thrust sheet, central Appalachians, U.S.A.: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 13, 21-35.
  • Dunne, W.M., and North, C.P., 1990, Orthogonal fracture systems at the limits of thrusting: An example from southwestern Wales: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 12, p. 207-215.
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 2009
  • UT College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Service Award, 2009
  • UT College of Arts & Sciences Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 1995
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994
  • Department of Geological Sciences SGE Teaching Award, 1991, 1995
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Structural Geology, 1999 – 2006
  • Editor of the Journal of Structural Geology, 2006 – Present

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