Defant, Marc J. 1951-

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DEFANT, Marc J. 1951-

PERSONAL: Born August 28, 1951, in Niles, MI; son of John P. (a director of a university press) and Martha J. (Harper) Defant; married Susan Robertson, June 21, 1986; children: Jack, Colin, Juliette. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Alabama, B.S. (geology), 1973, B.S. (chemistry), 1977, M.S., 1980; Florida State University, Ph.D., 1985. Religion: "Atheist."

ADDRESSES: Home—18309 Cypress Stand Circle, Tampa, FL 33647. Office—Deans Office, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620; fax 813-907-8107. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Schlumberger Well Services, New Iberia, LA, logging engineer, 1977-78; Shell Oil Co., Houston, TX, production engineer, 1978-79, geological engineer, 1979-80; Florida State University, Tallahassee, instructor, 1983-84; University of South Florida, Tampa, visiting assistant professor, 1984-85, assistant professor, 1985-89, professor of geology, 1994, member of research board of directors and chairperson of university research council, both 1993-94. Geoprospects International (consulting firm), owner; Aurcana Corp., past director.

MEMBER: American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Geological Survey of Alabama, 1975, Electrical Company of Panama, 1986-88, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, 1987, National Science Foundation, beginning 1988, National Geographic Society, 1989, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, 1991, and National Academy of Sciences, 1993.


A Voyage of Discovery from the Big Bang to the Ice Age, Mancorp Publishing (Tampa, FL), 1998.

Contributor to scientific journals and popular magazines, including Nature, Earth Planetary Science Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Geology, Journal of Petrology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Geochemica, Cosmochemica, ACTA, World and I, Popular Science, and Precambrian Geology.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A book; research on diamonds in subduction zones; research on the metamorphic evolution of the Ganal Terrane, Central Kamchatka, Russia, particularly on partial melting and fluid-rock interaction in a paleo-subduction zone.