Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. David Blake

Associate Professor of Geology

Blake Deloach 221
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-3387; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Structural Geology, Metamorphic Petrology

M.S. North Carolina State University, 1986
Ph.D. Washington State University, 1991

Dr. Blake teaches GLY 101 Physical Geology, GLY 441 Structural Geology, GLY 470 Field Course in Geology, GLY 514 Advanced Metamorphic Petrology, GLY 541 Advanced Structural Geology, and GLY 443/543 Tectonics.

Research Interests:
Dr. David Blake is a petrologist and structural geologist who studies the tectonic evolution of the Laurentian-North American craton and its accreted terranes from the Neoproterozoic to the Mesozoic primarily in the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina for the NCGS STATEMAP program. Detailed traditional and iPad geologic mapping of deformed igneous, metamorphic, and volcanogenic sedimentary rocks within and between lithotectonic terranes of eastern Carolinia is the main focus of his research. After establishing the lithologic and lithodemic framework of an area, Dr. Blake concentrates on such topics as the microscale to macroscale analyses of structural and metamorphic fabric elements, the mechanical control that fabric exerts on deformation, progressive plastic-brittle deformation, overprinting relationships, and metamorphism during fault zone development, and plate tectonic interactions responsible for terrane accretion.