Darrell Henry Vita


Ph.D. 1981, University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.S. 1976, University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.S. 1973, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ph.D. Thesis: "Sulfide-Silicate Relations of the Staurolite Grade Pelitic Schists, Rangeley Quadrangle, Maine"

M.S. Thesis: "Spinel Peridotites of the Gold Beach Area, Oregon"


Professional Experience

Professor, Louisiana State University; 1997-present; metamorphic petrology.

Associate Professor, Louisiana State University; 1990-1997; metamorphic petrology.

Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University; 1985-1990; metamorphic petrology.

Geological Research Consultant, ARCO Oil and Gas Company; 1983-1985; establishment and development of the electron microprobe facility.

Visiting Research Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute; 1983; petrogenesis of Archean rocks of the Beartooth Mountains, Montana and fluid inclusions in extraterrestrial materials.

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA - Johnson Space Center; 1981- 1983; petrology of early Archean rocks.

Research Associate, Arizona State University; 1978-1981; high temperature solution calorimetry of silicate glasses.

Research Interests

Teaching Interests

  • Metamorphic petrology

  • Mineralogy/crystal chemistry

  • Phase equilibria/high temperature geochemistry

  • Topical seminars on metamorphism, tectonism, fluid flow and crustal development


  • Tiger Athletic Foundation President's Award: 2005

  • Member of Tourmaline Nomenclature subcommission of the International Mineralogical Association: 2003-present

  • Campanile Charities Professorship: 2001-present

  • Outstanding Service Award to the Mineralogical Society of America as Editor of the Lattice: 2000

  • LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award: 1999

  • Board of Directors of DOSECC (continental scientific drilling program): 1998-2001

  • Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America: 1996

  • LSU Faculty Award for classroom instruction (Student Government Association): 1991

Professional Societies

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Mineralogical Association of Canada

  • Mineralogical Society of America

  • Societa Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia


  • Guest Co-editor of the Holdaway volume of The American Mineralogist 2001

  • Editor of The Lattice; the quarterly newsletter of the Mineralogical Society of America (1995-2001)

Darrell Henry is the Campanile Charities Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University whose research specialty is metamorphic petrology. Further details of his professional background are included in an accompanying vita or   faculty profile.

To contact Darrell Henry call (225)-578-2693, fax (225)-578-2302 or e-mail dhenry@geol.lsu.edu . Address: Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

This page was last updated on September 28, 2007.

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