Donna Blackman
Research Geophysicist
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Donna Blackman is a research geophysicist in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. She joined Scripps initially as a postgraduate researcher in 1992 and she retired in 2018.

A main focus of Blackman’s research is tectonic and magmatic processes that occur along ridge-transform plate boundaries. In her research, she employs a variety of geophysical methods, seafloor mapping and sampling, and ocean-floor drilling.

Another area of ongoing research is numerical modeling of mantle deformation and the development of seismic anisotropy along spreading and converging plate boundaries.

Previous research included the application of hydroacoustics to study long-distance sound propagation in the oceans to document the capabilities of international networks designed for nuclear test monitoring.

She received a B.S. in earth science from UC Santa Cruz, an M.Sc. in marine geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology–Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Brown University. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington. She was a faculty lecturer at the University of Leeds (UK).

Blackman served as Program Director in Marine Geology & Geophysics at NSF 2012-2015. Upon return to Scripps and research, she also served a year as Earth Section head.

Last updated Nov 2018