Biography

David R. Hilton is a Professor of Geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. His research involves the application of noble gas isotopes to petrogenetic, geodynamic, geothermal, and hydrogeological problems.

Born in Bangor, Wales (UK), he received a BS in Geochemistry from the University of Liverpool, an MS in Hydrogeology from the University of London, and a PhD in Isotope Geochemistry from the University of Cambridge.

As an isotope geochemist and Head of the Fluids and Volatiles Laboratory at Scripps, Hilton studies the relationship between helium and carbon in degassing of currently-active volcanoes/calderas in arc environments, such as Indonesia, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Andes; ocean islands, such as Iceland and Hawaii; and continental geothermal systems, such as Rungwe Volcanic Province in Tanzania. His other areas of research include using noble gases as indicators of recharge characteristics and flow history in groundwater systems in arid environments, such as in the Kalahari and Mojave deserts; studying the nature of mantle plumes using noble gas tracers; and noble gas (He, Ne, Ar, Xe)-stable isotope (C, H, O)-radiogenic isotope (Sr, Nd, Pb) relationships in oceanic and continental lavas. He has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books on these topics. 

Prior to joining the academic staff at Scripps, Hilton held a postdoctoral research position at the institution (1986-88). He went on to become a research geologist, first at the Free University in Berlin (1989-1993) and then at the Free University in Amsterdam (1993-95), before returning to Scripps as a faculty member in 1996. He currently serves as Director of the Geosciences Research Division.

In January 2013, Hilton became Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Geology.

Last updated October, 2013