Dr. Brendan McNulty
Professor of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Science and Geography
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Office: NSM B312
Ph.D., Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994
M.S., Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, 1990
B.S., Marine Geology, San Diego State University, 1987
Professor, CSUDH, 2004-present
Department Chair, CSUDH, 2002-2006, 2011
Associate Professor, CSUDH, 2000-2004
Assistant Professor, CSUDH, 1997-2000
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995-1997
EAR 376 Field Methods of Mapping
EAR 450 Plate Tectonics & Rock Cycle
EAR 410 Environmental Geology
SMT 312 Natural Disasters
SMT 416 Earth Science for Teachers
Dr. McNulty has been actively engaged in geological research during his sixteen years at CSUDH. McNulty’s research has been funded by five National Science Foundation grants, and has included projects in North America (Sierra Nevada, California), South America (Cordillera Blanca, Peruvian Andes), and China (Qinling Mountains). His primary research - centered on the evolution of continental magmatic arcs - was featured in top geology journals (cover photos below from Geology and GSA Bulletin); this work led to the CSUDH Award for Outstanding Research in 2006.
During his tenure as Department Chair, McNulty’s research interests began to shift towards environmental issues. Foremost, he began a collaborative project with Dr. Weixing Tong (Los Angeles Water Board) that centered on training undergraduate and graduate Earth Science students in hydrogeology, with a specific focus on the contamination of groundwater by gasoline oxygenates (notably MTBE: methyl tertiary-butyl ether). This work - funded by the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences program - provided students with 1) hands-on experience with a "real world" environmental problem, 2) financial support while attending college, and 3) training in a field that leads to jobs.
McNulty is also involved in K-12 science teacher education, and has collaborated on several externally funded projects (NSF-Urban Systemic Initiative; NASA-ALERT; Los Angeles Annenberg Math–Science Literacy Project). McNulty’s current interests center on developing field trip guides for non-geologists. As an example, Los Angeles citizens might be interested in the geology behind Palos Verdes Peninsula: http://www4.csudh.edu/Assets/CSUDH-Sites/Earth/docs/PalosVerdesfieldguide.pdf. Plans are underway to write field trip guides for several other important geology sites in southern California, align the guides with the Next Generation Science Standards and implement them as resources for middle and high school teachers.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (re: magmatic arc evolution)
McNulty, B. A., and Farber, D. L., 2002, Active detachment faulting above the Peruvian flat slab, Geology, v. 30, p. 567-570.
McNulty, B.A., Tobisch O.T., Cruden, A.R., and Gilder, S., 2000, Multi-stage emplacement of the Mt. Givens pluton, central Sierra Nevada, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 112, p. 103-119.
McNulty, B.A., Farber, D.L., Wallace, G., Lopez, R., 1998, Role of plate kinematics and plate-slip-vector partitioning in continental magmatic arcs: Evidence from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, Geology, v. 26, p. 827-830.
McNulty, B.A., Tong, W., and Tobisch, O.T., 1996, Assembly of a dike-fed magma chamber: the Jackass Lakes pluton, central Sierra Nevada, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 108: 926-940.
McNulty, B.A., 1995, Shear zone development during magmatic arc construction: the Bench Canyon shear zone, central Sierra Nevada, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 107: 1094-1107.
McNulty, B.A., 1995, Pseudotachylyte developed in the semi-brittle and brittle regimes, Bench Canyon shear zone, central Sierra Nevada, Journal of Structural Geology, 17: 1507- 1521.
Gilder, S. A., and McNulty, B. A., 1999, Tectonic exhumation and tilting of the Mount Givens pluton, central Sierra Nevada, California, Geology, v. 27, p. 919-922.
Tobisch, O.T., McNulty, B.A., and Vernon, R.H., 1997, Microgranitoid enclave swarms in granitic plutons, central Sierra Nevada, California, Lithos, 40: 321-339.
Tobisch, O.T., Saleeby, J.B., Renne, P.R., McNulty, B.A. & Tong, W., 1995, Variations in deformation fields during development of a large volume magmatic arc, central Sierra Nevada, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 107: 148-166.
Rousse, S., Gilder, S., Farber, D., McNulty, B., and Torres, V., 2002, Paleomagnetic evidence for rapid vertical-axis rotation in the Peruvian Cordillera at ca. 8 Ma, Geology, v. 30, p. 75-78.
Rousse, S., Gilder S., Farber, D., McNulty, B., Patriat, P., Torres, V., and Sempere, T., 2003, Paleomagnetic tracking of mountain building in the Peruvian Andes since 10 Ma, Tectonics, v. 20, no. 5.
Publications / Presentations (NSF-OEDG project, student authors in bold):
Llamas, E., Nugal, K., Tong, W., McNulty, B., 2008, MTBE contamination of groundwater in the San Diego and Riverside County areas of California, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 1, p. 71.
Llamas, E. Tong, W., McNulty, B., 2008, MTBE contamination of groundwater in the San Diego and Riverside County areas of California, Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), CSU Pomona, poster presentation, November 22, 2008.
Mack, P., Tong, W., McNulty, B., 2008a, MTBE contamination of groundwater in the Lahontan region of California, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 1, p. 79.
Nugal, K., Tong, W., McNulty, B., 2006, "Contamination of Groundwater in California by MTBE: How Do We Constrain the Problem?", Eos Trans. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meet. Suppl., vol. 87(52), p. GC41A-104.
Nugal, K., Tong, W., McNulty, B., 2006, "Characterization and assessment of MTBE contamination of groundwater in selected regions of California", Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Annual Meeting (Tampa, Florida), p. 168.