Doug Schmitt, PhD


Faculty of Science - Physics


Area of Study / Keywords

Geophyics Rock Physics Rock Mechanics Scientific Drilling Stress Measurement


BSc Physics (1980) - U of Lethbridge, Canada

Geophysicist - Texaco Canada Resources, Canada

PhD (1987) - Seismological Laboratory, Caltech, USA

PDF (1988) - Stanford University, USA

Professor (1989-2017) - U of Alberta, Canada

Professor Emeritus (2018 - present), U of Alberta, Canada

Humboldt Research Fellow (1997) - Uni Karlsruhe, Germany

Canada Research Chair in Rock Physics (2002-2016) - U of Alberta, Canada

Visiting Scientist (2005) - Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, Australia

Currently, Stephen and Karen Brand Professor of Unconventional Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.


My research centres on topics in rock physics and mechanics with an emphasis on field, borehole, and laboratory measurements. We are actively involved in numerous international level scientific drilling projects often being responsible for surface seismic, geophysical logging, and stress measurements, and there are opportunities for students to participate in such work.

See my research website ( for more detailed information.


Have taught nearly all of the Geophysics curriculum and developed an intensive Geophysics Field school until recently. Current teaching focuses on a broadly based course in Rock Physics and Geomechanics for undergraduates (Geophysics 332) and a more advanced version for graduate students taught at the U of Alberta and other Universities internationally. 

I am currently teaching an introductory course in Geosciences for earth science students, my rock physics class for upper level and beginning graduate students, and a course entitled 'Fossil Fuels, Energy, and Society' that focuses on issues related to the Energy Transition.

Featured Publications

Glombick P, Schmitt DR, Xie W, Bown T, Hathaway B, Banks C

Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 2014 January;

Schijns H, Schmitt DR, Heikkinen PJ, Kukkonnen IT

Geophysical Journal International. 2012 January; 189

Schmitt DR, Currie CA, Zhang L

Tectonophysics. 2012 January; 580

Bouzidi Y, Schmitt DR

Geophysical Journal International. 2012 January; 191

Schmitt, D.R.

Treatise on Geophysics, 2nd Ed. Volume 11,