Curriculum Vitae -- David Dalton
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Last updated June 17, 2013. Word format.
geophysicist; applied mathematician; acoustical physicist; proofreader (including English proofreading
and math proofreading including checking for
mathematical correctness); math or earth sciences tutor;
library and internet researcher;
or combination of more than one of those
- Between 1980 and 1992, Scholarships and Awards totalling approximately $127,000, including the
NSERC 1967 Scholarship, the Newfoundland Offshore Development Fund Career Graduate Fellowship,
the Petro-Canada Graduate Fellowship, and the 1985 MUN graduating class Earth Sciences Gold Medal.
Graduate study and research between 1985 and 1995 at UBC
was full-time (12 months/year) and funded by awards
up to 1992, then by a student loan, and such research activity is
often considered equivalent to employment experience. Graduate study and
research between fall 2002 and summer 2004 at MUN was similarly
full-time and funded by a graduate fellowship and part-time
teaching assistantship position.
- part-time research assistant MUN Earth Sciences 2006--2011, May 2013--current
- Teaching Assistant (part-time) MUN Earth Sciences 2002--2004
- Live Music Coordinator (part-time) UBC Grad Student Centre 1991-1995
- Teaching Assistant (part-time) UBC Geophysics 1988-1989
- Seismic Field Crew Surveyor MUN Earth Sciences summer 1985
- Seismic Reflection Modeller Chevron Canada, Calgary, AB summer 1984
- Aeromagnetic Researcher MUN Earth Sciences summer 1983
- Agriculture Resouce Camp Cook MUN Extension Services summer 1982
- Duckworth Lunch kitchen staff Duckworth Lunch summer 1981
- Restaurant 290 vegetable chef Restaurant 290 summer 1980
- have 30 years of experience on a variety of systems, most recently on a Macintosh, most extensively on
Sun Workstations (Unix), but also Windows, DOS, Vax/VMS mainframe and MTS/Amdahl mainframe and a Redhat Linux box with KDE window manager.
- have programmed since 1982, in Fortran, TeX, Maple, Matlab, sh, DCL, some C.
- am adept in the installation and troubleshooting of software after acting as a volunteer resource person
for other students and faculty in computer software, operating system and some hardware questions.
- have compiled, installed and maintained the scientific document processing and other packages TeX,
LaTeX, MetaFont, dvips, xdvi, gnuplot, AucTeX, international ispell, gnus, zsh and other public domain
programs for users on the UBC G&A Sun network.
- have experience with much software, including word processors such as TeX, LaTeX, Scribe, MS-Word on Windows and the
Mac, Word Perfect in Windows 95, ArborText's Publisher, SunWrite (later named IslandWrite),
MacWrite, WordPad; editors such as GNU emacs, NotePad, MTS edit, DEC EDT; graphic editors such
as xfig, IslandDraw; mathematical packages Maple, Mathematica and more; I can easily learn most software.
- have some HTML (hypertext markup language) editing experience;
also, HTML is similar to other markup languages (e.g. LaTeX) that
I am adept with
- am proficient with Internet navigation, information retrieval and online promotion and publicity, including
Usenet newsgroups, mailing lists, web pages, web forums,
telnet, ftp (file transfer protocol) sites and gopher.
Other Scientific Skills/Experience
- geophysical training includes aspects of physics, geology, applied mathematics, computer programming,
electrical engineering, acoustics, digital signal processing, image processing, oceanography, technical writing and
more. In addition to geophysics, I have a comprehensive educational background in mathematics,
physics, geology, chemistry, english and french. This broad background would be useful in many fields.
- have done research in acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering and in global
geomagnetism and am interested in resource management and environmental geophysics, ocean acoustics,
sea ice radar enhancement, marine mammal acoustics, and musical acoustics and related signal processing. Since my geophysical training is heavy
in acoustical physics and digital signal processing I hope to be
able to apply that knowledge to the improvement of live music sound
and also studio recording technology, and thereby combine my
theoretical knowledge and creativity with my love of music.
- have had one summer of training and work with Chevron Canada Resources in Calgary, doing seismic
modelling with the GMA PC-based system, reflection seismic sections and well logs to determine the
viability of stratigraphic traps in Saskatchewan.
- have had three summer jobs with geophysical field experience, including land gravity surveying, Vibroseis
seismic surveying, and helicopter-assisted dynamite seismic surveying.
- am an adaptive, flexible problem solver in several areas and have the ability to generate creative ideas in
many other areas; also, am a fast learner in new areas of learning, including new software packages.
- have good technical writing and editing skills (scientific publications available upon request) and also
have had some practice in creative/descriptive/promotional writing. My creative writing skills include an
ability to make intuitive and imaginative leaps and connections, attention to rhythm and imagery, and a
developing ability to produce real time first draft lyrics to instrumental music after hearing a few
repetitions, or to improve, build upon or shed new light upon existing lyrics.
- while at university, I have given about 20 seminars, including two conference presentations, a corporate
report, several student lunch seminars and one departmental seminar.
- was for four years a volunteer (with occasional honorarium) part-time music coordinator for the UBC
graduate student centre, which involved booking bands, hosting concerts and jam sessions, designing and
distributing posters and doing live sound engineering.
- Dalton, D.R. and Yedlin, M.J. (1990) "ARMA Implementation of
Diffraction Operators with Inverse-root Singularities", IEEE Trans.
AP 38, 831-837.
- Dalton, D.R. and Yedlin, M.J. (1989) "Exact Time-Domain Solutions for Acoustic Diffraction by a Half
Plane", Surveys in Geophysics 10, 305-330. This was also published in the book: Aspects of Seismic
Reflection Data Processing, ed. R. Marschall (Prakla-Seismos).
- Yedlin, M.J. and Dalton, D.R. (1989) "Diffraction Coefficient Formulation of an Exact Solution for
Acoustic Diffraction by a Half Plane", In: Malik, S.K. and Graham, G.A.C. (eds.), Continuum Mechanics
and its Applications, 99-107, Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, N.Y.
Some Volunteer Work/Activities/Interests/Hobbies
- for four years I was live music coordinator/host/sound tech for the UBC Graduate Student centre.
This was largely volunteer but there was sometimes an honorarium for doing
sound, so I have listed this above under employment as well.
- during 1995 I acted as facilitator for a peer support group at UBC
and have helped some both there and on related Internet groups
learn how to maximize creativity and minimize mood swing problems.
- my other activities include badminton, yoga, running, softball, cooking
(I have been employed as a cook, years ago), creative writing, research
into the relationship between mood and mythology and into
comparative mythology and into musical acoustics.
references, transcripts and publications
available upon request
To see some music reviews by me, a Newfoundland and Labrador
travel and music page and more, go up to
my home page.