Jason Dahl, Ph.D.

Instructor, Physics Department of Science

Dr. Jason Dahl earned his B.S. in Physics and Geology from Bemidji State University in 1996, his Sc.M. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences from Brown University in 2016, where he worked with a research group studying the effects of impact angle on asteroid impact processes. His dissertation, “Shock Asymmetries from Oblique Hypervelocity Impacts,” explored how variations in impact angle can lead to asymmetries in shock wave strength, and consequently, to asymmetries in impact crater structures. These asymmetric shock waves also lead to asymmetric momentum transfer during oblique impacts – a phenomenon which may be important when developing asteroid deflection strategies. Dr. Dahl has previously taught as an Assistant Professor of Geology at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, and as an Earth Science Instructor at Turtle Mountain Community College on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and an award for Best Paper at the 2000 Hypervelocity Impact Symposium. Dr. Dahl joined the faculty of the USCGA in the fall of 2016.


  • Ph.D., Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, 2016, “Shock Asymmetries from Oblique Hypervelocity Impacts”
  • Sc.M., Geological Sciences, Brown University, 1999
  • B.S., Physics and Geology, Bemidji State University, 1996

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