Thwaites Glacier Research Highlighted in BBC Article

Recently published research led by Dr. K Hogan (BAS) and co-authored by UA’s Dr. R. Totten Minzoni and graduate student V. Fitzgerald about Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica highlighted by the BBC. For the BBC news article, follow this link:

COVID-19 paper published by Dr. Yong Zhang and Dr. Geoff Tick

Dr. Yong Zhang has published a paper in the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals: the interdisciplinary journal of Nonlinear Science, and Nonequilibrium and Complex Phenomena called: Applicability of time fractional derivative models for simulating the dynamics and mitigation scenarios of COVID-19   Read about it on the UA News website: The paper can be


We in the Department of Geological Sciences are horrified by the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and all those who suffered such violence before them. We condemn any message or act of hate. We stand with our Black colleagues and students, and stand against racism. Our goal is to foster

Passing of Dr. Jen Ho Fang

The department mourns the loss of Jen Ho Fang. Dr. Fang was a respected faculty member and long-serving department chair. He helped usher the department into a more research-intensive way of operation.  While he retired some time ago, he frequently visited campus and stayed in touch with us throughout the years. He made a huge

AMNH Interview with Dr. Cartwright about the Sylacauga Meteorite

The Alabama Museum of Natural History here on campus at UA houses the famous Sylacauga meteorite – also known as the “Hodges” meteorite. This meteorite famously injured Mrs. Hodges as it came through the roof of her house in the town of Sylacauga, in 1954. Here, Assistant Professor Dr. Julia Cartwright talks about the meteorite

Virtual Honors Day!

Virtual Honors Day and Graduation Ceremony Saturday, May 2, 2020 1:00 PM Congratulations to all our award recipients and graduates! Download PDF Version Undergraduate Honors Recipients   Graduate Honors Recipients Graduating Students Undergraduate Students Graduate Students  

Good News!

Determining the onset of the terrestrial geodynamo is fundamental in our understanding of the formation of a habitable Earth.  Due to the lack of a >4 Ga rock record, detrital Hadean zircons may hold clues into the presence of a geodynamo on early Earth.  However, these new results suggest that none of the nearly 4000

Dr. Alain Plattner awarded NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award

Dr. Alain Plattner was named to the inaugural class of NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award recipients as one out of six researchers nation-wide. This highly competitive award will fund the development of a planetary magnetic-fields research group that will serve as a pathway for talented students in the Alabama / Mississippi region towards careers in

Dr. Julia Cartwright’s New NASA Grant Research Profiled

Dr. Julia Cartwright’s research being conducted under a recent NASA grant is profiled in the UA News article, “UA Research Looks to Asteroid Belt for Clues on Early Solar System.” The project is focused on analyzing the geochemistry of meteorites to better understand the origin of the solar system, particularly an event known as the