Dr. Julia Cartwright interviewed on the Science Channel

New faculty member Dr. Julia Cartwright was interviewed on the Science Channel show “NASA’s Unexplained Files” (season 5, episode 1, starting at the 33rd minute). She discusses a lunar impact feature that may be the result of a NASA seismic experiment decades ago. The episode can be seen here.

The Department of Geological Sciences dominated the 11th Annual Excellence in Community Engagement Award Ceremony that was held in Bryan Center on March 14th, 2017. Dr. Yuehan Lu was recognized for “Engaging USDA scientists and landowner for identifying sources of nutrient pollution in agricultural watershed” with community partners Landowners in Florence, AL and Dr. Natasha

Greg Brenn and Samantha Hansen publish in Geology

Recent M.S. graduate Greg Brenn (soon joining Geoscience Australia) and his adviser, Samantha Hansen, recently published his thesis research in Geology, their research is featured on the cover.  This publication stems from several years of fieldwork in Antarctica funded by Dr. Hansen’s NSF CAREER grant.  The paper describes thermal loading and uplift of the Transantarctic

Rebecca Minzoni’s ice shelf research profiled in Eos.

Eos features paleoclimate research Dr. Rebecca Minzoni presented at the recent American Geophysical Union meeting. Her work on West Antarctic ice shelf variation, using sedimentology and micropaleontology, not only reveals ancient ice and climate processes, but is also gives useful insight into present-day ice shelf variation and its ties to ocean currents and global climate

Attention Prospective Graduate Students!

Please note, that our department continues to accept applications for our graduate program until all positions are filled. Please apply as soon as possible and get the materials in to have the best chance on earning a position. To start and application, go to and go to our faculty list and contact the professor(s)

Lindahl Ph.D. Scholarships available for Fall 2017

The University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences seeks Ph.D. students with specializations that complement faculty research interests. Exceptional students will receive Research or Teaching Assistantships and a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $22,000 for a nine-month appointment, and the cost of non-resident tuition is covered. Funding is renewable for four years if expectations are met. Other

Lynn Harrell wins A&S Outstanding Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Harrell for winning the A&S Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dr. Harrell graduated from DGS in Fall 2015 and had already published three papers from his dissertation work. He is currently managing the Paleontology section at  the Alabama Geological Survey ( Congratulation Lynn, well deserved!

Hydroclimate Modeler Faculty Position Open

Integrated Hydroclimate Modeler – Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position The University of Alabama (UA) Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in integrated hydroclimate modeling, beginning August 2017. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level, and outstanding scholars at the tenure-track Associate Professor level may also be considered.

Dr. Berry H. “Nick” Tew, Jr. Receives Highest American Geosciences Institute Award

The American Geosciences Institute recently announced that Dr. Berry H. “Nick” Tew Jr., the state geologist of Alabama and the director of The University of Alabama’s Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies, has received the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, the institute’s highest award. Read the article here.