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Adrian L. Melott

Emeritus Professor
Primary office:
785-864-3037
5075 Malott Hall


Summary

Research Focus: Astrobiophysics, Astro/Cosmology

Professional Background:

1994-Present: Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas 
1990-1994: Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas
1986-1990: Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas 
1983-1986: Enrico Fermi Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
1984: Visiting Researcher, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara
1983: IAU Visiting Astronomer, Oxford University
1983: IREX Fellow, Moscow State University
1982: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pittsburgh

Education:

1981: Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas

Honors Awards:

2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2003: Outstanding Educator Award, Pi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity
2002: Distinguished Alumni Achievment Award, Bethany College
2002: Joseph A.Burton Forum Award, American Physical Society
2001: Steeples Award for Service to the Citizens of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
1996:Fellow of the American Physical Society 
Member: American Physical Society and The Paleontological Society.

Research Interests:

Astrobiophysics; Computational Physical Cosmology  

Selected Publications

1a. ​Extraordinary biomass-burning episode and impact winter triggered by the Younger Dryas cosmic impact ~12,800 years ago; Part 1: Ice cores and glaciers (Wendy S. Wolbach, Joanne P. Ballard, Paul A. Mayewski, Victor Adedeji, Ted E. Bunch, Richard B. Firestone, Timothy A. French, George A. Howard, Isabel Israde-Alcántara, John R Johnson, David Kimbel, Charles R. Kinzie, Andrei Kurbatov, Gunther K. Kletetschka, Malcolm A. LeCompte, William C. Mahaney, Adrian L. Melott, Abigail Maiorana-Boutilier, Siddhartha Mitra, Christopher R. Moore, William M. Napier, Jennifer Parlier, Kenneth B.Tankersley, Brian C. Thomas , James H. Wittke, Allen West, James P. Kennett) Journal of Geology 126, 165-184 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1086/695703

1b. Extraordinary biomass-burning episode and impact winter triggered by the Younger Dryas cosmic impact ~12,800 years ago; Part 2: Lake, marine, and terrestrial sediments (Wendy S. Wolbach, Joanne P. Ballard, Paul A. Mayewski, Andrew C. Parnell, Niamh Cahill, Victor Adedeji, Ted E. Bunch, Gabriela Domínguez-Vázquez, Jon M. Erlandson, Richard B. Firestone, Timothy A. French, George Howard, Isabel Israde-Alcántara, John R. Johnson, David Kimbel, Charles R. Kinzie, Andrei Kurbatov, Günther K. Kletetschka, Malcolm A. LeCompte, William C. Mahaney, Adrian L. Melott, Siddhartha Mitra, Abigail Maiorana-Boutilier, Christopher R. Moore, William M. Napier, Jennifer Parlier, Kenneth B.Tankersley, Brian C. Thomas , James H. Wittke, Allen West, James P. Kennett) Journal of Geology 126, 185-205 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1086/695704

2. Terrestrial effects of moderately nearby supernovae. (A.L. Melott and B.C. Thomas). Lethaia 51, 325-329 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1111/let.12256

3. Periodicity in the extinction rate and possible astronomical causes. (A.L. Melott and R.K. Bambach) Palaeontology 60: 911–920 (2017) DOI: 10.1111/pala.12322

4. A Supernova at 50 Pc:  Effects on the Earth’s Atmosphere and Biota (A.L Melott, B. C. Thomas, M. Kachelrieß, D.V. Semikoz, and A. C. Overholt) Astrophysical Journal, 840, 105 (2017) https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa6c57

5. Does the Planetary Dynamo Go Cycling On? Re-examining the Evidence for Cycles in Magnetic Reversal Rate. (A.L. Melott, A. Pivarunas, J.G. Meert, and B.S. Lieberman). International Journal of Astrobiology 17, 44-50 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1017/S1473550417000040

6. A possible role for stochastic astrophysical ionizing radiation events in the systematic disparity between molecular and fossil dates (A.L. Melott) Astrobiology 17, 87-90 (2017). doi:10.1089/ast.2016.1527

7. Supernovae in the Neighbourhood. (A. L. Melott) Nature 532, 40-41 (2016).

8. Atmospheric ionization by high fluence, hard spectrum solar proton events and their probable appearance in the ice core archive. (A.L. Melott, B.C. Thomas, C.M. Laird, B. Neuenswander, and D. Atri), Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 121 (2016). DOI: 10.1002/2015JD024064

9. A link between solar events and congenital malformations: Is ionizing radiation enough to explain it? (A.C. Overholt , A.L. Melott,  and D. Atri) Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 120.3, 1537-1542 (2015)

10. The Topology of Large Scale Structure in the Universe (A.L.Melott) Physics Reports 193, 1 (1990)