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Adrian L. Melott

Emeritus Professor
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785-864-3037
4073 Malott Hall


Summary

Research Focus: Astrobiophysics, Astro/Cosmology

Professional Background:

2017-present: Emeritus Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas;
1994-2017: 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

1. From cosmic explosions to terrestrial fires? (A.L. Melott and B.C. Thomas) Journal of Geology, 127, 475-481. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/703418 (2019)

2. Muon Radiation Dose and Marine Megafaunal Extinction at the end-Pliocene Supernova. (A.L. Melott, F. Marinho, and L. Paulucci) Astrobiology 19, 825-830 (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2018.1902

3a. ​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

3b. 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

4. 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

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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: https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2016.1527

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

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


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