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Adrian L. Melott

Emeritus Professor, Cosmology/Astrophysics/Astrobiology
Primary office:
5075 Malott Hall

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


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, American Astronomical Society, Royal Astronomical Society (U.K.) and The Paleontological Society.

Research Interests:

Astrobiophysics; Computational Physical Cosmology  

Selected Publications

1. 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

2. 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)

3. Low time resolution analysis of polar ice cores cannot detect impulsive nitrate events. (D.F. Smart, M.A. Shea, Adrian L. Melott, and Claude M. Laird) Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 119, doi:10.1002/2014JA020378 (2014).

4. Has the Earth been exposed to numerous supernovae within the last 300 kyr? (A.L. Melott, I.G. Usoskin, G.A. Kovaltsov, and C.M. Laird) International Journal of Astrobiology, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S1473550414000512 (2014).

5. Cosmogenic nuclide enhancement via deposition from long-period comets as a test of the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis. (A.C. Overholt and A.L. Melott) Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 55-61. (2013) DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.07.029

6. Do Periodicities In Extinction-With Possible Astronomical Connections-- Survive a Revision of the Geological Timescale? (A.L. Melott and R.K. Bambach) Astrophysical Journal, 773, 6-10 (2013).

7. Terrestrial effects due to possible astrophysical sources of an AD 774-775 increase in 14C production (B.C. Thomas, A.L. Melott, K.R. Arkenberg, and B.R. Snyder II) Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-4.  DOI: 10.1002/grl.50222  (2013). (Selected as a “Research Spotlight” by the American Geophysical Union, noted in the journal and in their newsletter Eos.)

8. Causes of an AD 774-775 14C increase. (A.L. Melott and B.C. Thomas) Nature, 491, E1. DOI 10.1038/nature11695 (2012).

9. A ~60 Myr periodicity is common to marine-87Sr/86Sr, fossil biodiversity, and large-scale sedimentation: what does the periodicity reflect? (Adrian L. Melott, Richard K. Bambach, Kenni D. Petersen, and John M. McArthur) Journal of Geology, 120, 217-226 (2012)

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

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