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

Research Interests:

Astrobiophysics; Computational Physical Cosmology  

Selected Publications

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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

5. 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

6. 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)

7. 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).

8. 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).

9. 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

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

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