Andrew D. Hanson


Associate Dean, Honors College

Associate Professor of Geology

Ph.D. - Stanford University: 1999

Organic Geochemistry, Petroleum Geology, Salt Tectonics

Telephone: (702) 895-2263
Office: Rogers Literature and Law 131

Please note: I no longer admit graduate advisees.


My current research is focused on thermal anomalies adjacent to mobile salt structures and biogeochemical processes linked to these anomalies.

Research Publications

*denotes Hanson advisee

Evans, Sarah L*, Styrone, R. van Soest, M., Hodges, K. and Hanson, Andrew D., in press, Zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He evidence for Paleogene to Neogene extension in the Southern Snake Range, Nevada, USA, Tectonics.

Dickinson, W.R., Karlstrom, K.E., Hanson, A.D., Gehrels, G.E., Pecha, M., Cather, S.M., and Kimbrough, D.L., 2014, Detrital zircon U-Pb evidence precludes paleo-Colorado River sediment in the exposed Muddy Creek Formation of the Virgin River depression, Geosphere, v. 10., p.1123-1138.

Hanson, Andrew D., 2014, A surprising and highly asymmetric paleo-thermal anomaly around El Gordo diapir, La Popa basin, Mexico, AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, p. 213-226.

P. Druschke*, A.D. Hanson, M.L. Wells, G.E. Gehrels, and D. Stockli, 2011, Paleogeographic isolation of the Cretaceous to Eocene Sevier hinterland, east-central Nevada: Insights from U-Pb and (U-Th)/He detrital zircon ages of hinterland strata; GSA Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1141-1160.

Hudson, Samuel M.*, and Hanson, Andrew D., 2010, Thermal maturation and hydrocarbon migration within La Popa basin, NE Mexico, with implications for other salt structures; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 94, p. 273-291.


HON 498 Honors Thesis/Project 1
HON 499 Honors Thesis/Project II