Andrew Hanson

Dean, Honors College

Associate Professor of Geology

Organic Geochemistry, Petroleum Geology, Salt Tectonics

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

Please note: I no longer admit graduate advisees.


Ph.D. – Stanford University: 1999


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

Lamb, Melissa A, Beard, L. Sue, Dragos, Malia, Hanson, Andrew D., Sitton, Mark, Hickson, Thomas A., Dunbar, Nelia, Umhoefer, Paul J., McIntosh, William, and Karlstrom, Karl E., 2018, Provenance and paleogeography of the 25–17 Ma Rainbow Gardens Formation: Evidence for tectonic activity at ca. 19 Ma and internal drainage rather than throughgoing paleorivers on the southwestern Colorado Plateau, Geosphere, v. 14,

Evans, Sarah L*, Styrone, R. van Soest, M., Hodges, K. and Hanson, Andrew D., 2015, Zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He evidence for Paleogene to Neogene extension in the Southern Snake Range, Nevada, USA, Tectonics, v. 34., doi:10.1002/2015TC003913.

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.

Druschke, P.*, Hanson, A.D. , Wells, M.L.,  Gehrels, G.E., and Stöckli, D.  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.


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