Andrew Hanson

Associate 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

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, A. 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