Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson

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Title Associate Director
Address 904 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0989
Phone 402-472-7762
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail phanson2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Paul Hanson, and I'm the Associate Director of the School of Natural Resources. I am also an assistant professor in the SNR. I'm associated with the Geography/GIScience Faculty and the Geology and Soils Faculty.

Paul Hanson sampling a Wisconsin River terrace fill for optical dating.
Paul Hanson sampling a Wisconsin River terrace fill for optical dating.

My main research interests are in studying the responses of river, hillslope, and eolian (wind-deposited) systems to climate change. My research goals include studying the evolution of the Platte River system, the responses of rivers and dune systems to climate change in the recent past, and the causes for stream incision on the western Great Plains and the central Rocky Mountains.

For much of this work, I use optical dating techniques (aka 'Optically Stimulated Luminescence', a relatively new dating technique that is used for recently deposited geological materials) to construct chronologies of river, dune, and hillslope sediments. These studies are important for identifying the long-term climatic conditions in Nebraska, particularly concerning the nature of drought events and changes in flood magnitudes in the region.

Other aspects of my research involve producing surficial geologic maps and studying groundwater resources in eastern Nebraska. These kinds of studies are important to better understanding our groundwater and other geological resources that are of economic importance in Nebraska.

I teach courses in physical geography and lead Natural Resource field trip courses to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and Big Bend National Park in Texas.

Selected Publications

Divine, D.P., Joeckel, R.M., Korus, J.T., Hanson, P.R., Olafsen Lackey, S., 2009, Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA): Introduction to a Hydrogeologic Study, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Conservation and Survey Division Bulletin 1 (New Series), 32 p.
Hanson, P.R., Joeckel, R.M., Young, A.R., Horn, J., 2009, Late Holocene Dune Activity in the Eastern Platte River Valley, Nebraska, Geomorphology 103, 555-561.
Mason, J.A., Miao, X., Hanson, P.R., Johnson, W.C., Jacobs, P.M., Goble, R.J., 2008, Loess record of the last Glacial-Interglacial transition on the northern and central Great Plains, Quaternary Science Reviews 27, 1772-1783.
Miao, X., Mason, J.A., Swinehart, J.B., Loope, D.B., Hanson, P.R., Goble, R.J., Liu, X., 2007, A 10,000-year record of dune activity, dust storms, and drought in the central Great Plains, Geology 35, 119-122.
Rawling, J.E., III, Hanson, P.R., Young, A.R., Attig, J.W., 2008, Late Pleistocene dune construction in the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin, USA, Geomorphology 100, 494-505.
Hanson, P.R., Mason, J.A. and Goble, R.J., 2006, The formation of fluvial terraces along Wyoming's Laramie Range as a response to late Pleistocene flooding events. Geomorphology 76, 12-25.
Hanson, P.R., Mason, J.A. and Goble, R.J., 2006, The formation of fluvial terraces along Wyoming's Laramie Range as a response to late Pleistocene flooding events. Geomorphology 76, 12-25.
Miao, X., Mason, J.A., Goble, R.J. and Hanson, P.R. 2005. Loess-inferred dry climate and eolian activity in the early to mid-Holocene, central Great Plains, North America. The Holocene 15, 339-346.
Miao, X., Mason, J.A., Goble, R.J. and Hanson, P.R. 2005. Loess-inferred dry climate and eolian activity in the early to mid-Holocene, central Great Plains, North America. The Holocene 15, 339-346.
Hanson, P.R., Mason, J.A. and Goble, R.J. 2004. Episodic late Quaternary slope wash deposition as recorded in colluvial aprons, southeastern Wyoming. Quaternary Science Reviews 23, 1835-1846.
Mason, J.A., Jacobs, P.M., Hanson, P.R., Miao, X. and Goble, R.J. 2003. Sources and paleoclimatic significance of Holocene Bignell Loess, central Great Plains, U.S.A. Quaternary Research 60, 330-339.

Educational Background

  • BA - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology (1994)
  • MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geosciences (2003)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geosciences (2005)

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Regional Cenozoic sedimentology and stratigraphy, surficial processes, climate change and landscape evolution, evolution of hillslope, eolian, and fluvial systems, Quaternary geology, Quaternary geochronology, optical dating, soil geomorphology, geoarchaeology, Cenozoic paleoclimatology.

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title 2013-2014 Statemap
Starting Date 9/15/2013
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Mark Kuzila
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2014
Funding Level $72,636.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title 2012-2013 Statemap
Starting Date 7/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 6/30/2013
Funding Level $69,667.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - GS

 
Grant Title OSL Dating of Sediment Samples
Starting Date 7/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $15,522.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map
Starting Date 7/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $71,017.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Subsurface Investigation for Eolin and Interdune Deposits Near Crecent Lake
Starting Date 8/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 12/31/2011
Funding Level $65,000.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2010-11 (additional funding)
Starting Date 5/15/2010
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 5/14/2011
Funding Level $75,854.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Eastern Nebraska HEM Aquifier Mapping
Starting Date 7/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 7/1/2010
Funding Level $60,000.00
Funding Source Lower Platte South Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment Study, Ashland, Firth, and Oakland Bulletins
Starting Date 7/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Susan Lackey
Ending Date 7/1/2011
Funding Level $84,500.00
Funding Source Lower Platte North Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Collaborative Research: Linking Loess landforms and Eolian Processes
Starting Date 7/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 6/30/2011
Funding Level $45,730.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title REU Site: Collaborative Research: Dune Undergraduate Geomorphology and Geochronology (DUGG) Project in Wisconsin
Starting Date 6/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 5/31/2012
Funding Level $44,228.00
Funding Source University of Wisconsin-Platteville

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2009-10
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 4/30/2010
Funding Level $82,156.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment
Starting Date 8/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Susan Lackey
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Paul Hanson
Ending Date 7/1/2010
Funding Level $17,080.00
Funding Source Lower Platte North Natural Resources District

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Restoration Science
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

Courses Taught in the Current Semester
Course Number Course Title Day Time Cross Listing
GEOG 497 Internship in Geography ARR ARR GEOG 497/897
GEOG 897 Internship in Geography ARR ARR GEOG 497/897
NRES 108 Earth's Natural Resource Systems MW 1230-0250 P None
NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Tour: Nat Resources - Puerto Rico M 0500-0550 P n/a
NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management ( Puerto Rico Trip - M 0500-0550 P n/a
NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (Puerto Rico Trip) M 0500-0550 P n/a
Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 155 Elements of Physical Geography X X X X n/a
GEOG 491 Geography Field Tour GEOG 491/891; NRES 491
GEOG 891 Geography Field Tour GEOG 491/891; NRES 491
NRES 491 Geography Field Tour GEOG 491/891; NRES 491
NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management - Puerto Rico X NRES 892