Samantha Hansen, an IRIS alumni from 1999, has recently received tenure in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama and been honored with the University of Alabana President’s Faculty Research Award. Sam's research is driven by the underlying goal to advance understanding of fundamental geodynamic processes, such as volcanism, continental rifting, and mountain building. Using a variety of geophysical tools that emphasize earthquake seismology and active tectonics, she analyses seismic data to investigate structure and to infer associated earth processes. Learn more about Sam and her work by checking out this video!
Recently, her research investigations have been focused on Saudi Arabia, Africa, and Antarctica.In recognition of these efforts, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama.