Dr. Matthew M. Wielicki with Tibetan children at Nam Co, Tibet, China.


Currently I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama.  Formerly a post-doctoral research scientist in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences and the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Research interests include: conditions of early Earth during the initiation of life; constraining the amount of continental lithosphere through time; understanding the flux and timing of asteroids impacting the Earth-Moon system and the association with major extinction events;  medical mineralogy and the evolution of the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau.  

Current Update - Looking for motivated graduate students to join me in Alabama for exciting research in early Earth, impact processes, geochronology, medical mineralogy and the evolution of the Tibetan Plateau.  Contact me if you are interested.  

Update 9/30/2016 - Comment in Earth Magazine about formation of Hadean zircon

Update 8/01/2016Comment on Kenny et al. 2016 in Geology

Update 6/15/2016 - American Mineralogist: Journal of Earth and Planetary Science noted paper