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Alan Wanamaker named first holder of David Morehouse Faculty Fellowship


Alan Wanamaker (right), Geology, with Liberal Arts & Sciences interim dean David Oliver

Alan Wanamaker, assistant professor in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named the first holder of the David Morehouse Faculty Fellowship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.

The fellowship will provide Wanamaker with supplemental annual funds for his teaching and research efforts. The funds can be used to support students, purchase additional equipment and supplies, and provide travel to professional meetings or for professional development.

A Charles City, Iowa, native, Morehouse earned an M.S. in geology with a minor in economics from Iowa State in 1970. He recently retired after 37 years of federal civil service, the first four with the Planning and Special Projects Division in the Federal Power Commission's Bureau of Natural Gas. He spent the remainder of his service in a series of supervisory petroleum geologist and senior petroleum geologist positions at the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Morehouse established the fellowship to assist geological and atmospheric sciences to hire new faculty and give an early boost to their careers.

"I've always been grateful for the outstanding instruction and guidance I received from the entire Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences faculty," he said. "Fortunately I'm now able to give back by helping to advance the research and teaching of a clearly promising early-career faculty member."

Wanamaker researches past climates, especially in the North Atlantic Ocean during the last millennium.

"We try to understand how the atmosphere and oceans behaved in the past," he explained. "By doing this we can better document the natural range of variability in these systems. This allows us to better understand the impacts global change might bring due to increased impact by humans."

Wanamaker also directs the Stable Isotope Laboratory at Iowa State, and took part in the Climate of the Last Millennium – the largest European climate project.

"The resources associated with the David Morehouse Faculty Fellowship will allow me to pursue and develop new field locations in support of my paleoclimate research," Wanamaker said. "Additionally, this fellowship will help me train and support graduate and undergraduate students who work with me in the Stable Isotope Laboratory."


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