Alistair Hayden, PhD

Alistair Hayden

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health

Assistant Professor of Practice

Public & Ecosystem Health

Cornell Public Health

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research Interest

•    Disasters
•    Geospatial analysis
•    Data-based decision-making
•    Real-time data systems
•    Hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery
•    Climate resiliency
•    Social vulnerability


  • Ph.D. - California Institute of Technology, Geology, 2020
  • M.A. - Boston University, Earth Science, 2014
  • B.S. with High Honors - University of Michigan; Double major in Geological Science and Interdisciplinary Physics

Biography/Professional Experience

  • Cornell University
    -    Assistant Professor of Practice (2022-present)
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
    -    Division Chief (2021-2022)
    -    Science Fellow (2020-2021)


  1. Hayden, A.T., Lamb, M.P., Myrow, P., Mohrig, D.C., Williams, R.M.E., Cuevas Martínez, J.L., Cardenas, B.T., Findlay, C.P., Ewing, R.C., McElroy, B.J. The Oligocene-Miocene Guadalope-Matarranya Fan, Spain, as an Analog for Long-Lived, Ridge-Bearing Megafans on Mars. JGR: Planets, 126 (12): 2021.
  2. Hayden, A.T., Lamb, M.P., McElroy, B.J. Constraining the timespan of fluvial activity from the intermittency of sediment transport on Earth and Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 48 (16), 2021.
  3. Hayden, A.T., Lamb, M.P., Carney, A.J. Similar curvature-to-width ratios for channels and channel belts: Implications for paleo-hydraulics of fluvial ridges on Mars. Geology, 49 (7): 837–841.
  4. Dickson, J.L., Lamb, M.P., Williams, R.M.E., Hayden, A.T., and Fischer, W.W. The global distribution of depositional rivers on early Mars. Geology, 49 (5): 504-509. 2021.
  5. Hayden, A.T., Lamb, M.P. Sinuous ridges of the Morrison Formation, USA: meandering, scarp retreat, and implications for Mars. JGR: Planets, 125. 2020.
  6. Hayden, A.T., Lamb, M. P., Fischer, W. W., Ewing, R. C., McElroy, B.J., Williams, R. M. E. Formation of sinuous ridges by inversion of river-channel belts on Earth and Mars. Icarus, 332: 92-110. 2019.
  7. Marchant, D.R., Mackay, S.L., Lamp, J.L, Hayden, A.T., and Head, J.W. A review of geomorphic processes and landforms in the Dry Valleys of southern Victoria Land: implications for evaluating climate change and ice-sheet stability. Geological Society of London, 381. 2013.

Awards and Honors

  • 2020-21    California Council on Science and Technology Science Policy Fellowship
  • 2017-20    NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship
  • 2017    National Geographic Explorer
  • 2014-17    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 
  • 2013-14    Fulbright Fellowship to Finland
  • 2012-13    NSF Graduate STEM Fellowship in K-12 Education
  • 2012    Antarctica Service Medal