Dr. Wesley Wallace in front of map

Wesley Wallace

Sidney Wallace established the Wesley K. Wallace Field Studies grant in memory of his son, Wesley.

Dr. Wesley K. Wallace was a professor emeritus of geology who served on the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty from 1985 to 2015. Dr. Wallace made extensive contributions to the scientific knowledge of the geologic evolution of Alaska. The endowment is being established by relatives and friends of Dr. Wallace to honor his memory and to assist students studying structural geology or tectonics of Alaska.

Wes joined the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1985 and began using his impressive geologic mapping skills and keen geologic insight to unravel the tectonic history of this vast state. Early in his career at UAF, Wes spearheaded an effort to understand the geologic evolution of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). His work still remains as one of the most detailed sources of published geologic information available on this critical area.

During his thirty years at UAF, Wes managed to visit and study much of Alaska and adjacent areas of Russia and Canada. This experience enabled him to develop a modern, overarching perspective on the tectonic evolution of the entire state. He shared this knowledge and perspective with the broader geologic community of Alaska, not just UAF, providing a valuable resource to both new and established geologists.

Above all, Wes was recognized as a world-class field geologist. His keen geologic eye, detailed field notes and extraordinary field photographs are legendary. He was a gifted teacher, training dozens of talented graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Many of these students remain here in Alaska, sharing Wes’s love of Alaska and his passion for field geology. Wes’s students are his true professional legacy.


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