Margaret M. Darrow

Margaret Darrow
  • Department Chair, Mining and Geological Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Ph.D., P.E., Geological Engineering
  • (907) 474-7303
  • Duckering 309

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Darrow's research interests include frozen ground engineering, frost heave, soil physics, and thermal modeling of embankments. She has worked with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and extensively with secondary school students to teach them about math and science.

Professor Darrow joined the Geological Engineering Program at the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering in 2008.

Additional information can be found on Dr. Darrow's research page.


  • GE 261 - General Geology for Engineers
  • GE 365 - Geological Materials Engineering
  • GE 375 - Principles of Engineering Geology and Terrain Analysis
  • GE 376 - GIS Applications in Geological and Environmental Engineering
  • GE 381/382 - Field Methods and Applied Design I and II
  • GE 430 - Geomechanical Instrumentation
  • GE 692 - Graduate Seminar
  • ES 209 - Statics


  • 2007 Ph.D., Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2002 B. S., Geological Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1997 Teachers for Alaska Certification Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1995 M. S., Geology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1993 B. S., Geology, University of Washington

Selected Publications

  • Darrow, M. M., Gyswyt, N. L., Simpson, J. M., Daanen, R. P., Hubbard, T. D. (2016). “Frozen debris lobe morphology and movement: an overview of eight dynamic features, southern Brooks Range, Alaska.” The Cryosphere, 10, 977-993, doi:10.5194/tc-10-977-2016.
  • Simpson, J. M., Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Daanen, R. P., Hubbard, T. D. “Investigating movement and characteristics of a frozen debris lobe, South-Central Brooks Range, Alaska.” Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, (in press).
  • Darrow, M. M., Bray, M. T., Huang, S. L. "Analysis of a deep-seated landslide in permafrost, Richardson Highway, South-Central Alaska." Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 18(1). (in print)
  • Darrow, M. M. (2011). "Thermal modeling of roadway embankments over permafrost." Cold Regions Science and Technology, 65, 474-487.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Akagawa, S. (2009). "Adsorbed cation effects on the frost susceptibility of natural soils." Cold Regions Science and Technology, 55, 263-277.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Shur, Y., Akagawa, S. (2008). "Improvements in frost heave laboratory testing of fine-grained soils." Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, 22(3), 65-78.
  • Darrow, M. M. (2009). "Active layer and frost bulb interaction for a full-scale, buried chilled gas pipeline." ASCE 14th Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, Duluth, Minnesota, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2009.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Akagawa, S., Iwahana, S. (2008). "Effect of adsorbed cations on unfrozen water in silty soil as determined using the NMR method." Proc., Permafrost: Ninth International Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 29 - July 3, 2008, 327-331.

Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2011
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2003 - 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Fellow 2003