The University of Maine is holding a memorial this week for a professor who plunged into a 100-foot crevasse in Antarctica while conducting climate research for the National Science Foundation.

The private service is being held on Thursday at the Buchanan Alumni House.

A fund in Gordon Hamilton's name has been established in the University of Maine Foundation, and a video tribute will be released later.

Hamilton, who came to the University of Maine in 2000, spent much of his time in Greenland and Antarctica studying the movement and melting of glaciers and how that contributes to rising sea levels.

He died on Oct. 22 when he and his snowmobile went into a deep crevasse, or fissure, in the ice. He was 50.