Suzanne Anderson photo portrait
Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Geomorphology; Weathering; Hydrology; Glaciology • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Physical Geography

Research Interests

Her research explores the interaction of physical and chemical processes that shape landscapes and drive geochemical cycles. She has particular interests in glacial erosion and geochemistry, and has worked on ice dynamics, hydrology and geochemical processes of several Alaskan glaciers. She currently heads the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, one of three National Science Foundation-funded environmental observatories dedicated to interdisciplinary study of the Critical Zone, the life-sustaining interface at the Earth's surface where rock meets air and water.


Recent Courses Taught

Spring 2017  GEOG 1011 Env Systems 2 - Landscapes and Water
Spring 2017  GEOG 4261 Glaciers and Permafrost
Fall 2016  GEOG 4241 Principles of Geomorphology
Spring 2016  GEOG 4261 Glaciers and Permafrost


Recent Publications

Von Voigtlander, J, Clark, MK, Zekkos, D, Greenwood, W, Anderson, SP, Anderson, RS, and Godt, J (2018): Strong variation in weathering of layered rock maintains hillslope-scale strength under high precipitation. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4290.

Aguirre, A, Derry, LA, Mills, TJ, and Anderson, SP (2017): Colloidal transport in the Gordon Gulch catchment of the Boulder Creek CZO and its effect on C-Q relationships for silicon. Water Resour. Res., doi: 10.1002/2016WR019730.

Hinckley, ES, Ebel, BA, Barnes, RT, Murphy, SF, and Anderson, SP (2017): Critical zone properties control the fate of nitrogen during experimental rainfall in montane forests of the Colorado Front Range. Biogeochemistry 132 (1): 213-231, doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0299-8.

Mills, TJ, Anderson, SP, Bern, C, Aguirre, A, and Derry, LA (2017): Colloid mobilization and seasonal variability in a semi-arid, headwater stream. J Environ. Qual. 46 (1): 88-95, doi:10.2134/jeq2016.07.0268.

Langston, A, Tucker, GE, Anderson, RS, and Anderson, SP (2015): Evidence for climatic and hillslope-aspect controls on vadose zone hydrology and implications for saprolite weathering, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 40:1254-1269, doi:10.1002/esp.3718.

Updated March 2018