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.
Anderson, RS, Anderson, SP, and Tucker, GE . (2013). Rock damage and regolith transport by frost: An example of climate modulation of critical zone geomorphology. . Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 38: 299-316.
Anderson, SP, Anderson, RS, and Tucker, GE . (2012). Landscape scale linkages in critical zone evolution. Comptes rendus- Geoscience 344: 586-596.
Hinckley, E.-L., Ebel, B.A., Barnes, R.T., Anderson, R.S., Williams, M.W., and Anderson, S.P. (2012). Aspect control of water movement on hillslopes near the rain-snow transition of the Colorado Front Range, U.S.A. Hydrological Processes.
Frederick, ZA, Anderson, SP, and Striegl, R. (2011). Annual estimates of water and solute export from 42 tributaries to the Yukon River. Hydrological Processes.
Riggins, SG, Anderson, RS, Anderson, SP, and Tye, AM. (2011). Solving a conundrum of a steady-state hillslope with variable soil depths and production rates, Bodmin Moor, UK. Geomorphology, 128: 73-84.
Publications updated May 2013
Labs & Facilities
The Mountain Research Station (MRS), directed by Bill Bowman, is an interdisciplinary research facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, devoted to advancement...
The National Science Foundation has funded Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory (criticalzone.org/boulder) for another five years (2013-2018). The project brings together a team of 14 faculty, 5 graduate students, and 4 staff members to study the evolution and function of the critical zone --- the Earth’s surface--- in our local landscape. The project monitors stream flow, soil moisture, water table, snow depth, water chemistry and weather in three catchments within Boulder Creek watershed. Current research foci include hydrogeology, ecohydrology, landscape evolution, snow hydrology, hydrochemistry, biogeomorphology, and impacts of fire. With help from a RAPID grant, we are examining landsliding and channel change resulting from an extreme rain storm in September 2013.
"What's New" updated May 2014