University of Colorado at Boulder

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Suzanne Anderson

Geomorphology; Weathering; Hydrology; Glaciology

Professor of Geography 

Physical Geography
Fellow of INSTAAR
Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences
303-492-7071 SEEC S209 (Primary ofc)  |  GUGG 1 (Secondary ofc)  
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1995

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.

Selected Publications

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. doi:10.1002/esp.3330

Anderson, SP, Anderson, RS, and Tucker, GE . (2012). Landscape scale linkages in critical zone evolution. Comptes rendus- Geoscience 344: 586-596. doi:10.1016/j.crte.2012.10.008

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. doi:10.1002/hyp.9549

Frederick, ZA, Anderson, SP, and Striegl, R. (2011). Annual estimates of water and solute export from 42 tributaries to the Yukon River. Hydrological Processes. 10.1002/hyp.8255

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

CU Mountain Research Station

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...

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2017  GEOG 1011 (4) Env Systems 2 - Landscapes and Water

Spring 2017  GEOG 4261 (3) Glaciers and Permafrost

Fall 2016  GEOG 4241 (4) Principles of Geomorphology

Spring 2016  GEOG 4261 (3) Glaciers and Permafrost

Graduate Students

Geomorphology; hydrology
Hydrology, Biogeochemistry
Small-scale hydrologic systems; water chemistry
M.A. Alumni
Subsurface Evolution: Characterizing the physical and geochemical changes in weathered bedrock of Lower Gordon Gulch, Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory
Ph.D. Alumni
The production and evolution of mobile regolith: Modeled soil production and measured chemical weathering