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Anderson, Suzanne Prestrud Professor

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  • I am a chemical geomorphologist: a person who studies the interaction of chemical processes and physical erosion processes on the Earth’s surface. My current focus is on how rock breaks down to be released into mobile regolith (or soil) through physical stresses and chemical alteration. The architecture of weathered rock and soil layers at the surface reflects the history of emplacement of the rock, tectonic movements, attack by biologic systems (roots and associated microorganisms), and climate-driven erosion processes. I study aspects of these processes: weathered rock strength, water flow paths, rates of mobile regolith formation, rock chemical alteration, solute fluxes. The goal is to develop models that describe interaction of erosion and weathering processes to form the architecture of the near-surface environments, also known as the critical zone.

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  • geomorphology, geochemistry, weathering, hydrology

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 1011 Environmental Systems: Landscapes and Water (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 4261 Glaciers and Permafrost (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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