Robert S. Anderson

Robert S. Anderson CV

Distinguished Professor

  • Chair, Geological Sciences

Departments / Academic Programs


  • PhD: University of Washington, 1986
  • MS: Stanford, 1977
  • BS: Williams College, 1974

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-8169
(Fax) 303 492-6388
University of Colorado
Campus Box 450
Boulder CO 80309-0450

Sustainability, Energy, & Environment Complex (SEEC)
Room S210
(Home) 720 565-0468
1000 Oakdale Place
Boulder, CO 80304



Research Interests

Mechanics and timing of landscape evolution: modeling of landform evolution; glaciology; Arctic and alpine landscape evolution; coastal evolution.

My academic interests focus on the processes that drive landscape evolution, studied through monitoring of modern systems, numerical modeling of these systems constrained by modern rates, and establishment of a chronology that constrains the longer term pace of landscape evolution. While recent research has focused on alpine landscapes, and the glaciers and rivers that carve them, I remain interested in all landscapes, the processes that drive them, and the natural patterns that emerge.

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  • Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado, 2015
  • Hazel Barnes Prize, CU-Boulder, 2014
  • Fellow, AGU, 2006
  • Gladys Cole Award, GSA, 1995
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF, 1991
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