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Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science

Steve Anderson

University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Anderson is a Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, and the Winchester Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). His research focuses on the surfaces of active and older lava flows and how they are influenced by the behavior of a volcano. Dr. Anderson has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, including two in Nature, and he has received several NSF grants to support his research. He has studied active volcanoes in more than a dozen countries, and is supported by NASA to study lava flows on Mars and Venus. Dr. Anderson has received several awards as an educator, including the EPA’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Education. One of Dr. Anderson’s greatest passions is teaching in field settings, and he has taught field courses for Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Pittsburgh, Black Hills State University in South Dakota, and UNC. Dr. Anderson has a B.S. degree from Cornell College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University.