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Fall 2023: European and Asian Adventure
Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science

Steve Anderson

University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Steven Anderson is a Professor of Geology and the Winchester Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). His research focuses on how active lava flow surfaces are influenced by volcanic behavior. Dr. Anderson has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, including two in Nature. He has studied active volcanoes in more than a dozen countries, and is funded by NASA to study lava flows on Mars and Venus. He has been interviewed by the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and the New York Times regarding his work on active volcanoes.

Dr. Anderson has received several awards as an educator, including the EPA’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Education. One of his greatest passions is teaching in field settings, and he has taught field courses for 7 different universities.

Dr. Anderson is a passionate fisherman, scuba diver, and an 8-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Steve and his wife Karen participated in the Spring 2015 voyage of Semester at Sea, and split time between their homes in the mountains outside of Steamboat Springs (Colorado) and on Cook Inlet (Alaska) where they can see 4 active volcanoes. Dr. Anderson has a B.S. degree from Cornell College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University, and Karen has a M.S. from UNC in Sports and Exercise Science and worked in cancer rehabilitation.