Lysanna Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson is a Research Geologist with Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center in Menlo Park, CA. She received her degrees in Geology and Geography from University of Colorado and University of Texas. She has devoted her career to studying the dynamics of ecosystems and their response to climactic forcing, as well as human impact.


Dr. Anderson's areas of interest include vegetation change in response to climate and human impact, as well as development and refinement of quantitative methods used in analysis of paleoecological data and age modeling. She was lead to ecological science by the incredible diversity of ecosystems that comprise our planet, witnessed through extensive travels to Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. After completing her degrees, she left science for a decade and lived and worked on her cattle ranch in the rural montane west, gaining a new and deeper understanding of the nature and processes of human impact on the landscape and the significance of the difference between human timescales and rates of ecosystem change. Returning to full time research science, Dr. Anderson brings a renewed interest in understanding ecosystem change and in making that understanding useful and available to managers, planners, and other stakeholders in order to help facilitate sustainable land use practices.



  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1998
  • M.A., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1991
  • B.A., Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1988