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 was led to ecological science by a fascination with the incredible diversity of ecosystems that comprise our planet. She witnessed firsthand in Asia, Africa, South America, and in Western North America, the impact of human land use practices and the challenges of sustainable development. In particular, she saw the impact and issues on decision making, risk assessment, and policy that arise from a view of ecological dynamics that is restricted to historical time scales. Her research interests center on understanding ecosystem change on millennial to decadal time scales, and in making that understanding useful and available to managers, planners, and other stakeholders in order to help facilitate sustainable land use practices.
Education and Certifications
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