Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson, Ph.D.

Director of Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute (MAST)
Professor of Geology

Ph.D. in Geology, Arizona State University
M.S. in Geology, Arizona State University
B.S. in Geology, Cornell College
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Dr. Anderson is the new Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute and the Winchester Distinguished Faculty in Science Education, as well as a tenured professor in Earth Sciences. Dr. Anderson conducts research on active lava flows on Earth, and older lava flows on Mars and Venus. He is currently funded by the NASA Mars Fundamental Research program to look at the surfaces of lava flows on Mars and interpret the types of volcanic eruptions responsible for their formation. He has published nearly 20 papers on volcanic processes, including 2 in Nature, and has received grants from numerous funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and NASA. He has worked on active volcanoes all over the world, including Indonesia, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, and Italy.

He also has an active research program in geoscience education, and he has published a number of papers on the relationships between teaching and learning in college Earth Science courses. His work is funded by the National Science Foundation, and he is one of the co-authors of the Geoscience Concept Inventory, the most widely used concept test in the Earth Sciences. In 1994, he received the EPA Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Education.

Dr. Anderson arrives from Black Hills State University in South Dakota, where he spent 15 years as a Professor of Geology and Planetary Science. As the only geologist on the faculty at BHSU, he built a successful geology program from scratch that resulted in the graduation of nearly 20 students that went on to graduate school in the Earth Sciences.

In addition to his position at Black Hills State, he has held faculty positions at Arizona State, the University of Arizona, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an Associate Research Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Anderson is a dedicated endurance athlete who has three Boston Marathon and six Ironman triathlon finishes, and has finished in the top 5% of both races. He is married and has a son and a daughter.

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