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Sam Anderson

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Sam Anderson

I am working with Professor Nicole Gasparini on a project which investigates how bedrock rock properties affect stream channel form in the Guadalupe Mountains of Southern New Mexico.  I use a variety of methods to quantify rock properties including but not limited to structure for motion, stream channel surveys, and DEM analysis.  I am also working on a project with Professor Brent Goehring which will validate the use of cosmogenic 14C to determine in situ erosion rates in carbonate lithology.  


My interest in the Geosciences stems from hiking, backpacking, and exploring my hometown Yosemite Valley.  I attended City College of San Francisco and the University of California at Santa Cruz where I graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Environmental Geology.  Since then I have taught mural art in Bucaramanga Colombia and 8th grade science in Istanbul, Turkey. While in Turkey, I also had the opportunity to assist at Mutfak, a center for Kurdish and Syrian refugees.  Aside from my professional interests, I enjoy playing chess, traveling on freight trains, working on mural projects, and my friend’s punk bands.