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  • Assistant Professor of Geology
  • Chair of Archaeological Studies


  • BSE, Princeton University, 2002
  • PhD, University of Washington, 2010


I am broadly interested in tectonic geomorphology (the relationship between long-term rates of uplift, erosion, and climate) as well as more modern and anthropogenic topics. Specifically, I have projects that look at how the landscape shapes decisions people make about land use and how people alter the environments that they live in. 

At the moment I teach three classes a year: Earth Surface Processes (GEOL212), a required class for geology majors that looks at how the surface of Earth is being shaped by natural and anthropogenic processes; Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS; GEOL235), a class about collecting, analyzing, and displaying spatial data to answer questions; and, Soils and Society (GEOL152), a non-majors class about soil, hillslope processes, and how people alter those systems. I will also be working with Lucy Gelb to offer a winter term GIS course this year.

Please check out my website for more information on classes and research.


The Role of Fallout Radionuclides in River Erosion

August 31, 2015
Like many of his peers in the sciences, fifth-year double-degree student Adrian Singleton is no stranger to summer research. Singleton, who has worked with Geology Assistant Professor Amanda Schmidt for three years, is seen here examining containers of quartz, river sediment, and sheet silicate minerals as part of a broader honors project he began last semester. Click “Read more and comment” to learn more about Singleton’s research with Schmidt.