Amanda Schmidt

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Chair of Geosciences


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


I am broadly interested in the intersections of people and the environment, especially how people alter rates of erosion. Related to this interest, I explore how we quantify erosion and changing rates of erosion. Much of this work is done using a variety of geochemical techniques. My research takes place locally in Ohio, elsewhere in the US, and abroad, and is in collaboration with colleagues at a variety of other institutions.  

I teach a required class at the intermediate level: Earth Surface Processes, which explores the processes that shape the surface of Earth. I also teach topical and more general geoscience classes at the introductory level.

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

Spring 2024

Earth Science & Social Justice — GEOS 124
Senior Project — ACHS 300
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599F
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599H

Fall 2024

Senior Project — ACHS 300
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599F
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599H
Geoaesthetics: Art, Geosciences, and Earthly Matter — GEOS 920
The British-Irish Ice Sheet and the formation of modern British topography — GEOS 926


Amanda Schmidt Co-Authors Blog Post for the European Geophysical Union

January 27, 2022

Associate Professor of Geology Amanda Schmidt is coauthor of a blog post, "Living IN the Greenland ice sheet: The story of Sites I and II, Camp Century’s older, smaller siblings," on the European Geophysical Union website.

Amanda Schmidt Writes Op-Ed

July 27, 2020

Associate Professor of Geology Amanda Schmidt wrote an op-ed about the executive order to end the Fulbright program in Hong Kong and China for 


In the Path of Disaster

August 28, 2023

Monica Dix travels to a hub of natural calamity to probe its risks and resilience.

Educator in Death Valley National Park: Marcus Hill ’19

February 21, 2020

Geology graduate Marcus Hill is working alongside seasoned park rangers to run education programs for elementary school students. As one of the few geologists on staff, he’s discovering that visitors are excited to learn about rocks from someone who spent the last four years working with rocks.