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.

Fall 2022

Ind Study in Geology-Full — GEOS 199F
Ind Study in Geology-Half — GEOS 199H
Earth Surface Processes — GEOS 212
Senior Project — ACHS 300

Spring 2023

Earth's Environments — GEOS 120
Ind Study in Geology-Full — GEOS 199F
Ind Study in Geology-Half — GEOS 199H
Senior Project — ACHS 300
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599F
Geosciences Practicum — GEOS 599H


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 


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.

In Cuba, Cleaner Rivers Follow Greener Farming

January 30, 2020

First joint Cuba-U.S. geology team in half a century discovers Cuban fertilizer pollution far lower than the Mississippi River—a model for global agriculture. Associate Professor of Geology Amanda Schmidt was a member of the team of scientists who studied the impact of contemporary agriculture on the water quality in Cuba’s rivers.