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Anne Chin, PhD


E-mail: Anne Chin
Office Location: NC 3522
Phone: 303-556-3958
Fax: 303-556-6197
Office hours: T 12:15-1:15 p.m., TH 9-10 a.m. and by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
physical geography, fluvial geomorphology, environmental science​​
Short CV
The Human Landscape Project ​​​​​

Education & Degrees

PhD, Arizona State University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles


Anne Chin is a fluvial geomorphologist with expertise on the dynamics, morphology and evolution of river systems. Her research focuses on the energetics of mountain, dryland, and urban rivers, particularly as they interact with human activities. Her work is interdisciplinary and includes linkages to ecological processes within river channels, with societal implications and applications for environmental management and policy. Dr. Chin joined the University of Colorado Denver in 2010, after serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University for 13 years. In 2006-2007, she was Director of the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation. She is also a Fellow (since 2009) of the Leopold Leadership Program of Stanford University, an Editor (since 2011) of Earth-Science Reviews, and Editor-In-Chief (since 2012) of Anthropocene. She serves on numerous scientific advisory panels and recently completed service on the Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes of the National Research Council. Dr. Chin’s awards include the G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the Distinguished Achievement Award and Scholar Award from Texas A&M. She is a member of the AAG, American Geophysical Union, and Geological Society of America.​​

Select Publications

Chin, A., Florsheim, J.L., Wohl, E., Collins, B.D., 2013. Feedbacks in human-landscape systems. Environmental Management, DOI: 10.1007/s00267-013-0031-y.

Chin, A., O’Dowd, A.H., Gregory, K.J. , 2013. Urbanization and river channels. In: Shroder, J.F. (Editor in Chief), Wohl, E. (Volume Editor), Treatise on Geomorphology, V.9, Fluvial Geomorphology, San Diego: Academic Press, p. 809-827.

Chin, A., Laurencio, L.R., Wohl, E., Daniels, M.D., Urban, M.A., Boyer, K.L., Butt, A., Piegay, H., Gregory, K.J., 2012. The significance of perceptions and feedbacks for effectively managing wood in rivers. River Research and Applications, DOI: 10.1002/rra.2617.

Chin, A., Gelwick, F., Laurencio, D.E., Laurencio, L.R, Byars, M.S., Scoggins, M., 2010. Linking geomorphological and ecological responses in restored urban pool-riffle streams. Ecological Restoration 28(4):460-474.

Chin, A., Purcell, A.H., Quan, J.W, Resh, V.H., 2009. Assessing geomorphological and ecological responses in restored step-pool systems. Geological Society of America Special Paper 451:197-214.

Chin, A., Anderson, S., Collison, A., Ellis-Sugai, B., Haltiner, J., Hogervorst, J., Kondolf, G.M., O'Hirok, L.S., Purcell, A.H., Riley, A.L., Wohl, E., 2009. Linking theory and practice for restoration of step-pool streams. Environmental Management 43(4):645-661.

Chin, A., Daniels, M.D., Urban, M.A., Piegay, H., Gregory, K.J., Bigler, W., Butt, A., Grable, J., Gregory, S.V., Lafrenz, M., Laurencio, L., Wohl, E., 2008. Perceptions of wood in rivers and challenges for stream restoration in the United States. Environmental Management 41: 893-903.

Chin, A. and Phillips, J.D., 2007. The self-organization of step-pools in mountain streams. Geomorphology 83:346-358.

Chin, A., 2006. Urban transformation of river landscapes in a global context. Geomorphology 79:460-487.

Chin, A., 2002. The periodic nature of step-pool mountain streams. American Journal of Science 302(2):144-167.​​​​​

Courses Taught

Introduction to Physical Geography
Environmental Hydrology
Fluvial Geomorphology
Earth Environments and Human Impacts