Department Chair:
Dennis Hubbard

Administrative Assistant:
Pat Sturges

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8350
Fax: (440) 775-8038

52 W. Lorain St.
Carnegie Building, Rm. 403
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Amanda Schmidt

Amanda Schmidt

Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Carnegie Building 406
(440) 775-8342

Personal Web Site:

Amanda Schmidt

Amanda Schmidt

Photo Credit: Christina Appleby

Educational Background

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

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.