Sarah Schanz

Fluvial geomorphologist


I study how rivers react to and shape the landscape around us, via sediment supply, tectonics, climate, humans, rock type, and much more!


I recently started as an Assistant Professor at Colorado College, and am always looking for interesting projects near the Rockies! Feel free to contact me with ideas and collaborations. 

News & updates:

September, 2019: GSA in Phoenix! Student Kendall Gibson will be presenting a poster of her work on channel head initiation at different scales and settings. I'll be presenting in the same session on the preservation of glacial features in fluvial valleys, work that is co-authored with Dr. Brian Yanites at Indiana University. 

July, 2019: I've officially started at Colorado College (go Tigers!) and am now a Coloradan!


April, 2019: Congratulations to Kendall Gibson, who was recognized for her undergraduate research and scholarship at the 2019 Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department Award Ceremony! Kendall has been working with me on the problem of channel initiation and scale at Indiana University. 


April, 2019: Our study on anthropogenic strath terrace formation is now published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! We investigated how the loss of log jams has increased sediment movement through the Teanaway River, leading to bedrock incision. Check it out here:

January, 2019: I'm excited to announce that I'll be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department at Colorado College in Fall 2019! Excited for this next step, and to explore my new home base of Colorado =)

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