Ph.D. • Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Sciences
Campus Box 172
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom Building
Room 3522

Expertise Areas:
coupled human-landscape dynamics, fluvial processes, watershed management, interdisciplinary education, the "Anthropocene"

PhD, Geography (fluvial geomorphology), Arizona State University, 1994
BA, Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983

Anne Chin is a fluvial geomorphologist whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the interactions and feedbacks among geomorphological, ecological, and human processes. Her work on coupled human-landscape dynamics also concerns societal responses to landscape change, with 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 was also appointed (in 2009) a Fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program of Stanford University. Since 2012, following a term as Editor (2011-2013) of Earth Science Reviews, Dr. Chin has served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Anthropocene (Elsevier), an international and interdisciplinary journal focusing on advancing research on human interactions with Earth systems. Dr. Chin’s awards include the G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and Montague Scholar Award from Texas A&M. She is a member of the AAG, American Geophysical Union, and Geological Society of America (GSA). In 2016, Dr. Chin was elected a Fellow of GSA and currently serves as Past Chair of its Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division.​​

Chin, A., Florsheim, J.L., Wohl, E., Collins, B.D., 2014. Feedbacks in human-landscape systems. Environmental Management 53(1):28-41.

Harden, C.P., Chin, A., English, M.R., Fu, R., Galvin, K., Gerlak, A.K., McDowell, P.F., McNamara, D.E., Peterson, J.M., Poff, N.L., Rosa, E.A., Solecki, W., Wohl, E., 2014. Understanding human-landscape interactions in the “Anthropocene.” Environmental Management 53(1):4-13.

Chin, A., Laurencio, L.R., Wohl, E., Daniels, M.D., Urban, M.A., Boyer, K.L., Butt, A., Piegay, H., Gregory, K.J., 2014. The significance of perceptions and feedbacks for effectively managing wood in rivers.  River Research and Applications 30:98-111.

Florshiem, J.L., Chin, A., Gaffney, K., Slota, D., 2013.  Thresholds of stability in incised “Anthropocene” landscapes.  Anthropocene 2:27-41.

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.R., Wohl, E., 2008. Perceptions of wood in rivers and challenges for stream restoration in the United States. Environmental Management 41:893-903.

Chin, A., 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.

Introduction to Physical Geography
Environmental Hydrology
Fluvial Geomorphology
Earth Environments and Human Impacts
Synthesis for Interdisciplinary Science
Seminar in Environmental Science