Dr. Brannon Andersen came to Furman in 1994 after completing his Ph.D.
at Syracuse University, where he also was a senior geochemist studying
leachate mitigation as part of the closure of the Freshkills Landfill on
Staten Island, NY. He is trained in geology, but has morphed into an
environmental scientist with a focus on biogeochemistry and
sustainability science. Dr. Andersen believes in the transformative
impact of undergraduate research experiences, and has co-authored over
110 abstracts with undergraduate students that were presented at
regional and national professional meetings. He has also published over
28 journal articles/book chapters and has been awarded over $2 million
in external grants.
Dr. Andersen is chair of the department (2009-2014, 2016 - present), was named the Henry and Ellen Townes Professor of Earth and
Environmental Sciences (1998-2000), the Association of Furman Students
Faculty Member of the Year (2003-2004), a South Carolina Independent
Universities and Colleges Teacher of Excellence (2008), and the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor
(2010). Dr. Andersen is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of the
Environment at Clemson University, associate editor of the journal
Environmental Geosciences, and an Academic Council Member of the Institute of Political Ecology in Zagreb, Croatia. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Andersen was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zadar in Zadar, Croatia.