Jennifer Anderson


Winona State University

Jennifer Anderson is a Professor of Geoscience at Winona State University in southeastern Minnesota.  She is a planetary geologist who specializes in experimental impact cratering and came from a broad scientific background including geophysics, astrophysics, and physics.  She teaches Astronomy, Earth Systems, Minerals & Rocks, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, Structural Geology, and other courses.  She is very passionate about science education, advises the Earth Science teaching major and Middle-Level Science minor at WSU, and teaches in the two-semester, interdisciplinary, "Investigative Science" content course sequence for elementary education majors.  She is active in outreach, operating WSU's Observatory for public nights, running dark sky events at nearby State Parks, and giving talks about her research and astronomy & planetary science events in our solar system and universe.  She has been on the leader team for the Early Career Workshop since 2018 and on its convener team since 2023.  

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (3)

Comparative Planetary Geomorphology part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
This is a laboratory exercise to introduce comparative planetary geomorphology by investigating common geologic features on the Earth, Moon, and Mars. -

Water Quality Testing in your Local Water Cycle part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Students analyze local water chemistry by identifying and collecting local water samples, deciding upon questions they want to answer about their local water sources, and then performing simple water quality tests on their samples.

The "What is Science?" Box part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
A group of 3-4 students are presented with a box that has writing on the five visible sides and asked to determine what is on the bottom of the box. In solving this problem, students are using the same techniques that scientists use to learn about nature.

Courses (2)

Investigative Science I and III part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This is a two-semester sequence that covers science content for elementary education majors(preK-8). Investigative Science I: "Physical Science in your Environment" covers Nature of Science, Physics, and ...

Winona State University: Earth - The Water Planet part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This interdisciplinary course is the first of two science content courses specifically designed for elementary education majors (K-5). It is team-taught by two science faculty from Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry, ...

Essay (1)

My personal journey into the methods of geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
My personal journey into the methods of geoscience Jennifer L. B. Anderson, Geoscience, Winona State University It has been so interesting to plan for this workshop because over the last year I've really ...