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Curriculum Vitae

Sarah Andrews: Geologist, Author, Teacher

Education
Licenses & Certifications
Professional Experience
Teaching Experience
Awards & Honors:
Publications
Selected interviews & articles about Sarah Andrews
Representative invited lectures

Education:
Education: B.A., Geology, Colorado College, 1973
M.S., Earth Resources, Colorado State University, 1981
OSHA 40-hour and Supervisory hazardous materials training

Licenses and Certifications:
California Professional Geologist 5150
Private Pilot (Single-Engine Land)

Professional Experience:
1993: Task manager, Jacobs Engineering Group, Martinez, California.
Managed groundwater contamination characterization, groundwater sampling, and integration of soils and groundwater studies for Basewide Cleanup, Castle Air Force Base CERCLA (Superfund) site.

1989-1992: Project geologist, Trans Tech Consultants, Santa Rosa, California. Field investigations for characterization of contaminated soils and groundwater.

1983-1986: Senior petroleum geologist, ANGUS Petroleum Corporation, Denver, Colorado. Geologist in charge of field studies for secondary and tertiary hydrocarbon recovery.

1980-1983: Petroleum geologist, Amoco Production Company, Denver, Colorado.

1979-1980: Research assistant, Department of Earth Resources, Colorado State University.

1974-1980: Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado. Field and laboratory studies of modern sedimentation and correlative ancient stratigraphy; remote sensing.

Teaching Experience:
1986-present: Writing the Em Hansen forensic geology mysteries
. Topics researched and written into a form comprehensible to lay readers include: oil and gas exploration and production, environmental cleanup, paleontology, science and religion, mining, seismicity, geology and public policy, the impact of African dust on coral reefs and human health, the geology and toxicity of artists’ pigments, the mining of groundwater, and Antarctic research into global warming. Projects currently under research and development include volcanology, the Grand Canyon, and nuclear waste containment.

1975-present: Volunteer lecturer at primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, geological societies, National Parks, and professional service organizations. Topics presented include geology, earth science, mystery writing, communicating science to public audiences, and the controversy between science and religion.

1997-2003: Lecturer, Department of Geology, Sonoma State University, Rhonert Park, California.

1983, 1984: Creator, director and instructor, Society of Economic Paleontologist and Mineralogists field course: “Modern and ancient eolian depositional systems: identification, prediction, and hydrocarbon exploitation.”

Awards and Honors:
2009: Colorado College Louis T. Benezet Award “recognizing outstanding achievement in one’s chosen field, excellence through unusual success, contribution, innovation or research that has advanced a profession or a cause, and extraordinary contributions and achievements that have improved peoples’ lives and that exemplify the values of a liberal arts education.”

2007: Fellow, Geological Society of America

2006:  Antarctic Service Medal

2005: National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grantee W-218-M

2003: Association of Engineering Geologists Special Award.

2001: National Association of Geoscience Teachers James T. Shea Award, “for exceptional contributions in the form of writing and or editing earth science materials that are of interest to the general public.”

1999: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Journalism Award, “for notable journalistic achievements in communications contributing to public understanding of geology.”

1997: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Journalism Award, “for her creative talents and successful marriage of the vocations of geologist and mystery novelist.”

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Publications:
Forensic geology novels:
Andrews, S., 1994, Tensleep, Otto Penzler Books, New York, 280 pp. 1995, softcover edition, Signet, New York. as Olfeldkomplott (German translation), Piper, Munich, 348 pages.

Andrews, S., 1995, A Fall in Denver, Scribner, New York, 286 pages. Doubleday Mystery Guild Selection. 1996, softcover edition, Signet, New York. Ein Schlechter Tausch (German translation), Piper, Munich, 360 pages.

Andrews, S., 1997, Mother Nature, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 342 pages. Doubleday Mystery Guild Selection. 1998, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York.

Andrews, S., 1998, Only Flesh and Bones, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 321 pages. 1999, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York. Japanese translation, Hayakawa, Tokyo.

Andrews, S., 1999, Bone Hunter, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 340 pages. 2000, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York. Japanese translation, Hiyakawa, Tokyo.

Andrews, S., 2000, An Eye for Gold, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 387 pages. 2001, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York. Hungarian translation by Pésci Direkt Publisher.

Andrews, S., 2002, Fault Line, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 307 pages. 2003, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York.

Andrews, S., 2003, Killer Dust, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 310 pages. 2004, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York

Andrews, S., 2004, Earth Colors, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 289 pages. 2005, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York.

Andrews, S., 2005, Dead Dry, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 320 pages. 2006, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York.

Andrews, S., 2007, In Cold Pursuit, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 336 pages. Book club edition, 2007. 2008, softcover edition, St. Martin’s Dead Letter, New York.

Andrews, S., 2012, Rock Bottom, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York. e-book edition, 2012.

Forensic geology short stories:
Andrews, S., 1994, “Uncle Skinny and the Sireen of Yellowstone,” in The Armchair Detective, vol. 27, no. 2, p. 158-162.

Andrews, S., 1999, “Maddies Hochzeitstorte (Maddie’s Wedding Cake)”, in A. Busch, ed., 1999, Mordzwischen Messer und Gabel (Murder Between Fork and Knife), Gerstenberg Verlag, Munich, p. 212-225. Additional foreign language editions in preparation.

Other short fiction:
Andrews, S., 1992, “Invitation,” in R. J. Randisi and M. Wallace, eds., Deadly Allies, Doubleday, New York, p. 137-154; also Japanese translation.

Andrews, S., 1999, “Cowgirl’s Quesadillas,” in J. Grosman and R. Weibezahl, eds., A Taste of Murder, Dell, New York, p. 69.

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Journalism:
Andrews, S., 1993, ‘In a ‘man’s’ profession,’ in Colorado College Alumni Magazine, p. 21-24, reprinted in Women in Natural Resources, v. 15, no. 2, p. 22-24.

Andrews, S., 1994, “The collectible Hammett,” in J. Quigley, ed., Mystery Week Magazine, p. 10-11.

Andrews, S., 1995, “Mary Bowen Hall: defaulting to optimism,” in D. Ford, ed., Left Coast Crime V, p. 61-62.

Andrews, S., 2002a, “Beyond Mickey: Florida rich in science and nature,”Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Section D Life & Travel, June 2, 2002.

Andrews, S., 2002b, Book review, Geotimes.

Andrews, S., 2006, “Pie on ice: learning to cook on an Antarctic glacier” in M. A. Jordan and S. Brady, eds., The World is a Kitchen: Cooking Your Way through Culture, Travelers’ Tales, Palo Alto, California., p. 242-246.

Technical journalism:
Andrews, S., 1985, “On clarity of thought: Edwin D. McKee and the science”, Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, vol. 55, no. 5, p. 774-776.

Andrews, S., 2000,” Why study geology?” Geotimes, vol. 45, no. 4, p. 13, 35.

Andrews, S., 2001, “On getting respect”, Rocky Mtn. Assoc. Geol. Outcrop, vol. 50, no. 9, p.1.

Andrews, S., 2002,” Spatial thinking with a difference: an unorthodox treatise on the mind of the geologist, part 1: definition of terms”, Assoc. Engineering Geol. AEG News, vol. 45, no. 4. Reprinted in Assoc. for Women Geosci. Gaia.

Andrews, S., 2003, “Spatial thinking with a difference: an unorthodox treatise on the mind of the geologist, part 2: the education of the spatial thinker: alienation and mentorship”, Assoc. Engineering Geol. AEG News, vol. 46, no. 1. Reprinted in Assoc. for Women Geosci. Gaia.

Andrews, S., 2003, “Spatial thinking with a difference: an unorthodox treatise on the mind of the geologist, part 3: the spatial thinker in the workplace,” Assoc. Engineering Geol. AEG News, vol. 46, no. 2. Reprinted in Assoc. for Women Geosci. Gaia.

Andrews, S., 2003, “Spatial thinking with a difference: an unorthodox treatise on the mind of the geologist, part 4: thinking spatially into the future: a forward mission statement, or, having a career that’s bigger than the job”, Assoc. Engineering Geol. AEG News, vol. 46, no. 3. Reprinted in Assoc. for Women Geosci. Gaia, vol. 27, no. 4, Jul-Aug, 2004.

Andrews, S., 2004, “What women bring to geology”, Assoc. for Women Geoscientists Gaia, vol. 27, no. 5, Sep-Oct, 2004.

Andrews, S., 2005, “Science in mainstream media”, Geotimes, vol. 50, no. 1, p. 7.

Andrews, S., 2005, “Fiction meets fact: a visit to the FBI lab”, Geotimes, vol. 50, no. 1, p. 21-22.

Technical publications:
Andrews, S., 1981a, “Sedimentology of Great Sand Dunes, Colorado,” in Ethridge, F.G., and R.M. Flores, Recent and ancient non-marine deposition environments, models for exploration. Soc. Econ. Petrologists and Mineralogists Spec. Pub. No. 31, p. 279-291.

Andrews, S., 1981b, Physical modeling of controls on primary uranium ore distribution in alluvial fans, Unpub. M.S. Thesis, Colorado State Univ., 83 pages.

Andrews, S. and L. Higgins, 1984, “Effects of depositional facies on hydrocarbon production, Tensleep Sandstone, Big Horn Basin, Wyoming” in Wyoming Geol. Assoc. Guidebook, p. 183-198.

Andrews, S., S. G. Fryberger, and L. F. Krystinik, 1984, “Modern and ancient eolian depositional systems: identification, prediction, and hydrocarbon exploitation”, Guidebook for Soc. Econ. Petrologists and Mineralogists Field Seminar, unpaginated.

Andrews, S., and F. G. Ethridge, 1979, Physical modeling of controls on primary uranium ore deposition: Westwater Canyon Member, Morrison Formation, Grants Mineral Belt, New Mexico, Interim Rpt., Grant #14-08-001-G-429, Colorado State University, 22 pages.

Ahlbrandt, T. S. and S. Andrews, 1977, Preliminary geologic studies of cold climate dunes, North Park, Colorado: USGS Open-File Report 77-45.

Ahlbrandt, T. S. and S. Andrews, 1978, “Distinctive sedimentary features of cold climate dunes, North Park, Jackson County, Colorado,” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology, 25 (1978): p. 327-358.

Ahlbrandt, T. S., S. Andrews and D. T. Gwynne, 1978, “Bioturbation in eolian deposits,” Jour. Sedimentary Petrol., 48:3, p. 839-848.

Breed, C. S., S. G. Pryberger, S. Andrews, C. K. McCauley, F. E. Lenartz, D. Gebel and K.Horstmen, 1979, “Regional studies of sand seas using landsat images”, in McKee, ed., Studies of global sand seas: USGS Professional Paper No. 1052, p. 305-421.

Ethridge, F. G., D. K. Sunada, N. Tyler and S. Andrews, 1982, Field, model, and computer simulation of some aspects of the origin and distribution of Colorado Plateau-type uranium deposits, USGS Open-File Report No. 82-589, 49 pages.

Fryberger, S. G., T. S. Ahlbrandt, and S. Andrews, 1979, “Origin, sedimentary features, and significance of low-angle eolian “sand sheet” deposits: Jour. Sedimentary Petrol., 49:3, p. 733-746.

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Technical abstracts:
Andrews, S., 1978a, Sedimentary structures and evolution of Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, Colorado, Soc. of Econ. Paleontol. and Mineral., Denver, Colorado.

Andrews, S., 1978b, Geometry and dynamics of Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, Colorado: Geol. Soc. Amer. Rocky Mountain Section, Provo, Utah.

Andrews, S., 1980, Sedimentology and stratigraphy of Great Sand Dunes, Colorado: Soc. Econ. Paleontol, and Mineral. Research Conference, Merrimac, Wisconsin.

Andrews, S., 1997, The geologist as detective: a view of our profession: Geol. Soc. Amer. New England Section Meeting, Maine.

Andrews, S., 2000a, Truth is stranger than fiction: ethics and the Em Hansen forensic geology mysteries: Geol. Soc. Amer. Annual Meeting, Reno Nevada.

Andrews, S., 2000b, A few hundred uses for a degree in the geosciences: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Andrews, S., 2001, The geologist as observer: some observations about geology, geologists, and the teaching of earth science: Geol. Soc. Amer. Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

Andrews, S. 2003, Teaching geology through the narrative voice: Geol. Soc. Amer. Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Andrews, S., 2005, In Cold Pursuit: the Devious Design of NSF Grantee W-218-M: 12th Annual West Antarctic Ice Sheet Workshop, Sterling, Virginia.

Andrews, S., 2007a,”Sherlock Holmes goes to Antarctica,” keynote address, Session on Forensic Geology, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

Andrews, S., 2007b, “Geologic agents as poisons: what’s obvious to a geologist may be news to everyone else,” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

Andrews S., T. Bostedt, and L. Higgins, 1985, Sedimentary controls on hydrocarbon production, Tensleep Formation, Big Horn and Wind River Basins, Wyoming: Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

Andrews, S., F. G. Ethridge and D. K. Sunada, 1982, Physical modeling of controls on primary uranium ore deposition in alluvial fans; Internat. Assoc. Sedimentol., llth International Congress on Sedimentology, Hamilton, Ontario.

Selected technical reports:
Andrews, S., 1981, Amoco Eolian Field Seminar Guidebook, unpaginated.

Andrews, S., 1982a, Little Buffalo Basin Tensleep stratigraphic model for enhanced oil recovery pilot: Amoco Geologic Report NO-10-81.

Andrews, S., 1982b, Amoco Eolian Field Seminar, Vol. 1, Guidebook; revised ed., Vol. 2, References.

Andrews, S., 1982c, Elk Basin Tensleep Stratigraphic zonation, Carbon County, Montana and Park County, Wyoming: Amoco Geologic Report No. NO-20-82.

Andrews, S., 1982d, Beaver Creek Unit Tensleep Reservoir geologic controls on production: Amoco Geologic Report No. NO-09-82.

Andrews, S., 1993, Work Plan for Basewide Cleanup, Castle Air Force Base Superfund Site, Merced, California (writing as Sarah Brown).

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Selected interviews and articles about Sarah Andrews:
Clegg, E., et al, 1998, Chapter 3, in Claiming your creative self, New Harbinger, Oakland, p. 51-70.

Eide, Brock L. and Fernette, The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential in the Dyslexic Brain, Chapter 20, Hudson Street Press.

Featured biography, Totally Amazing Careers in Earth Sciences, Sally Ride Science booklets for girls.

Friedman, Barry, “Fiction through a geologist’s eyes,” in Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Explorer, June, 2005.

Major, M., “Geologist takes novel approach,” in Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Explorer, July, 1996.

Profazier, S.,”Profile: plotting the perfect crime (novel),” in Antarctic Sun, November 27, 2005, p.12.

Raskin, Jonah, “Andrew’s’ hows, whys of whodunits,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, August 27, 2000.

Radio interviews include National Public Radio affiliates KQED (San Francisco; Forum with Michael Krasny), KUER (Salt Lake City) and KCFR (Rhonert Park, California; Mouthful with Michele Anna Jordan).

Representative invited lectures:
Lecturer in schools- ongoing:
Frequent speaker to students in kindergarten through college.

Topics include slide presentations of current research for books (see under Teaching Experience, above), philosophy of science, earth resources, science as a career and adventure.

Professional, adult education, and other audiences:

2014

“A Grand Life: The Story Eddie McKee, Grand Canyon Chief Naturalist 1929-1940 and Legendary Geologist,” Western Region Colloquium, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.

2013

“Edwin D. McKee: a life in stratigraphy writ grand,” Pardee Symposium, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

2012

“A Grand Life: Edwin D. McKee and the Grand Canyon,” Keynote Grand Canyon National Park Earth Science Week presentation.

2011

University of Wyoming Libraries Annual Book and Author Fundraiser Luncheon Speaker.

2010

Dinner Speaker, University of South Florida Geology Alumni Annual Banquet.

2009

“Antarctica: what the continent teaches us about climate change, and how scientists (and one mystery writer) learn it,” Mendocino Community College Earth Day Keynote Address.

“Telling lies with the truth, and telling the truth with fiction,” dinner speaker, Desk and Derrick Club Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

2008
“Down the Colorado in Search of a Story,” Friends of the Library, Sonoma County Public Library, Sebastopol Branch.

2007
“4D thinking: an intellectual playground,” Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

“In pursuit of In Cold Pursuit” special exhibit hall event, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

2006
Keynote address,”Geology goes to court: what the modern geologist brings to detection in fact and fiction,” session on forensic geology, Northeast Section Geological Society of America, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Banquet speaker, “In cold pursuit: Sherlock Holmes goes to Antarctica,” Northeast Section Geological Society of America, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“Communicating science to religious leaders” American Geological Institute Leadership Forum, Washington, D.C.

“Sherlock Holmes goes to Antarctica” Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

2005
Keynote speaker, Colorado State Science Fair, Fort Collins, Colorado.

“In cold pursuit: the devious design of W-218”, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

2004
“Colors from the earth: the forensic geology of artists’ pigments,” U.S. Geological Survey Public Lecture Series, Menlo Park, California.

“Geology as a consumer science,” Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

“Science writing for the non-technical reader,” National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Banquet speaker, “Murder, science, and public policy,” Annual Meeting of the Arizona Hydrological Association, Tucson, Arizona.

“Geology and the media,” Hot Topics panelist, Geological Society of America Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado.

“Teaching science through storytelling” Colorado Science Convention, Denver, Colorado.

2003
Workshop on writing for the earth sciences, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Middletown, Pennsylvania.

“Putting a price on the blue marble: a valuation of our planet,” Fifth Annual Lovell Lecture, James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

“If dinosaurs could talk: acts of God in the geologic record”, Grace Connection Seventh Day Adventist Church, Chico, California.

Keynote address, “What women bring to geology,” Association for Women Geoscientists annual convention, Seattle, Washington.

2002
“Geology and the Media,” Colorado Scientific Society, Golden, Colorado.

2001
“Thinking spatially and still making it home for dinner” Interdepartmental Colloquium, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California, in association with U.S. Geological Survey.

“Pondering ambiguity: disparities and commonalities between Holy Writ and geological theory” Grace Connection Seventh Day Adventist Church, Chico, California.

Special participant, plenary conference on the effects of global transport of African and Asian dust on coral reef and human health, hosted by U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida.

2000
“Do I write from an outline?” California Writers’ Club, Concord, California.

“Fact into fiction: clarity in writing,” Association of Earth Science Editors annual meeting, Reno, Nevada.

“A few hundred uses for a degree in the geosciences,” Symposium on Alternative Careers in the Geosciences, American Geophysical Union annual convention, San Francisco, California.

1999
Untitled address, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The geologist as detective,” Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1997
“Writing mysteries for fun and transcendental edification,” Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Fort Bragg, California

1995
Untitled address, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Untitled address, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

1984
“Sedimentary controls on hydrocarbon production, Tensleep Sandstone” Wyoming Geological Society, Cody, Wyoming.

1982
Prediction of reservoir rock characteristics in eolian depositional systems, with examples from the Tensleep and Nugget sandstones,” Amoco Research Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1980
“Sedimentology of Great Sand Dunes, Colorado” Colorado Scientific Society, Denver, Colorado.

1979
Lecture series on eolian sedimentation and stratigraphy, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

1978
“Recognition of eolian sedimentary structures,” Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador.

1977
“Sedimentology of Great Sand Dunes, Colorado,” Society of Economic Mineralogists and Paleontologists Rocky Mountain Section, Denver, Colorado.

 

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