Dave Andersen


Dave Andersen

Professor, Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology

Undergraduate Advisor Spring 2017

Phone: 408 924-5014 
Office: DH 202 
Office Hours (Spring 2017):  M 3:00-3:45 PM,                   T 10:30-11:15 AM, W 9:30-11:15 AM or by appointment
E-mail: david.andersen@sjsu.edu 


Dr. Andersen is participating in the faculty early retirement program and is no longer accepting graduate students.



  • Ph.D. 1973, University of Utah

Research Interests

  • Current projects emphasize tectonics and sedimentation in the California Coast Ranges.

Recent Classes

  • Petrology (GEOL 122)
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEOL 124)
  • Geochemistry (GEOL 135)
  • Sedimentary Petrology and Petrography (GEOL 214)
  • Advanced Sedimentary Geology (GEOL 222)
  • Cenozoic Evolution of the San Francisco Bay Area (GEOL 285)

Recent Activity (2011-2013)



      • Andersen, D.W., 2011, Awarded Honorary Life Membership in Pacific Section Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Other Professional Service

      • Andersen, D.W., 2011, Hosted Bay Area Science Festival at Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose.
      • Andersen, D.W., January-December 2013, Ongoing documentation of fossil occurrences in outcrops, trenches, and boreholes in the Santa Clara Formation; collaboration with US Geological Survey, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and CSU East Bay.