Ryan Anderson


I am the current Shoemaker Postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ. I am interested in quantitative geomorphology and spectroscopy to understand past conditions on Mars and other planets. I also am interested in using computers to help humans make sense of large, complicated data sets using  methods like multivariate analysis and machine learning.

I am a member of the ChemCam science team on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. I work on day-to-day rover operations, and on processing and interpreting ChemCam results.


When I’m not doing science, I like to write. I have always been fascinated by “other worlds”, be they distant planets, the ancient past, or fictional realms. I’m an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, and you can read my reviews of genre fiction of all types on the blog. You can also check out my former blog about planetary science here.

Recently, I have started to write fiction in earnest, and from time to time I will post about that on the blog as well.


  1. Dude. Thanks for the great quote collection. When you travel to Mars, swing by and pick me up.

  2. I don’t know whether you check the blog anymore, but I found you while I was trying to track down the new AGU Community Manager. I used to run Outdoor Science and am trying to reactivate my dormant blog. I thought I’d leave a comment because I’ve been away from writing for three years… trying to write science fiction! I did an MFA in creative writing and subsequently, erm, rewrote the first chapter of a novel lots of times. Ahem. It’s amazing to hear you’re a fiction writer too. Space opera, I assume? My twitter is still vivraper. You can catch me at the email on my website http://www.vivienneraper.com.

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