Anderson has been a faculty member at Appalachian since 2004. Prior to coming to the university, he taught at Illinois State University and Radford University.
Anderson received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and Bachelor of Science degree in geology at the University of Dayton. He completed his Master of Science degree in geological sciences at the University of Maine and his Ph.D. in earth sciences at North Carolina State University.
His research interests include aquifer recharge, groundwater/surface water interactions and the study of climatic influences on groundwater resources.
Anderson replaces Dr. Johnny Waters, who was chair of the department from 2004-2012. Waters will be conducting research at the Netherlands Center for Biodiversity and conducting field work in Mongolia. Waters is co-leader of a five-year, United Nations International Geoscience Programme project that began in 2011 to study the geologic history of climate change.