Curriculum Vitae

Sean F. Gallen

Full CV: SFGallen_CV_long


  • Ph.D., Earth Science, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • M.S., Geology, Western Washington University, 2008
  • B.A. Geology & Political Science, The University of Vermont, 2004


  • 2018 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University
  • 2016 – 2017: Senior assistant (“Oberassistant”), Earth Surface Dynamics group, ETH-Zürich
  • 2015: Postdoctoral scholar, Earth Surface Dynamics group, ETH-Zürich
  • 2013 – 2014: Turner Postodoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan



  • Critical Zone Science (GEOL-380A1, Fall 2018)
  • Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers (GEOL-150, Fall 2018-present)
  • Geology of the Rocky Mountain Region (co-taught with J. Singleton, GEOL-401, Fall 2018)
  • Geology Field Course (GEOL-436, Summer 2018-present)
  • Tectonic Geomorphology (GEOL-581B1, Spring 2018 – present, offered even years)
  • Seminars (Mountains, Climate, & Biodiversity [Spring 2019]; Low-temperature Thermochronometry [Fall 2019])


  • Tectonic Geomorphology (651-4143-00L, Spring, 2016-2017)
  • Digital Topography and Geomorphology (651-4904-00L, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)


Current students:

Emily Perman (M.S., CSU, 2019-present): Origin and evolution of anomalous lineaments in the Atacama Desert, Northern, Chile (co-advised with Dr. John Singleton)

Johanna Eidmann (Ph.D., CSU, 2018-present): Role of humans and extreme events on water, sediment and carbon fluxes.

Eyal Marder (Ph.D., CSU, 2018-present): Long-term landscape evolution in decaying mountains.

Katherine Schide (Ph.D., ETH, 2016-present): Testing the role of earthquake-triggered landsliding on unsteadiness in erosion and sediment transport in high-relief, tectonically active settings from annual to geologic time-scales (co-advised with Dr. Maarten Lupker).

Past students:

Richard Ott (Ph.D., ETH, 2016-2019): Uplift, erosion, and tectonic and geodynamic evolution of the Hellenic Forearc, Crete, Greece.

Dorran Howell (M.S., ETH, 2016-2018): Constraining Central Himalayan Fault Geometries from Bedrock River Morphologies and Isotopic Proxies for Erosion Rate.

Elena Bruni (M.S., ETH, 2017-2018): Origin and Late Quaternary
emplacement of the unique fans in the Klados River catchment, Crete, Greece.

Marius Huber (M.S.,  ETH, 2015-2018): Beryllium-10 Cosmogenic Radionuclide exposure dating of far travel Gniess Boulders in Himalayan Rivers in Central Nepal. (co-advised with Dr. Maarten Lupker), and (B.S., ETH, 2015): Influence of regional uplift patterns, bedrock lithology and climate on terrace formation and river profile evolution in the Curone River Northern Apennines, Italy.