Bachelor in Sociology, California State College, 1974. Master of Arts in Biology, University California, Riverside, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany, University California, Riverside, 1983.
Postdoctoral research scientist Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, 1987-1990. Open space administrator City of Thousand Oaks (California), 1984-1986. County planner County of Ventura, Ventura, California, 1983-1984.
Research scientist United States Forest Service, Riverside, with fire management San Bernandino, 1974-1983. Lector Berry College, Rome, 1990-1993, assistant professor, 1993-1994. Lecturer We. Washington University, Bellingham, 1995—1999, director degree programs and summer session, 1998—2005.
Civil rights consultant Institute for Land and Resource Management, San Bernardino. Member Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Society Wetland Scientists, International Association Wildland Fire, Sigma Xi.
Children: Larissa Celeste Anderson, Hilary Renee Anderson.