Andrew is investigating the ocean’s role in driving changes in the mass balance and dynamics of marine terminating glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic. Warm subsurface ocean waters originating in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean circulate at depth in the Arctic, and where this warm water comes in contact with glaciers it can drive substantial submarine melting. Enhanced submarine melting has been identified as a major factor in the recent accelerated mass loss of Greenland glaciers, however regional differences in ocean stratification, circulation, and bathymetry mean the potential of the ocean to drive similar glacial changes in the Canadian Arctic remains largely unknown. Andrew aims to address this problem through a combination of fieldwork and numerical modelling.
Andrew completed his PhD in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of British Columbia. His PhD research focused on understanding the dynamics of the last ice shelf-epishelf lake fjord in the Arctic, Milne Fiord, northern Ellesmere Island. Prior to his PhD he obtained an MSc in oceanography at UBC and a BSc at the University of Alberta. Outside of academia Andrew has dabbled in filmmaking, sailing, and building a Greenland kayak.