Andy Fraass

Andy has lived in Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, England, and Victoria, British Columbia. He’s worked at the Universities of Wisconsin (MSc), Massachusetts (PhD), Sam Houston State (Visiting Assistant Professor), Bristol (Postdoc/Fellow), and the Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of Natural History (Postdoc), but not in that order. He currently works at the University of Victoria – School of Earth and Ocean Science, where he’s an Assistant Professor.

He mostly studies planktic foraminifera, amoeba-like single celled marine organisms that produce a ‘shell’ made of calcium carbonate. Planktic forams have been around since the late Jurassic (around 160 million years ago) and are a key way of understanding the past oceans. By identifying specific species we can determine the age of the sediment, what the oceans were like, what the temperature was when they were growing, the community structure, and what the carbon cycle was doing. Because forams have been around for so long, we’ve used them to understand a diverse set of past climates. Andy is most interested in studying how evolution, climate, sediments, and oceanography mix together. He has a broad range of experience in cyclostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, paleobiology, databases, and has just enough statistical knowledge to be annoying. 

More important than any of that, Andy has a wife and two kids, so most of his free time is spent running after his daughters. Read Andy’s posts.