Staff Spotlight: Andrew Collins

Andrew standing on ice in front of research shipAndrew Collins joined JISAO in August of 2016 as a research scientist working the Marine Carbon group. After finishing his master’s degree at the University of Delaware, he drove across the country to relocate to Seattle. His master’s work focused on the marine carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean, based on a 73-day research cruise he participated in on the Chinese icebreaker Xuelong. Prior to pursuing his master’s degree, Andrew worked as a research technician in Bermuda for 3.5 years. There, he helped deliver a research program that aimed to understand how coral reefs respond to ocean acidification at multiple spatial and temporal scales. It was in Bermuda that Andrew was first exposed to the NOAA-PMEL Marine Carbon group. Together with his supervisor, he installed and maintained two buoys that autonomously measured coral reef carbon chemistry. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, he went on to work in various field research programs in Nantucket Island, Bonaire, and Hawaii. These field research experiences, combined with formal training and education in the realm of marine carbonate chemistry, led to his suitability for work in the Marine Carbon lab at NOAA PMEL.

Andrew’s work at JISAO involves installing, repairing, and maintaining scientific instrumentation that measures the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in surface seawater onboard research vessels. Additionally, he participates in a global repeat hydrography program as a dissolved inorganic carbon analyst. In the 18 months that Andrew has worked for JISAO, he has spent approximately 130 days at sea for different research expeditions. His work has brought him to spectacular parts of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Southern Chile, Easter Island, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Alaska. He also recently completed a 67-day research expedition between Tasmania and Southern Chile, which was done mostly in the ice surrounding Antarctica. These travel opportunities are by far his favorite part of working at JISAO, but he’s also tremendously grateful for the autonomy that his work environment has provided him. He says living in Seattle is a nice perk as well.