A brief history of Andy Bliss

About Me
I'm now a Physical Scientist for the National Park Service in Juneau AK.

I was an Assistant Professor from 2015-2019 at Colorado State University in the Anthropology Department (bio page here).

From 2011-2014 I was a postdoc/research associate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute within the Glacier Group.

I did my PhD at the University of California Berkeley in the Geography department. I lived in Kensington, CA. I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and did my undergrad at the University of Chicago. I study glaciers and icebergs in Antarctica. For the glacier project, I am trying to understand how weather and climate affect the mass balance of the Taylor Glacier. Mass balance refers to the net difference between how much snow falls on the glacier and how much ice melts or sublimates away from the glacier. The iceberg project is looking at how pieces of Antarctica (icebergs B15 and C16) respond to a warming climate as they float north. Both of these projects are part of the larger scientific effort to understand what will happen to the earth as the climate changes. There are more details on my Antarctica pages.

About Geography
One of the exciting things about geography, and the reason that I am in the geography department, is that it includes so many different research topics. The geographers who study cities are interested in glaciers because changes in glaciers can affect sea level (important for coastal cities as seen in New Orleans and Sumatra) and water supplies. Similarly, physical geographers are interested in the work of human geographers because the choices that humans make have wide ranging impacts on the natural world. Interactions between different realms of science, such as the examples above, offer some of the most interesting problems facing scientists today.

About this Website
The digital reproductions given on this website cannot do justice to the original photographs and in the same way the photographs cannot do justice to nature. If you are interested in obtaining any prints, email me and we can negotiate a price. If you are interested in seeing any of these sights in person, email me with any questions you may have and I'll try to answer them. All these photos and the accompanying captions are my property and as such cannot be copied without my permission except for personal or educational use. I would appreciate hearing about any use you may have for them (andybliss {at} gmail {dot} com). I used the Dust and Scratches filter and the clone tool in Photoshop to remove artifacts introduced in scanning older pictures. Some images have been cropped from their original dimensions. Unless otherwise noted, none of the photos have been altered beyond that. Panoramic images have been stitched with a nice little program called Autostitch.