Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

Andrew Wickert




Assistant Professor

PhD, 2014, University of Colorado Boulder

Group website:

I investigate ice, water, and landscapes through the past and present: growth and decay of ice sheets and glaciers and their interactions with climate, dynamics of river systems, global sea level variability, and modern hydrologic and Earth-surface processes. I approach these questions through a combination of field observations, field instrumentation, and numerical modeling. My current research interests and projects include:

  • The last deglaciation: ice sheet melt and associated proglacial lake development, fluvial geomorphic evolution, rapid sea-level rise, and impacts of meltwaer on climate
  • Development of inexpensive and open-source instrumentation to measure modern hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic processes
  • Open-source GIS algorithms to speed data processing and improve data--model intercomparisons
  • Fluvial system response to climate and land-use change
  • Lithospheric flexure as involved in glacial-isostatic adjustment and sedimentary basin backstripping


My computer code, course notes, and electronics schematics can be found on GitHub:

  • (my models, course notes, data analysis routines, and more, including work in progress)
  • ("official" Earth-surface process codes)
  • (open-source electronics)


Courses Taught

  • ESCI 3890: Field Seminar

  • ESCI 4701: Geomorphology

  • ESCI 4703: Glacial Geology

  • ESCI 5980: Computational Methods in Earth Science


Ivanovic, R. F., L. J. Gregoire, A. D. Wickert, P. J. Valdes, and A. Burke (2016), Collapse of the North American ice saddle 14,500 years ago caused widespread cooling and reduced ocean overturning circulation, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/2016GL071849 (in press).

Mey, J., D. Scherler, A. D. Wickert, D. L. Egholm, M. Tesauro, T. F. Schildgen, and M. R. Strecker (2016), Glacial isostatic uplift of the European Alps, Nat. Commun., 7, 13382, doi:10.1038/ncomms13382.

Wickert, A. D. (2016), Reconstruction of North American drainage basins and river discharge since the Last Glacial Maximum, Earth Surf. Dyn.4(4), 831–869, doi:10.5194/esurf-4-831-2016.

Ballato, P., F. Cifelli, G. Heidarzadeh, M. Ghassemi, A. Wickert, J. Hassanzadeh, G. Dupont-Nivet, P. Balling, M. Sudo, G. Zeilinger, A. Schmitt, M. Mattei, M. Strecker (2016), Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the northern Iranian Plateau: insights from middle-late Miocene foreland-basin deposits, Basin Research (in press).

Wickert, A. D. (2016), Open-source modular solutions for flexural isostasy: gFlex v1.0, Geoscientific Model Development9(3). pp. 997–1017, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-997-2016.

Pelletier, J. D., A. B. Murray, J. L. Pierce, P R. Bierman, D. D. Breshears, B. T. Crosby, M. Ellis, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, A. M. Heimsath, C. Houser, N. Lancaster, M. Marani, D. J. Merritts, L. J. Moore, J. L. Pederson, M. J. Poulos, T. M. Rittenour, J. C. Rowland, P Ruggiero, D. J. Ward, K. X. Whipple, A. D. Wickert, and E. M. Yager (2015), Forecasting the response of Earth’s surface to future climatic and land-use changes: A review of methods and research needs, Earth’s Future, 3(7), 220–251, doi:10.1002/2014EF000290.

Wickert, A. D. (2014), The ALog: Inexpensive, Open-Source, Automated Data Collection in the Field, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 95(2), 68–78, doi:10.1890/0012-9623-95.2.68. 

Monteleone, K., E. J. Dixon, and A. D. Wickert (2013), Lost Worlds: A predictive model to locate submerged archaeological sites in SE Alaska, USA, in Archaeology in the Digital Era. Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012, edited by G. Earl, T. Sly, A. Chrysanthi, P. Murrieta-Flores, C. Papadopoulos, I. Romanowska, and D. Wheatley, Amsterdam University Press.

Wickert, A. D., J. X. Mitrovica, C. Williams, and R. S. Anderson (2013), Gradual demise of a thin southern Laurentide ice sheet recorded by Mississippi drainage, Nature, 502(7473), 668–671, doi:10.1038/nature12609.

Wickert, A. D., J. M. Martin, M. Tal, W. Kim, B. A. Sheets, and C. Paola (2013), River channel lateral mobility: metrics, time scales, and controls, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 118(2), 396–412, doi:10.1029/2012JF002386.