Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences

Drew Christ is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Geology at University of Vermont.  He received his PhD in Earth Science from Boston University where he studied the response of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets to climate changes over millions of years.   He has embarked to Antarctica several times to conduct field-based geological mapping and sample collection.

In the latter portion of his PhD, Drew came to UVM to learn cosmogenic nuclide geochemistry methods with Professor Paul Bierman in the Community Cosmogenic Facility. He loved UVM and Vermont so much that he wanted to stay for a Post-Doc.

Drew is a glacial geomorphologist who uses several field-based and lab methods to understand how glaciers and climate change sculpt landscapes through time. At UVM, Drew will be collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of scientists to devise a new approach to analyzing sediments deposited below the Greenland Ice Sheet.  Through this research, he and his collaborators hope to unlock new information about ice sheet dynamics in the geologic past as a guide for future warming and sea level rise. 

In the future, Andrew hopes to bring expertise about climate change in the polar regions to policy discussions concerning national security, trade, and climate resiliency.


In press

  • Christ, A.J., Bierman, P.R., Schaefer, J.M., Dahl-Jensen, D., Steffensen, J.P., Corbett, L.B., Peteet, D.M., Thomas, E.K., Steig, E.J., Rittenour, T.M., Tison, J-L., Blard, P-H., Perdrial, N., Dethier, D., Lini, A., Hidy, A.J., Caffee, M., Southon, J., in press, “A multi-million-year-old record of Greenland vegetation and glacial history preserved in sediment beneath 1.4 km of ice at Camp Century”, The Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States of America.
  • Chamberlain, E.J., Christ, A.J., Fulweiler, R.W., in press, “Linkages between hydroclimate, landscape evolution, and biogeochemistry in an ice-block lake in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica”, Antarctic Science.


  • Bierman, P.R., Bender, A.M., Christ, A.J., Corbett, L.B., Halsted, C.T., Portenga, E.W., Schmidt, A.H., 2020 “Cosmogenic Nuclides in Earth Surface Processes”, in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences,, IBSN: 978-0-12-409548-9
  • Christ, A.J., Bierman, P.R., Knutz, P., Corbett, L., Fosdick, J., Thomas, E., Cowling, O., Hidy, A., Caffee, M., 2020. “The Greenland Ice Sheet during the Early Pleistocene was similar to today”, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2019GL085176.
  • Christ, A.J., Bierman, P.R., 2020. “The local Last Glacial Maximum in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica: implications for ice-sheet behavior in the Ross Sea Embayment”, Geological Society of America Bulletin.  v.132, no. 1-2, 31–47. doi: 10.1130/B35139.1
  • Kim, S., Yoo, K.C, Lee, J.I., Khim, B., Bak, Y., Lee, M.K., Lee, J., Domack, E.W., Christ, A.J., Yoon, H., 2018. “Holocene paleoceanography of Bigo Bay, west Antarctic Peninsula: Connections between surface water productivity and nutrient utilization and its implication for surface-deep water mass exchange”. Quaternary Science Reviews, v.192, p.59-70. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.05.028
  • Christ, A.J., Talaia-Murray, M., Elking, N., Domack, E.W., Leventer, A., Lavoie, C., Brachfeld, S., Yoo, K., Gilbert, R., Jeong, S., 2015. “Late Holocene Glacial advance and ice shelf growth, Barilari Bay, Graham Land, west Antarctic Peninsula”. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.127, no. 1-2. doi:10.1130/B31035.1
Gund Postdoctoral Fellow Andrew Christ

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Paleoclimate, polar ice sheets, sea level rise, glacial geomorphology


  • PhD, Earth Science, Boston University
  • BA, Geosciences, Hamilton College
  • International Student, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ