Dr Andrew Geary

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons) Aquatic and Fisheries Biology, MSc Oceanography, PhD
  • Position:Team Leader-Geosciences
  • Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)
  • Telephone:+4411732 86041
  • Email:Andrew.Geary@uwe.ac.uk

About me

The majority of my almost 30 year career has been in technical roles within both teaching and research. Having completed my first degree in Aquatic and Fisheries Biology, I spent some time in Jamaica studying coral reef fisheries working for CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). On return to the UK I started my MSc in Oceanography at the University of Southampton where on completion, I was employed as a research technician working on a range of marine projects. I then moved on to work for the then IOS (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences) as a research technician studying carbon flux in the deep oceans on a number of International projects including OMEX. LOIS and BENBO on a number of research vessels including Discovery, Challenger, Charles Darwin. During this time I also got involved in a number of other projects, the most memorable being an international study of cold seep vents in the Black Sea off Ukraine on board the RV Professor Vodyanitsky and representing the Marine Biological Association, UK. Following this and having moved into the then new building known as SOC (now National Oceanographic Centre), I decided to enter the world of network computing. However, I came to realise that this was not for me and moved back to the marine environment working offshore and using my skills in deep water exploration. Here I worked for a number of companies serving the oil and gas industry. My primary role was to carry out surveys looking at the impacts (both biologically and chemically) of current and future drilling operations. This took me all over the globe and some superb experiences were had! Wanting to settle down, I moved to Bristol, began work at UWE, completed my PhD and is where I have been for the past 17 years, as a Physical Geography technician, now technical Team Leader in Geosciences. It is a role which I enjoy greatly and it has enabled me to use both my technical and teaching skills, imparting knowledge gained in my previous working lives, to young people as they begin theirs. I have a daughter, Kizzy, a dog Mia, I have studied ninjutsu for 11 years and enjoy anything aquatic outdoors.

Area of expertise

Field and experimental aspects across a range of earth/environmental sciences disciplines


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