Natural Sciences Department

Faculty and Staff Details

Dr. Andrew Breckenridge Download Andrew's VCard

Associate Professor
Geology

ph. 715-394-8311
office. Barstow 103C
Natural Sciences Department - UW-Superior

Education

PhD University of Minnesota 2006
MS University of Minnesota 1999
BS Purdue University 1994

Courses
GEOL 110 Dynamic Earth
GEOL 360 Geomorphology

Role as Faculty

I believe helping students learn to think critically and communicate effectively through writing and speech is a teacher's greatest challenge. As a geology instructor, especially at the introductory level, I also have the wonderful opportunity to reintroduce adults to the diversity, timelessness, and complexity of the Earth.

Research Interests
My teaching and research interests cover the areas of sedimentology, stratigraphy, global climate change, glacial geology, and the study of the Earth's landforms. I am fascinated by lake sediments because they provide a window into the past through which we can see how landscapes and climate have changed. These are my current research areas:
  • the history of Lake Superior over the last 13,000 years
  • understanding the nature of the drainage of Lake Agassiz, which may have initiated multiple abrupt climatic cooling events
  • mapping landslides caused by an incredible flood that occurred on June 10, 2012 to understand factors that lead to slope failure
  • developing techniques to use lake sediments to reconstruct barrenground caribou populations over thousand-year time scales

Recent Scholarly Activity

2013. Breckenridge, A. An analysis of late glacial lake levels within the western Lake Superior basin based on digital elevation models. Quaternary Research 80(3),383-395.

2013. Stroup, J.S., Lowell, T.C., Breckenridge, A. Stratigraphy from the demise of a large glacial lake: the Lake Ojibway, Ontario, Quebec example. Journal of Paleolimnology 50(1), 105-121

2012. Breckenridge, A., Lowell, T.C., Evans, G. A review and analysis of varve thickness records from glacial Lake Ojibway (Ontario and Quebec, Canada). Quaternary International 260, 43-54.

2012. Breckenridge, A., Lowell, T., Fisher, T., and S. Yu. A Late Minong transgression in the Lake Superior basin as documented by sediments from Fenton Lake, Ontario. Journal of Paleolimnology 47(3), 313-326.

2012. Fisher, T.G., Weyer, K.A., Boudreau, A.M., Martin-Hayden, J.M., Krantz, D.F., and Breckenridge, A. Constraining Holocene-aged lake levels in the Michigan Basin. Journal of Paleolimnology 47(3), 373-390.

2011. Hobbs, H. and Breckenridge, A. Ice advances and retreats, inlets and outlets, sediments and strandlines of the western Lake Superior basin. In J.D. Miller, G.J. Hudak, C. Wittkop, and P.I. McLaughlin (eds), Archean to the Anthropocene: Field Guides to the Geology of the Mid-Continent of North America, GSA Field Guide 24, 299-315.

2010. Yu, S., Colman, S., Lowell, T.V., Milne, G.A., Fisher, T.G., Breckenridge, A., Boyd, M., and Teller, J.T. Freshwater outburst from Lake Superior as a trigger for the cold event 9300 years ago. Science 328, 1262-1266.


Ongoing Research Opportunities for Students

  • Map landslides in the Nemadji River clay plain to determine factors that lead to failure
  • Study sediments from the St. Louis River harbor to understand lake level changes and evaluate the recurrence intervals of extreme flooding similar to the June 2012 flood
  • Develop methods to use lake sediments to reconstruct caribou populations


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UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Breckenridge, Andrew J
Fall Semester 2014

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.

Fall Semester 2014
Class Nbr.Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsClass Sect.CreditsBldg.RoomDaysTimeInstructorSeats Open
GEOL - GeologyTop of Page
2582GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth
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All Natural Science classes will be asessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1014.00 SWEN1055MWF10:00AM- 10:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J1 of 40
2583GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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5010.00 BARS0107Th8:00AM- 9:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J0 of 20
This class is closed for enrollment.
2584GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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5020.00 BARS0107Th10:00AM- 11:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J2 of 20
2587GEOL 360Geomorphology
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All Natural Science classes will be asessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1014.00 BARS0108MWF1:00PM- 1:50PMBreckenridge, Andrew J10 of 20
2588GEOL 360Geomorphology Lab
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5010.00 BARS0107T10:00AM- 11:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J10 of 20
2590GEOL 491Undergraduate Research
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Instructor Consent Required
0021.00 - 4.00 ARRBreckenridge, Andrew J0 of 0
All Natural Science classes will be asessed a program fee of $12 per credit
This class is closed for enrollment.

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.

UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Breckenridge, Andrew J

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.

UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Breckenridge, Andrew J
Spring Semester 2014

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.

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Spring Semester 2014
Class Nbr.Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsClass Sect.CreditsBldg.RoomDaysTimeInstructorSeats Open
GEOG - GeographyTop of Page
2756GEOG 491Undergraduate Research
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Instructor Consent Required
0011.00 - 4.00 ARRBreckenridge, Andrew J0 of 1
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
This class is closed for enrollment.
GEOL - GeologyTop of Page
2180GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1014.00 SWEN1054MWF11:00AM- 11:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J10 of 40
2181GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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5010.00 BARS0107Th10:00AM- 11:50AMBreckenridge, Andrew J1 of 20
2182GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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5020.00 BARS0107Th1:00PM- 2:50PMBreckenridge, Andrew J9 of 20
2187GEOL 481Special Topics
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The Geology of MN & WI
0014.00 BARS0107MW2:00PM- 5:00PMBreckenridge, Andrew J16 of 25
Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 9/18/14 11:45 AM.


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