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


UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Breckenridge, Andrew J
Spring Semester 2016

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 2/7/16 1:30 AM.

Spring Semester 2016
Class Nbr.Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsClass Sect.CreditsBldg.RoomDaysTimeSeats Open
GEOL - Geology
2067GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
This class is closed for enrollment.
101 4.00  SWEN 1013 MWF 10:00AM- 10:50AM 0 of 40
  
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
This class is closed for enrollment.
2068GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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This class is closed for enrollment.
501 0.00  BARS 0107 Th 10:00AM- 11:50AM 0 of 20
  
This class is closed for enrollment.
2069GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth Lab
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This class is closed for enrollment.
502 0.00  BARS 0107 Th 8:00AM- 9:50AM 0 of 20
  
This class is closed for enrollment.
2073GEOL 481Special Topics
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The Geology of MN & WI
Two Saturday all day field trips will also be scheduled. Geol 110 is required for this course. All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
001 4.00  BARS 0114 3:00PM- 4:50PM 7 of 20
  
The Geology of MN & WI
Two Saturday all day field trips will also be scheduled. Geol 110 is required for this course. All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
BARS0107Th2:00PM-4:50PM
2091GEOL 491Undergraduate Research
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Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
002 1.00 - 4.00     ARR 5 of 5
  
Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
2094GEOL 496Internship
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Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit.
002 1.00 - 4.00     ARR 5 of 5
  
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 2/7/16 1:30 AM.