Andy obtained his BS in Anthropology and minor in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. After becoming interested in marine systems he enrolled in the East – West Marine biology program at Northeastern University where he studied coral-predator interactions in Moorea, French Polynesia while completing a MS in Marine Biology. Andy finished his Ph.D. at Florida International University in 2016 with the Burkepile lab. After his Ph.D., he joined the Burkepile lab at UC Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral researcher.
Andy's research focused on the impact of nutrient pollution and the impact of different nutrients (nitrogen vs. phosphorus) on corals, coral reefs, and the ecology of mutualisms. His work focused on how extra nutrients in the environment impact how corals photosynthesize, grow, and maintain partnerships with their symbiotic algae. Other parts of his research focused on the role the fish-derived nutrients play in creating spatial heterogeneity on reefs and the impact of size selective fishing on herbivory and herbivore-algal-coral dynamics.