Andrew Perkins

Senior Lecturer


I completed my PhD in the Geography Department of Simon Fraser University in 2015 with a focus on paleoglacial landscapes and hydrology in south-central British Columbia. I am a field-based glacial geomorphologist specializing in paleo-landscape reconstruction and rates of geomorphic change. I have training in areas of Quaternary geology, sedimentology, geochronology and geophysics and experience in Geographic Information Science, UAV data collection, dendrogeomorphology, and teaching and presenting to diverse audiences.


Research Interests:

  • Paleo-landscape reconstruction and geomorphic process in south-central British Columbia.
  • Use and application of geovisualizations in increasing student retention of geoscience concepts.
  • Designing pedagogical standards for field-based education.


Selected Publications:

Brennand, T.A., and Perkins, A.J. 2017. The deglacial landscape of the Southern Fraser Plateau, British Columbia. In Slaymaker, O.(ed.) Landscapes and Landforms of Western Canada. ISBN 978-3-319-44595-3

Perkins, A.J., and Brennand, T.A. 2016. Towards a morphogenetic classification of eskers: implications for modelling ice sheet hydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews. 134: 19-38. DOI: 10.1016/ j.quascirev.2015.12.015

Perkins, A.J., and Brennand, T.A. 2015. Refining the pattern and style of Cordilleran Ice Sheet retreat: palaeogeography, evolution and implications of lateglacial ice-dammed lake systems on the southern Fraser Plateau, British Columbia, Canada. Boreas. 44(2): 319-342. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12100

Brennand, T.A., Lian, O.B., and Perkins, A.J. 2015. The life and times of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet around the southern Fraser Plateau, British Columbia. In Ward, B., and Dashtgard, S. eds. Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone: Field Trips in and around Vancouver, Canada. The Geological Society of America, Field Guide 38. 101-124.

Perkins, A.J., Brennand, T.A. and Burke, M.J. 2013. Genesis of an esker-like ridge and the evolution of the Young lake basin, during Cordilleran Ice Sheet decay over southern Fraser Plateau, British Columbia. Geomorphology. 190: 27-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.02.005

Burke, M.J., Brennand, T.A. and Perkins, A.J. 2012. Transient subglacial hydrology of a thin ice sheet: insights from the Chasm Esker, British Columbia, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 58: 30-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.09.004

Burke, M.J., Brennand, T.A. and Perkins, A.J. 2012. Evolution of the subglacial hydrologic system beneath the rapidly decaying Cordilleran Ice Sheet caused by ice-dammed lake drainage: implications for meltwater-induced ice acceleration. Quaternary Science Reviews 50: 125-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.07.005

Perkins, A.J., Brennand, T.A., and Burke, M.J. 2011. The genesis of an esker-like ridge at the margins of the last Cordilleran Ice Sheet. In Proceedings of Geohydro 2011, Quebec City, Quebec.