June 02, 2016

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Environment, Dr. Andrew Perkins is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Perkins on his outstanding achievements. 

Dr. Andrew Perkins' ambitious PhD dissertation, Refining the Pattern and Style of Deglaciation on the Southern Fraser Plateau and Environs, mapped the landscape left behind by glaciers as they retreated after the last ice age.

His ambitious work covered an 8000 square km section of south-central British Columbia and his research included identifying and naming three new lake systems dammed by retreating ice, as well as documenting many previously unidentifed landforms crucial to interpreting the pattern of ice-sheet retreat.

Dr. Tracy Brennand, his supervisor, says, "Andrew's research has led to important advancements in our knowledge of Canada's physical landscape and environmental history. His study is the first to document late-Pleistocene glacial lake evolution and moraine fields in this region and contributes significant knowledge of water storage, routing and flooding associated with ice sheet decay — an important contribution given the current decay of modern ice sheets."  

Over the course of his graduate degree, Dr. Perkins received a number of awards, including research awards from the Geologic Society of America, and most recently, the Starkey Robinson Award for high quality graduate research that extends our understanding of the geography of Canada.

For the last two years Andrew has been teaching full-time at Okanagan College where he received the Faculty Strong-Start award for his development of new programming in Geographic Information Science. He will be returning to SFU this fall as a lecturer in the Department of Geography.

He says, "I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with world-class geographers during my time at SFU, and for the tireless work of those who guided my time here."

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