School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Andrew Stephen Hein

Chancellor's Research Fellow

2010 - Present:   Research Fellow and Manager of Edinburgh's Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory
2008 - 2010:   NERC PDRA "Ice elevation changes in the Shackleton Range, Weddell Sea embayment, Antarctica"; PI - David Sugden

PhD 2009 - Glacial Geomorphology (emphasis on the application of cosmogenic nuclides) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
MSc 2004 - Geographic Information Science (emphasis on glacier modelling) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
BSc 1996 - Geology Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA


I am a glacial geologist/geomorphologist specializing in the application of cosmogenic nuclides to surface exposure age dating. I initially trained as a geologist, working first in the geophysics division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado and later for Geoterryx-Dighem in Australia. After a period of travel while pursuing other interests, I completed an MSc in GIS at the University of Edinburgh. Here I got involved with glacier modelling of the Patagonian Ice Sheet, this in turn led to my PhD project which aimed to directly date pre-LGM glacial deposits in Patagonia by surface exposure methods. Since completing my PhD, my work has turned to Antarctica and the dynamics of ice streams in the Weddell Sea. I am currently involved in a range of research projects; please visit my research and publications pages for further information.

Check out our blog detailing our current (November 2012) Ellsworth Mountains Blue-ice project

Contact details

Dr. Andrew S. Hein
University of Edinburgh

Geography Building

Drummond Street

Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2526