Andrew J Kowalczk

"What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on."

-Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Biography

My passion for exploring our watery world developed after learning to scuba dive as a young teenager. This passion quickly grew into a desire for exploring and understanding the unknown natural world, and after high school, prompted taking the next step into a career as a scientist. I graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2006 with a B.Sc. in Marine Science along with a minor in Chemistry. During that time I expanded my scuba knowledge and training with involvement in the scientific diving community, which led to furthering my path into science at Florida State University. 

In 2009 I completed a M. Sc. in Chemical Oceanography at FSU. My primary research focused on modeling cave ventilation dynamics in karst environments and the impacts on speleothem chemistry and mineral precipitation. My secondary research projects looked into developing paleoclimate records based off speleothem trace element and isotope records and from sediment cores collected from local underwater caves. My research pro

I spent the first quarter of 2010 aboard the 274’ RV Thomas G Thompson as part of the Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean II (DIMES) cruise based out of Punta Arenas, Chile. We investigated micro scale to large scale mixing patterns across the Southern Ocean.

In the winter of 2011 I began my foray into the private industry in environmental consulting, based out of Anchorage, AK. I worked on a range of projects, from environmental remediation to groundwater sampling and modeling at the largest proposed mining project in Alaska. My responsibilities also included deep (2000” +) groundwater well geophysical logging and core identification.

In 2013 I moved to Central New York and continued environmental consulting. I was primarily involved in groundwater sampling and modeling projects, but also ran an MNR (monitored natural remediation) project as part of a large remedial effort on a local lake system.

In 2015 I joined the USGS to serve as the NY-WSC field lead for the Edge of Field project, investigating nutrient and sediment runoff at the field-scale, to determine the effect of best management practices to reduce loading into priority watersheds.