Andrew Wickert

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Andrew Wickert

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


John T. Tate Hall
Room 375-10
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


PhD, 2014, University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests

I investigate ice, water, and landscapes through the past and present: growth and decay of ice sheets and glaciers and their interactions with climate, dynamics of river systems, global sea level variability, and modern hydrologic and Earth-surface processes. I approach these questions through a combination of field observations, field instrumentation, and numerical modeling. My current research interests and projects include:

  • The last deglaciation: ice sheet melt and associated proglacial lake development, fluvial geomorphic evolution, rapid sea-level rise, and impacts of meltwaer on climate
  • Development of inexpensive and open-source instrumentation to measure modern hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic processes
  • Open-source GIS algorithms to speed data processing and improve data--model intercomparisons
  • Fluvial system response to climate and land-use change
  • Lithospheric flexure as involved in glacial-isostatic adjustment and sedimentary basin backstripping

UMN Earth Surfaces Processes Research Lab

Recent News

My computer code, course notes, and electronics schematics can be found on GitHub:

  • (my models, course notes, data analysis routines, and more, including work in progress)
  • ("official" Earth-surface process codes)
  • (open-source electronics)
Currently Teaching Courses
ESCI 3890: Field Seminar
ESCI 4701: Geomorphology
ESCI 4703: Glacial Geology
ESCI 5980: Computational Methods in Earth Science
ESCI 5980: Glaciology Seminar
ESCI 1001/1101: Earth and Its Environments / Introduction to Geology

Selected Publications

Somers, L. D., J. M. McKenzie, B. G. Mark, P. Lagos, G.-H. C. Ng, A. D. Wickert, C. Yarleque, M. Baraër, and Y. Silva (2019), Groundwater buffers decreasing glacier melt in the Andes – but not forever, Geophysical Research Letters, 46(22), 13016–13026, doi:10.1029/2019GL084730.

Callaghan, K. L., and A. D. Wickert (2019), Computing water flow through complex landscapes – Part 1: Incorporating depressions in flow routing using FlowFill, Earth Surface Dynamics, 7, 737–753, doi:10.5194/esurf-7-737-2019.

Bufe, A., J. M. Turowski, D. W. Burbank, C. Paola, A. D. Wickert, and S. Tofelde (2019), Controls on the lateral channel migration rate of braided channel systems in coarse non-cohesive sediment, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 44(14), 2823–2836, doi:10.1002/esp.4710.

Tofelde, S., S. Savi, A. D. Wickert, T. F. Schildgen, and A. Bufe (2019), Alluvial channel response to environmental perturbations: Fill-terrace formation and sediment-signal disruption, Earth Surface Dynamics, 7(2), 609–630, doi:10.5194/esurf-7-609-2019.

Wickert, A. D., C. T. Sandell, R. Schulz, and G.-H. C. Ng (2019), Open-source Arduino-compatible data loggers designed for field research, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 2065–2076, doi:10.5194/hess-23-2065-2019.

Wickert, A. D., R. S. Anderson, J. X. Mitrovica, S. Naylor and E. C. Carson (2019), The Mississippi River records glacial-isostatic deformation of North America, Science Advances, 5(1), eaav2366, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aav2366.

Saberi, L., R. T. McLaughlin, G.-H. C. Ng, J. La Frenierre, A. D. Wickert, M. Baraer, W. Zhi, L. Li, and B. G. Mark (2019), Multi-scale temporal variability in meltwater contributions in a tropical glacierized watershed, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23(1), 405–425, doi:10.5194/hess-23-405-2019.

Wickert, A. D., and T. F. Schildgen (2019), Long-Profile Evolution of Transport-Limited Gravel-Bed Rivers, Earth Surface Dynamics, 7, 17–43, doi:10.5194/esurf-7-17-2019.

Ng, G.-H. C., A. D. Wickert, L. D. Somers, L. Saberi, C. Cronkite-Ratcliff, R. G. Niswonger, and J. M. McKenzie (2018), GSFLOW-GRASS v1.0.0: GIS-enabled hydrologic modeling of coupled groundwater–surface-water systems, Geoscientific Model Development, 11, 4755–4777, doi:10.5194/gmd-11-4755-2018.

Tofelde, S., W. Düsing, T. F. Schildgen, A. D. Wickert, H. Wittmann, and R. N. Alonso (2018), Effects of deep-seated versus shallow hillslope processes on cosmogenic 10 Be concentrations in fluvial sand and gravel, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi:10.1002/esp.4471.

Perron, J. T., P. M. Myrow, K. L. Huppert, A. R. Koss, and A. D. Wickert (2018), Ancient record of changing flows from wave ripple defects, Geology46(10), 875–878, doi:10.1130/G45463.1.

Ivanović, R. F., L. J. Gregoire, A. Burke, A. D. Wickert, P. J. Valdes, H. C. Ng, L. F. Robinson, J. F. McManus, J. X. Mitrovica, L. Lee, and J. E. Dentith (2018), Acceleration of northern ice sheet melt induces AMOC slowdown and northern cooling in simulations of the early last deglaciation, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology33(7), 807–824, doi:10.1029/2017PA003308.

Ivanović, R. F., L. J. Gregoire, A. D. Wickert, and A. Burke (2018), Climatic effect of Antarctic meltwater overwhelmed by concurrent Northern hemispheric melt, Geophys. Res. Lett.45(11), 5681–5689, doi:10.1029/2018GL077623.

Tauro, F., Selker, J., van de Giesen, N., Abrate, T., Uijlenhoet, R., Porfiri, M., Manfreda, S., Caylor, K., Moramarco, T., Benveniste, J., Ciraolo, G., Estes, L., Domeneghetti, A., Perks, M., Corbari, C., Rabiei, E., Ravazzani, G., Bogena, H., Harfouche, A., Brocca, L., Maltese, A., Wickert, A., Tarpanelli, A., Good, S., Lopez Alcala, J. M., Petroselli, A., Cudennec, C., Blume, T., Hut, R., and Grimaldi, S. (2018), Measurements and Observations in the XXI century (MOXXI): innovation and multidisciplinarity to sense the hydrological cycle, Hydrological Sciences Journal63(2), 169–196, doi:10.1080/02626667.2017.1420191.

Tofelde, S., T. F. Schildgen, S. Savi, H. Pingel, A. D. Wickert, B. Bookhagen, H. Wittmann, R. N. Alonso, J. Cottle, and M. R. Strecker (2017), 100 kyr fluvial cut-and-fill terrace cycles since the Middle Pleistocene in the southern Central Andes, NW Argentina, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.473, 141–153, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.06.001.

Ballato, P., F. Cifelli, G. Heidarzadeh, M. Ghassemi, A. Wickert, J. Hassanzadeh, G. Dupont-Nivet, P. Balling, M. Sudo, G. Zeilinger, A. Schmitt, M. Mattei, M. Strecker (2016), Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the northern Iranian Plateau: insights from middle-late Miocene foreland-basin deposits, Basin Research, 29(4), 417–446, doi:10.1111/bre.12180.

Ivanović, R. F., L. J. Gregoire, A. D. Wickert, P. J. Valdes, and A. Burke (2017), Collapse of the North American ice saddle 14,500 years ago caused widespread cooling and reduced ocean overturning circulation, Geophys. Res. Lett.44(1), 383–392, doi:10.1002/2016GL071849.

Mey, J., D. Scherler, A. D. Wickert, D. L. Egholm, M. Tesauro, T. F. Schildgen, and M. R. Strecker (2016), Glacial isostatic uplift of the European Alps, Nat. Commun.7, 13382, doi:10.1038/ncomms13382.

Wickert, A. D. (2016), Reconstruction of North American drainage basins and river discharge since the Last Glacial Maximum, Earth Surf. Dyn.4(4), 831–869, doi:10.5194/esurf-4-831-2016.

Wickert, A. D. (2016), Open-source modular solutions for flexural isostasy: gFlex v1.0, Geoscientific Model Development9(3). pp. 997–1017, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-997-2016.

Pelletier, J. D., A. B. Murray, J. L. Pierce, P R. Bierman, D. D. Breshears, B. T. Crosby, M. Ellis, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, A. M. Heimsath, C. Houser, N. Lancaster, M. Marani, D. J. Merritts, L. J. Moore, J. L. Pederson, M. J. Poulos, T. M. Rittenour, J. C. Rowland, P Ruggiero, D. J. Ward, K. X. Whipple, A. D. Wickert, and E. M. Yager (2015), Forecasting the response of Earth’s surface to future climatic and land-use changes: A review of methods and research needs, Earth’s Future3(7), 220–251, doi:10.1002/2014EF000290.

Wickert, A. D. (2014), The ALog: Inexpensive, Open-Source, Automated Data Collection in the Field, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America95(2), 68–78, doi:10.1890/0012-9623-95.2.68. 

Monteleone, K., E. J. Dixon, and A. D. Wickert (2013), Lost Worlds: A predictive model to locate submerged archaeological sites in SE Alaska, USA, in Archaeology in the Digital Era. Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012, edited by G. Earl, T. Sly, A. Chrysanthi, P. Murrieta-Flores, C. Papadopoulos, I. Romanowska, and D. Wheatley, Amsterdam University Press.

Wickert, A. D., J. X. Mitrovica, C. Williams, and R. S. Anderson (2013), Gradual demise of a thin southern Laurentide ice sheet recorded by Mississippi drainage, Nature502(7473), 668–671, doi:10.1038/nature12609.

Wickert, A. D., J. M. Martin, M. Tal, W. Kim, B. A. Sheets, and C. Paola (2013), River channel lateral mobility: metrics, time scales, and controls, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface118(2), 396–412, doi:10.1029/2012JF002386.