July 16, 2013

Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham

Marine Scientist

AWG - dry suitMr. Graham is trained as a chemical oceanographer and is currently involved in scientific support for oil spill and ship grounding response relative to environmental damages and environmental injury assessment.

Following completion of his undergraduate degree in 1998, Mr. Graham worked in a chemical oceanography lab at the University of Washington (Seattle) for 2 years. He took part in several oceanographic cruises in the Pacific Ocean studying the dissolved gas chemistry of hydrothermal vents. In 2000, he started graduate studies at the University of Hawaii, where his research focused on dissolved methane gas in the open and coastal ocean from Mexico to Iceland.

AWG-deepwaterAndy joined Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc. in April of 2003 after receiving his Masters degree. Mr. Graham provides scientific and technical support in the field, including but not limited to chemical, water and sediment sampling, coral reef assessment, Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) surveys, bathymetry work, and data analysis. He has responded to a variety of oil and chemical spills and ship groundings throughout the world. In addition to field support, Mr. Graham is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  specialist for Polaris, utilizing GIS software to generate maps to aid emergency response operations and natural resource damage assessment studies.

andrew-graham-stluciaRecent project work includes SCAT team leader and SCAT Technical Advisor for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientific support for the Silvertip pipeline spill in Billings Montana and coral reef assessment and restoration of ship groundings in Tortola BVI, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.



M.S., 2002, University of Hawaii, Manoa: Oceanography

B.S., 1998, University of Washington, Seattle: Oceanography


Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc., Marine Scientist, 2003 – Present.

University of Hawaii, Graduate Research Assistant/Student, 2000 – 2002

University of Washington, Research Assistant, 1998 – 2000



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Graham, A, T. Scott, A. Milanes. 2016. Improved techniques for SCAT data collection using mobile devices.  Clean Pacific 2016 presentation, Seattle Washington.

Michel, J, E.H. Owens, S. Zengel, A. Graham, Z. Nixon, T. Allard, W. Holton, P.D. Reimer, A. Lamarche, M. White, N. Rutherford, C. Childs, G. Mauseth, G. Challenger, E. TAYLOR, Extent and Degree of Shoreline Oiling: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, USA. PLOS One: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0065087

Owens, E., TAYLOR, E., and Graham, A., 2011. Sand beach treatment studies and field trials conducted during the Deepwater Horizon-Macondo Response Operations. Proc. 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, Washington, DC.

Challenger, G.E., Sergy, G. and A.W. Graham. 2008. Vegetation response and sediment polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon attenuation in a Carex marsh in Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Following a spill of Bunker C fuel oil. Proceeding in the 2008 International Oil Spill Conference, May 2008, Savannah, GA.

Owens, E.H., Parker-Hall, H.A., Mauseth, G.S., Graham, A., Allard, T., Reimer, P.D., Engles, J.W., Lehmann, S., Whitney, J., Penland, S., Williams, C. and Wooley C., 2005. Shoreline and Surveillance Surveys on the M/V Selendang Ayu Spill Response, Unalaska Island, Alaska. Proc. 28th Arctic Marine Oilspill Programme (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Ottawa ON, 509-525.

Mauseth, G.S., Graham, A.W. and J. Simon. 2004. Optimizing hydraulic cleaning techniques for oiled coarse sediment beaches: Long-term monitoring results. Proc. 27th Arctic Marine Oilspill Programme (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 2004, pp. 713-730.