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Andrew W. Graham

Principal/Marine Scientist

Mr. Graham is trained as a chemical oceanographer with expertise in coral reef damage assessment, oil and chemical spill assessment and habitat restoration. Mr. Graham has responded to over 70 large vessel incidents & groundings, train derailments, pipeline spill and other incidents in the past 18+ years, working with government and industry to find restoration-based solutions to environmental casualties in the marine and inland environments. He also 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.


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


PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water SCUBA

FAA Part 107 Small UAS (Drone) Certification

Swiftwater Spill Response Technician (32hrs–WRI)

ICS 100, 200 and 320

Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique

First Aid/Dan O2Provider



Graham, A., S. Gmur, and T. Scott. 2017. Improved SCAT data workflow to increase efficiency and data accuracy. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings 1 May 2017; 2017 (1): 2674–2693.  doi:

Taylor, E., A. Graham, J. Rios, J.Y. Huet, L. Page-Jones, and G. Ivaba. 2017. Angola Coastal Mapping and Tactics for Oil Spill Response. 2017 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC.

TMichel, 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. 2013.Extent and Degree of Shoreline Oiling: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, USA. PLOS One:

Owens, E.H., E. Taylor, A. Graham, R.W. Castle. 2011.Sand Beach Treatment Studies and Field Trials Conducted During the Deepwater Horizon-Macondo Response Operation. 2011.International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings (2011) 2011 (1): abs265. DOI:

Challenger, G. Sergy, A.Graham; Vegetation Response and Sediment Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Attenuation in a Carex marsh in Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Following a Spill of Bunke rC Fuel Oil. 2008. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings 1 May 2008; 2008 (1): 847–854. doi: