Andy Stock is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. He is also a MEOPAR Fellow (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network) and an Ocean Leaders Fellow.
Andy's research focuses on computational methods to predict how human activities and the resulting pressures change marine ecosystems. He is especially interested in the limitations of predictive models, and how they can nevertheless provide valuable information for spatial planning, environmental impact assessments and conservation practice.
After obtaining his PhD in Environment & Resources at Stanford University in California, Andy was an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University in New York City, exploring statistical learning methods for ocean remote sensing. He also holds an MSc in Geoinformatics from the University of Turku (Finland) and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leipzig (Germany). Beyond academia, Andy has been an environmental consultant advising Scandinavian governments on mapping and data analysis for environmental impact assessments.
At UBC, Andy is based in the Connecting Human and Natural Systems Lab led by Kai Chan, and is co-mentored by Cathryn Murray at Fisheries & Oceans Canada. He is developing an ensemble of ecological models that simulate how the kelp ecosystems of western Vancouver Island would change under different climate change and human use scenarios.