Andy Cohen, '82

Andy Cohen

Position Title
Member, Earth and Planetary Sciences Alumni Advisory Board


Dr. Andy Cohen is a paleolimnologist and paleoecologist with particular interest in the ecological and climatic history of lakes in the African Rift Valley and Western North America. He uses drilling technology to obtain long cores from ancient lakes extending back millions of years and has particular interests in using lake records to provide environmental content to the evolution of humans in Africa and the evolution of endemic species in ancient lakes.

Dr. Cohen received a Ph.D. in geology–paleontology from UC Davis in 1982, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology/geology from Middlebury College in 1976. He is a distinguished professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona with numerous awards and honors in his field.