In 2018, I created MargoLAB with the goal of bridging the gap between environmental science—including the study of climate change—and everyday people by using multimedia.

My hope is that as I continue to develop it, this platform will make understanding our changing environment more accessible by linking research outlines and publications with other resources, such as captivating photos, informative videos, and social media posts.

In time, I hope that MargoLAB will grow to host the work of many other scientists, artists and journalists, making it a collaborative platform for communicating important concepts to a broad audience.

—Andrew Margolin


I grew up in Iowa City, Iowa—about as far from the ocean as you can get—and somehow managed to become an oceanographer.

In high school, I focused on art classes including stained glass, photography and computer graphics, while I neglected math and science.

Due to my poor grades in math and science, I was not accepted into college and instead joined AmeriCorps, volunteering with various non-profit organizations in the southeastern United States and San Antonio, Texas.

During my first year in AmeriCorps, I was the photo representative for my team, which provided me with the opportunity to apply my photography skills and document our service, which I've since applied to documenting my fieldwork.

I didn't take many photos during my second year in AmeriCorps, but I did see the film An Inconvenient Truth, which compelled me to utilize my Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to study Earth science in Colorado, as well as pursue my passion for rock climbing.

After a year of working and improving my grades at the local community college, I was able to enroll at the University of Colorado as a resident through their Continuing Education program, and one year later I matriculated into the university as a full-time student.

Over the course of that year I became immersed in the university's Geology and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences departments, gaining my first research experience and declaring Chemistry as my major, which I still apply to understand our changing environment today.

During my final years in Colorado, my adventures with rock climbing in the mountains shifted to adventures with fieldwork at sea through the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where I spent two summers as a guest student before beginning graduate school at the University of Miami.

In the pursuit of my Ph.D. in Miami, my research honed in on understanding biogeochemical processes (e.g., nutrient delivery from rivers, degradation of organic material, and circulation pathways) in marginal seas (i.e., the Black Sea, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico), while also providing me with more opportunities at sea and abroad.

Through multiple visits to the (Ant)Arctic and my interest in science communication at sea via social media, I dubbed myself the nickname Arctic Andy, hoping to engage a broader audience in understanding environmental science and climate change.

At my current position at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, my goal is to apply my biogeochemical approach to understand how the coastal productivity, fisheries, and water quality that we depend on will be affected by climate change and our mitigation pathways.

No matter where you live—whether 'home' is on the coast or a landlocked state such as Iowa—you are connected to the ocean, either directly or indirectly via rivers and the atmosphere.

I am interested to explore how such human connections to the ocean affect its biogeochemistry, and vice versa—how the ocean's changing biogeochemistry affects humans and our natural resources.

Images: I designed and created 'stainedglass.png' in 2004 during high school, 'americorps.png' was taken from a 2005 News-Sun newspaper, 'climbing.png' was taken by me in 2008 during a 5-day solo-clean-aid climb of 'Prodigal Son' in Zion National Park, 'firstexpedition.png' was taken by S. Hoy in the Bransfield Strait in 2011, 'arcticandy.png' was taken by R. Carey during the 'AA5K' on Antarctica in 2013, 'landtosea.png' is of the Mackenzie River outflow in 2017 from

This website was designed in 2014 under the support of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program and is maintained by Andrew Margolin.

Updated 19 April 2020.