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Professor Andrew Mackintosh is Head of the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment. Prior to his appointment at Monash in 2019, he was the Director of the Antarctic Research Centre as well as Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He served as Director of the Antarctic Research Centre from 2017-2019, and Deputy Director and Associate Professor from 2013-2017. He was appointed at Victoria University of Wellington in 2002, and prior to this from 1999-2001 was a European Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (UK), a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1stClass) from the University of Newcastle (Australia), and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Professor Mackintosh is internationally recognised for his research on the large-scale interactions between glaciers, ice sheets and the climate system. He has worked extensively on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and New Zealand glaciers, as well as the Greenland Ice Sheet and glaciers in Iceland and South America. In Wellington Andrew secured research funds of ~10 million dollars to develop a research group that is internationally known for applying numerical models of glaciers in combination with high-quality geochronology to understand past, present and future ice behaviour. His work has led to new understanding of glacier response to anthropogenic and natural climate variability, as well as providing new insights into the physical mechanisms that are causing rapid and potentially irreversible changes in ice sheets today. His former Masters and PhD students have continued to elite universities and laboratories, and have gone on to win their own competitive grants, and fellowships. 

Professor Mackintosh carries out a significant amount of international service to his discipline. In 2015 Andrew was reappointed as Secretary General of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences for a second four-year term. In this role, he helped organise three major international conferences in Davos, Switzerland (2013), Prague, Czech Republic (2015), and Wellington, New Zealand (2017). In 2015 Andrew was elected to the council of the International Glaciological Society, and in 2017, he was selected as a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). He has previously served on the editorial board of Geology magazine, and is currently a Review Editor for Frontiers of Cryospheric Sciences. He has been a visiting Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University, USA, and a Benjamin Meaker visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, UK. He is currently an adjunct at the University of Tasmania, and Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Mackintosh has given scores of public talks and media interviews in addition to briefings to politicians, including sitting and former New Zealand Prime Ministers Rt. Hon. Helen Clark (2018), Rt. Hon. Jacinda Adern, Minister for Science Dr Megan Woods (2016), and former Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae (2016).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne

External positions

Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

1 Oct 201831 Dec 2019

Secretary General, International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

31 Jul 201131 Dec 2019


  • glaciers, climate, sea level, ice sheets, Antarctica

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Research Output 2000 2019

Climate amelioration during the Last Glacial Maximum recorded by a sensitive mountain glacier in New Zealand

Eaves, S. R., Mackintosh, A. N. & Anderson, B. M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Geology. 47, 4, p. 299-302 4 p.

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IACS: Past, present, and future of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Allison, I., Fierz, C., Hock, R., Mackintosh, A., Kaser, G. & Nussbaumer, S. U., 16 Apr 2019, In : History of Geo- and Space Sciences. 10, 1, p. 97-107 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Modern, Preindustrial, and Past (Last 25 ka) Carbon Isotopic (δ 13 C) Variability in the Surface Waters of the Southwest Pacific

Maxson, C. R., Bostock, H. C., Mackintosh, A., Mikaloff-Fletcher, S., McCave, N. & Neil, H. L., 30 Apr 2019, In : Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 34, 4, p. 692-714 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dynamics of an outburst flood originating from a small and high-altitude glacier in the Arid Andes of Chile

Iribarren Anacona, P., Norton, K., Mackintosh, A., Escobar, F., Allen, S., Mazzorana, B. & Schaefer, M., 1 Oct 2018, In : Natural Hazards. 94, 1, p. 93-119 27 p.

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Further constraint of the in situ cosmogenic 10 Be production rate in pyroxene and a viability test for late Quaternary exposure dating

Eaves, S. R., Collins, J. A., Jones, R. S., Norton, K. P., Tims, S. G. & Mackintosh, A. N., 1 Oct 2018, In : Quaternary Geochronology. 48, p. 121-132 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

A bird’s eye view of New Zealand’s changing glaciers

Andrew Martin Lorrey, Andrew Mackintosh & Brian M. Anderson


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The unusual case of the 'growing' glaciers

Andrew Mackintosh


1 media contribution

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Antarctic glacier's past rapid retreat

Andrew Mackintosh


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The cold, hard truth

Andrew Mackintosh


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