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Andrew Bartnik

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Andrew grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where his proximity to the ocean fostered a curiosity to explore and understand the natural world. Andrew is broadly interested in topics across a variety of fields and graduated in 2020 from the University of Arkansas with bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science along with minors in Mathematics and Physics. Upon graduating, Andrew began working for the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS) in 2021 with an international group of researchers, where he used computational methods to model the thermodynamics of amino acid synthesis on Enceladus – a moon of Saturn – to assess its potential for abiogenesis. While retaining an interest in astrobiology, Andrew gravitated towards the intersection between data science and the environment and pursued his interest in using data to understand the natural world. As a Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) student at the UCSB Bren school of the Environment, Andrew hopes to develop a strong foundation in data science and machine learning techniques while applying them towards furthering our understanding across a broad range of earth and environmental issues. Andrew enjoys learning, traveling, philosophy, reading, exercising, and anything that involves exploring the outdoors.

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