Andy Whitham received his B.Sc. (Hons) from Durham University in 1981 and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1985. His Ph.D. focused on the processes involved in the deposition of subaqueous pyroclastic flows and was supervised by Steve Sparks. He subsequently spent five years at the British Antarctic Survey working as a sedimentologist. Whilst at BAS he looked at a succession of deep marine Late Jurassic organic-rich mudstones containing air-fall ash deposits. He also investigated a Coniacian succession of deep-marine, coarse-grained, reworked volcaniclastics.
He joined CASP in 1990 where he has worked on the Jurassic to Cenozoic evolution of East Greenland and its application to the understanding of the Mid-Norwegian continental shelf. This has involved sedimentology, regional geology, sediment transport pathways, provenance and general basin evolution. In 2007 he undertook fieldwork in southern Libya looking at the Early Paleozoic succession.
Andy is currently in charge of CASP work in southern Libya and East Greenland and has been Chief Geologist since 2003.
- Thusu, B., Rasul, S., Paris, F., Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Abutarruma, Y. and Whitham, A.G. (2013). "Latest Ordovician-earliest Silurian acritarchs and chitinozoans from subsurface samples in Jebel Asba, Kufra Basin, SE Libya". Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 197: p90-118
- Meinhold, G., Morton, A.C., Fanning, C.M., Howard, J.P., Phillips, R.J., Strogen, D. and Whitham, A.G. (2013). "Insights into crust formation and recycling in North Africa from combined U–Pb, Lu–Hf and O isotope data of detrital zircons from Devonian sandstone of southern Libya". Geological Society, London, Special Publications 386: doi: 10.1144/SP386.1
- Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Strogen, D., Kaye, M.D., Abutarruma, Y., Elgadry, M., Thusu, B. and Whitham, A.G. (2013). "Hydrocarbon source rock potential and elemental composition of lower Silurian subsurface shales of the eastern Murzuq Basin, southern Libya". Marine and Petroleum Geology 48: p224-246