Andy Bach

Professor · he/his


Andrew Bach is a Professor of Environmental Geography at Western Washington University. Dr. Bach received his doctorate in geography from Arizona State University in 1995. His Master's and undergraduate work in geography was completed at the University of California, Davis. I came to WWU in Fall of 1995, experiencing my first Silver Thaw and -6F temperature in December, just 4 months after suffering through 122F in Phoenix- rode my bike to work both days.  Dr. Bach currently teaches Introduction to Physical Geography,  Mountain Geography, and two soils courses. It's been a bummer to watch the glacier cover of the Cascades volcanoes, starting with Mt. Shasta, disappear during my lifetime; although it has become a research opportunity. In my free time I play disc golf, hitting my 85th career hole in one in 2021.


PhD Geography, Arizona State University; MA and BS Geography, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Research interests include glacial geomorphology, environmental change on Mt. Baker, Channeled Scablands, and soil genesis.  I am looking for a student who is interested in mapping glacial moraines deposited during the Little Ice Age. As well as students with a soil background who are interested in projects similar to this study:  Whelan, P., and A.J. Bach (2017) Retreating Glaciers, Incipient Soils, Emerging Forests:  One-Hundred Years of Landscape Change on Mt. Baker, Washington, U.S.A., Annals of the Association of American Geographers: 107:  336-349.