Andy Anderson

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Phone: 413-542-2255


I regularly teach non-credit GIS courses and occasionally teach for-credit courses at UMass and Amherst College. I also regularly participate in the ECo Quantitative Sciences Group, assisting students with the design and interpretation of their experiments. Outside of work I like to hike, bike, and cross-country ski.

Primary Interests

  • Light Pollution
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • Data Science

Current Projects

  • Geographic distribution of light pollution
  • Textbook for an interdisciplinary survey course on light and the environment

Courses Taught

  • GIS Programming
  • Our Environment of Light
  • Community Service with Web-Based Geographic Information Science and Technology


  • Ph.D. Physics
  • B.S. Physics and Mathematics

Academic Affiliations

  • Amherst College – Academic Technology Specialist for Data Science and Spatial Analysis

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • American Association of Geographers
  • International Dark-Sky Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science