Logan Brenner joined the Barnard faculty in 2019. She is a paleoclimatologist (someone who studies past climate) interested in reconstructing past oceanic conditions using the geochemistry of stony corals. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2012 with a B.A. in Geosciences where she studied stalagmites (cave formations) to develop a history of precipitation in Yucatan, Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where she studied coral geochemistry with one project focusing on the hydroclimate off the Pacific coast of Panamá and another on the changing sea surface temperatures in the Great Barrier Reef.
Logan’s research interests currently lie at the intersection of climate and environmental science. She is a geochemist that studies past climate change in tropical regions. She applies these same methodologies to answer questions about modern coastal conditions. Her current projects involve studying the geochemical composition of coral skeletons to develop histories of ocean temperature, precipitation, salinity, and coastal factors such as river discharge.
In addition to her research, Logan is passionate about science communication, science and policy, and the role STEM plays in higher education.
- BA, Geosciences, Skidmore College
- PhD, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
- Environmental Science
- EESC BC300, Workshop in Sustainable Development
- EESC BC3800/3801, Senior Thesis Seminar
- American Geophysical Union
- The Oceanography Society
- Geological Society of America
Brenner, Logan D., (2018), State of the Planet, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 16(2), doi: 10.1002/aps.1616.
Linsley, B.K., Dunbar, R.B., Dassié, E.P., Tangri, N., Brenner, L.D., and Wellington, G.M., South Pacific Coral Skeletal d13C Evidence for Rising Atmospheric CO2Affects on Calcification, Nature Communications, 10, 2056, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10054-x
Brenner, Logan, D., Linsley, B.K., Dunbar, R.B., (2017), Examining the utility of coral Ba/Ca as a proxy for river discharge and hydroclimate variability at Coiba Island, Gulf of Chiriquí, Panamá, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 118(1-2), 48-56, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.02.013.
Brenner, Logan D., Linsley, B.K., Potts, D.C. (2017), A modern Sr/Ca δ18O-Sea Surface Temperature calibration for Isopora corals in the Great Barrier Reef, Paleoceanography, 32(2), 182-194, doi: 10.1002/2016PA002973.
Dassie, Emilie, Kristine L. DeLong, Hali Kilbourne, Branwen Williams, Nerilie Abram, Logan Brenner, Chloé Brahmi, Kim Cobb, Thierry Corrège, Delphine Dissard, Julien Emile-Geay, Heitor Evangelista, Michael Evans, Jesse Farmer, Thomas Felis, Michael Gagan, David Gillikin, Nathalie Goodkin, Myriam Khodri, Ana Carolina Lavagnino, Michèle LaVigne, Claire Lazareth, Braddock Linsley, Janice Lough, Helen McGregor, Intan Nurhati, Gilman Ouellette, Laura Perrin, Maureen Raymo, Brad Rosenheim, Michael Sandstrom, Bernd Schöne, Abdelfettah Sifeddine, Samantha Stevenson, Diane Thompson, Amanda Waite, Alan Wanamaker, and Henry Wu, (2016), Save our Marine Annually-Resolved Proxy Archives (MARPA)!, Eos, 98, doi: 10.1029/2017EO068159.
Brenner, Logan D., Linsley, B.K., Dunbar, R.B. (2016), Coral δ18O evidence for Pacific Ocean mediated decadal variability in ITCZ rainfall back to the early 1700s (2016), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 491, 385-396.
Brenner, Logan D., Science over Skepticism: Climate Change and Current Science (Columbia University Reunion, 2019).
Linsley, B. K., Dunbar, R.B., Dassié, E.P., Tangri, N., Brenner, Logan D., Wellington, G., South Pacific Coral Skeletal 13C Evidence for Rising Atmospheric CO2 Affects on Calcification (American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, 2018).
Brenner, Logan D., Linsley, B. K., Dunbar, R., Examining the utility of coral Ba/Ca as a proxy for river discharge and hydroclimate variability at Coiba Island, Gulf of Chiriquí, Panamá (Poster, American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, 2017).
Brenner, Logan D., Linsley, B. K., Potts, D.C., Felis, T., McGregor, H.V., Gagan, M.K., Inoue, M., Tudhope, A.W., Esat, T.M., Thompson, W.G., Tiwari, M., Fallon, S., Humblet, M., Yokoyama, Y., Webster, J., Development and Application of Sr/Ca- δ18O-Sea Surface Temperature calibrations for Last Glacial Maximum-Aged Isopora corals in the Great Barrier Reef (Poster, American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, 2016).