Dr. Mark Brenner

Department of Geological Sciences
University of Florida


Mark Brenner is a limnologist /paleolimnologist with special interests in tropical and subtropical lakes and watersheds.  He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Grinnell College (1973) and his MS (1978) and PhD (1983) degrees in Zoology at the University of Florida (UF), where he studied with Edward S. Deevey.  Between 1983 and 2000, Mark was affiliated with UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History, the Department of Soil and Water Science, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, where he conducted grant- and contract-supported research.  In 2000, he entered a tenure-track position in UF’s Department of Geological Sciences, where he is now Associate Professor. He also serves as Director of UF’s interdisciplinary “Land Use and Environmental Change Institute” (LUECI).  Mark teaches courses in Paleolimnology, Limnology, and Tropical Field Ecology, the latter a summer class taught in Yucatan, Mexico.  

            Mark’s paleolimnological research has addressed the broad topic of interactions among climate, environment, and humans.    Specifically, he has strong interests in the areas of: 1) recent human-mediated changes in Florida lakes, 2) the historical ecology of the lowland Maya region, 3) Pleistocene/Holocene paleoclimate of the circum-Caribbean, 4) environmental history of the Bolivian Altiplano, 5) paleoecology of Yunnan Province, China, 5) the history of El Niño events, 6) 210Pb dating, and 7) biological accumulation of 226Ra.   He has done fieldwork in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Haiti, Dominican Republic, China, Cambodia, and Florida.   A list of publications is available at http://web.geology.ufl.edu/faculty/brenner.html.

            Mark has been closely associated with the Journal of Paleolimnology since its inception in the 1980s. Mark became a member of the Journal of Paleolimnology Board of Advisors in 1992 and was appointed an Associate Editor in 1996.  Amongst his other claims to fame, he is also a veteran of the 1969 Woodstock Festival!

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