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Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
104E Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845 365-8306
(845) 365-8150


Fields of interest: 
Coral-based paleoclimatology in the Indo-Pacific, Sediment records of Western Pacific Warm Pool and Indonesian Throughflow variability

Brad Linsley is a Lamont Research Professor and Director of the Lamont-Doherty Stable Isotope Laboratory. He came to Lamont in 2011 after 16 years as a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany-SUNY. Brad is from the Connecticut shore where he developed a life-long interest in the oceans and estuaries. Following his Ph.D. research in marine sediment core-based paleoceanography at the University of New Mexico, Brad began working with and developing the use of massive corals as recorders of past oceanographic and climate conditions while a postdoctoral associate at Rice University in Houston. Since then the sediment and coral facets of his research have taken him to remote areas in the Pacific and Indonesia collecting sediment cores and coral cores from sites in Panamá, Clipperton Atoll, Fanning Atoll, Rarotonga, Fiji, Tonga, American Samoa, the Great Barrier Reef, the Makassar Strait in Indonesia, the Sulu Sea, and the New Guinea margin. Back in the lab, meticulous work on the coral cores generates near-monthly resolved geochemical reconstructions of water temperature and salinity over the last several centuries. The sediment cores are used to make deeper-time reconstructions of surface, intermediate and deep water conditions in the far western Pacific. Over his career, Brad has developed influential paleoclimate records from the circum-Pacific that have significantly advanced our understanding of interannual-multidecadal climate dynamics and millennial-scale variability in the ocean.


Check out Thomson-Reuters Article "Mortal Corals" December 2019:


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. Geology
University of New Mexico
M.S. Geology
University of South Carolina
B.S. Geology
St. Lawrence University

Lamont/DEES Student List: 
Dr. Logan Brenner (now Assistant Professor at Barnard College)
Dr. Emilie Dassie; (SUNY-Albany grad & postdoc at LDEO; now at the University of Bordeaux, France
Dr. Henry Wu: (SUNY-Albany; now Junior Group Leader at Dept. of Biogeochemistry & Geology Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen, Germany

Referenced in the Following News Items:

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Selected Publications:

Coral Record of Younger Dryas Chronozone Warmth on the Great Barrier Reef Brenner, Logan D; Linsley, Braddock K.; Webster, Jody M.; Donald Potts, Donald; Felis, Thomas; Gagan, Michael K.; Inoue, Mayuri, McGregor, Helen; Suzuki, Atsushi; Tudhope, Alexander; Esat, Tezer; Thomas, Alex; Thompson, William; Fallon, Stewart; Humblet, (2020) 10.1029/2020PA003962
Coral Carbon Isotope Sensitivity to Growth Rate and Water Depth with Palaeo-Sea Level Implications Linsley, B. K., Dunbar R.B.; Dassié E. P.; Tangri N.; Wu H.C.; Brenner L.D; Wellington G.M. Nature Communications Volume: 10:2056| (2019)
SPCZ zonal events and downstream influence on surface ocean conditions in the Indonesian Throughflow region Linsley, Braddock K.; Wu, Henry C.; Rixen, Tim; Chales, Christopher D.; Gordon, Arnold L.; Moore, Michael D. Geophysical Research Letters (2017)
A modern Sr/Ca-δ18O-Sea Surface Temperature calibration for Isopora corals on the Great Barrier Reef, Brenner, Logan D., D.; Linsley, Braddock K.; Potts, Donald C. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Volume: 32 (2017) doi:10.1002/2016PA002973
Decadal changes in South Pacific sea surface temperatures and the relationship to the Pacific decadal oscillation and upper ocean heat content Linsley, Braddock K.; Wu, Henry C.; Dassie, Emilie P.; Schrag, Daniel P Geophysical Research Letters 04/2015 Volume: 42 p.: doi:10.1002/2015GL063045. (2015)
Holocene Evolution of the Indonesian Throughflow and the Western Pacific Warm Pool Linsley, B.K.; Y. Rosenthal; D. W. Oppo, Nature Geoscience 2010 Volume: 3 p.: 578-583 (2010)