Spring 2022 Distinguished Scientist Lecture

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Logan Brenner ’12

Join us on Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 pm, as Logan Brenner ’12, Assistant Professor at Barnard College, delivers the spring Distinguished Scientist Lecture, entitled “The Coral Time Machine: Using Coral Geochemistry to Reconstruct Our Oceans.” Brenner will speak about her research on how to use corals to study climate change in the ocean.

This event is co-sponsored by the Geosciences Department and The Charles Lubin Family Chair for Women in Science.

About the Speaker

Logan Brenner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard College in New York City, and is the primary investigator of the Brenner Lab. She is a paleoclimatologist and paleoceanographer, someone who studies past oceans and climate, and an environmental scientist. Logan’s major research projects involve studying coral cores to answer questions about sea surface temperature, precipitation/salinity, and river discharge. She is also exploring how estuarine foraminifera and oysters can be used as environmental indicators. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2012 with a BA in Geosciences and then received her PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

In addition to her research, Logan is passionate about teaching, academic policy, and science communication. It is imperative to be able to communicate to a broad audience in order to successfully share your message. Furthermore, she believes that scientists must take a more active role in standing up for science and evidence-based policies. Logan’s goal is to be a science ambassador, taking scientific principles and making them accessible, applicable, and enjoyable to learn.

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