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Erik T. Brown


Large Lakes Observatory
University of Minnesota Duluth
2205 E. 5th St.,
Research Laboratory Building 207
Duluth, MN 55812

Tel. (218) 726-8891

Fax: (218) 726-6979

email: etbrown at


  • Paleoclimate records preserved in lake sediments and development of new climate proxies for paleolimnology.
  • Biogeochemistry of trace metals and nutrients in lakes.
  • Use of cosmogenic nuclides for quantitative examination of surface processes including erosion, landscape evolution, glacial history and neotectonics.


MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Ph.D.
Princeton, A.B.


  • GEOL 1610, Oceanography
  • GEOL 3710, Introduction to Geochemistry
  • LIM 5002, Physical and Chemical Limnology
  • GEOL 5710, Aqueous Geochemistry


S.M. Colman, E.T. Brown, R.A. Rush, 2013, “Mid-Holocene drought and lake-level change at Elk Lake, Clearwater County, Minnesota: Evidence from CHIRP seismic-reflection data” The Holocene 23 460-465, doi: 10.1177/0959683612460793

X. Liu, S.M. Colman, E.T. Brown, E.C. Minor, H. Li, 2013, “Estimation of carbonate, total organic matter, and biogenic silica content by FTIR and XRF techniques in lacustrine sediments” Journal of Paleolimnology, doi:10.1007/s10933-013-9733-7

X. Liu, S.M. Colman, E.T. Brown, A.C. Henderson, J.P. Werne, J. Holmes, 2013, “Abrupt deglaciation on the NE Tibetan Plateau: evidence from Lake Qinghai” Journal of Paleolimnology, doi:10.1007/s10933-013-9721-y

J.R. Rodysill, JM Russell, S Bijaksana, ET Brown, LO Safiuddin, H Eggermont, 2012, “A paleolimnological record of rainfall and drought from East Java, Indonesia during the last 1,400 years” Journal of Paleolimnology 47, 125-139, doi: 10.1007/s10933-011-9564-3

D.A. Hodell, AV Turchyn, CJ Wiseman, J Escobar, JH Curtis, M Brenner, A Gilli, AD Mueller, F Anselmetti, D Ariztegui, ET Brown, 2012, “Late Glacial temperature and precipitation changes in the lowland Neotropics by tandem measurement of d18O in biogenic carbonate and gypsum hydration water” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 77, 352-368.

E.T. Brown, J. P. Werne, S. Lozano-García, M. Caballero, B. Ortega-Guerrero, E. Cabral-Cano, B. L. Valero-Garces, A. Schwalb, and A. Arciniega-Ceballos, 2012, “Scientific Drilling in the Basin of Mexico to Evaluate Climate History, Hydrological Resources, and Seismic and Volcanic Hazards” Scientific Drilling 14, 72-75, doi:10.2204/

Z. An, S.M. Colman, W Zhou, X Li, ET. Brown, A. J. T. Jull, Y Cai, Y. Huang, X Lu, X Chang, Y Song, Y Sun, H Xu, W Liu, Z Jin, X Liu, P Cheng, Y Liu, L Ai, X Li, X Liu, L Yan, Z Shi, X Wang, F Wu, X Qiang, J Dong, F Lu, X Xu, 2012, “Interplay between the Westerlies and Asian monsoon recorded in Lake Qinghai sediments since 32 ka” Scientific Reports 2, 619, doi: 10.1038/srep00619

P.J. Fawcett, J.P. Werne, R.S. Anderson, J.M. Heikoop, E.T. Brown, M.A. Berke, S.Smith, F. Goff, L. Hurley, L.M. Cisneros-Dozal, S. Schouten, J.S. Sinninghe Damsté, Y. Huang, J. Toney, J. Fessenden, G. WoldeGabriel, V. Atudorei, J.W. Geissman, and C.D. Allen, 2011, "Coupled Warming and Aridity in the American Southwest During mid-Pleistocene Interglacials", Nature 470, 518-521.

B.L. Konecky, JM Russell, TC Johnson, ET Brown, MA Berke, JP Werne, Y Huang, 2011, “Atmospheric circulation patterns during late Pleistocene climate changes at Lake Malawi, Africa” Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 312, 15 318-326.

S. Mischke, I. Rajabov, N. Mustaeva, C. Zhang, U. Herzschuh, I. Boomer, E.T. Brown, N. Andersen, A. Myrbo, E. Ito and M.E. Schudack, 2010, "Modern hydrology and late Holocene history of Lake Karakul, eastern Pamirs (Tajikistan): A reconnaissance study" Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.02.004, 289, 10-24.

E.T Brown, 2010, "Lake Malawi's response to "megadrought" terminations: Effects of flooding, weathering and erosion on carbon and silica sequestration" Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.01.038.

T.C. Johnson, E.T. Brown and J. Shi, 2010, "Biogenic Silica Deposition in Lake Malawi, East Africa Over the Past 150,000 Years", Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.01.024.

A.P. Burnett, C.E. Weyhenmeyer, C.A. Scholz, and E.T. Brown, 2010, "Long term climate change recorded in sediments from Lake Tanganyika, Tropical East Africa, over the past 90+ Kyrs", Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.02.011.

C.A. Scholz, M.R. Talbot, E.T. Brown, and R.P. Lyons, 2010, "Lithostratigraphy, physical properties and organic matter variability in Lake Malawi Drillcore sediments over the past 145,000 years", Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.10.02.

C.A. Scholz, A.S. Cohen, T.C. Johnson, J. King, M.R. Talbot, E.T. Brown, 2010, "Scientific Drilling in the Great Rift Valley: The 2005 Lake Malawi Scientific Drilling Project - An overview of the past 145,000 years of climate variability in Southern Hemisphere East Africa", Palaeogeog, Palaeoclim, Palaeoecol., doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.10.030.

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