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Zachary Brown

Title:Ph.D Student, Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Primary Affiliation:Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Office Location:Mitchell Building A67
Research Group:Marine Biogeochemistry
Phone:(650) 736-0688
Fax:(650) 725-7344


My research interest lies in the ecology of phytoplankton. At the interface between the physical/chemical processes of the ocean and the upper trophic levels of marine life, the phytoplankton touches all aspects of marine science. In particular, I use a combination of fieldwork and remotely-sensed data to understand the role of the phytoplankton in high-latitude marine ecosystems.



Marine Biogeochemistry

Remote Sensing of the Oceans

Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Ocean Circulation


  • Ashland High School, 2003 (valedictorian)
  • BA, Pomona College, 2007 (chemistry)

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) in 2011.
  • Finalist, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 2007.
  • Awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Grant for a one-year post-baccalaureate research position at Pomona College with Dr. Nina Karnovsky. 
  • Received an HHMI Grant for interdisciplinary summer research (undertaken at Pomona College and UAF in the summer of 2006) 
  • Won Pomona College’s F.S. Jennings Prize in Critical Writing in Spring 2006. 
  • Earned the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship for exceptionally able high school seniors. 

University Service

  • President of Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences (SES) Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), 2009-2010.
  • Stanford University campus liaison for MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education).

Courses Taught

  • Marine Biogeochemistry (TA), Professor Kevin Arrigo.
  • Remote Sensing of the Oceans (TA), Professor Kevin Arrigo.
  • Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Ocean Circulation (TA), Professor Leif Thomas.


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