Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Office: 541-737-8197

Burt Hall

Burt Hall 141

2651 SW Orchard Avenue

2651 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Paleoclimatology, geochemistry, ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust



Ed Brook is the director of COLDEX, an NSF Science and Technology Center formed in 2021 that is in search of the oldest ice in Antarctica. The main goal of this work is to extend the continuous ice core record to at least 1.5 million years, in order to grow our understanding of how the earth responded during warmer periods.


Paleoclimatology, geochemistry

Research Interests

Ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust


B.S. Geology, Duke University, 1985
M.S. Geology, University of Montana, 1988
Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program, 1993


GEO 518 - Geoscience Communication
GEO 486/586 - Quaternary Paleoclimatology
GEO 684 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles
GEO 699 - Geological History of the Climate Cycle


WAIS Divide Ice Core
NEEM Ice Core
South Pole Ice Core
East GRIP Ice Core

Research Group Website

OSU Ice Core and Quaternary Geochemistry Lab

Recent Publications

Bauska, T., S. Marcott and E. Brook, 2021. Abrupt changes in the global carbon cycle during the last glacial period.  Nature Geoscience, 14, 91-96.

 Epifanio, J.A., Brook, E.J., Buizert, C., Edwards, J.S., Sowers, T.A., *Kahle, E.C., Severinghaus, J.P., Steig, E.J., Winski, D.A., Osterberg, E.C. and Fudge, T.J., 2020. The SP19 chronology for the South Pole Ice Core–Part 2: gas chronology, Δage, and smoothing of atmospheric records. Climate of the Past16(6),2431-2444.

 *Ryu, Y., Ahn, J., Yang, J.‐W., Brook, E. J., Timmermann, A., Blunier, T., Hur, S. and Kim, S.J., 2020. Atmospheric nitrous oxide variations on centennial time scales during the past two millennia. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 34, e2020GB006568. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006568.

 Menking, J.A., Brook, E.J., Schilt, A., Shackleton, S., Dyonisius, M., Severinghaus, J.P. and Petrenko, V.V., 2020. Millennial‐Scale Changes in Terrestrial and Marine Nitrous Oxide Emissions at the Onset and Termination of Marine Isotope Stage 4. Geophysical Research Letters47(22), p.e2020GL089110.

 Lee, J.E., Brook, E.J., Bertler, N.A., Buizert, C., Baisden, T., Blunier, T., Ciobanu, V.G., Conway, H., Dahl-Jensen, D., Fudge, T.J. and Hindmarsh, R., 2020. An 83 000-year-old ice core from Roosevelt Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Climate of the Past16(5),1691-1713.

 Ceperley*, E.G., Marcott, S.A., Reusche, M.M., Barth, A.M., Mix, A.C., Brook, E.J. and Caffee, M., 2020. Widespread early Holocene deglaciation, Washington Land, northwest Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews231, 06181.

Dyonisius*, M.N., Petrenko, V.V., Smith, A.M., Hua, Q., Yang, B., Schmitt, J., Beck, J., Seth, B., Bock, M., Hmiel, B. and Vimont, I., 2020. Old carbon reservoirs were not important in the deglacial methane budget. Science367(6480), 907-910.

Lee, J.E., Edwards, J.S., Schmitt, J., Fischer, H., Bock, M. and Brook, E.J., 2020. Excess methane in Greenland ice cores associated with high dust concentrations. Geochimica et cosmochimica acta270, pp.409-430.

Shackleton*, S., Baggenstos, D., Menking, J.A., Dyonisius, M.N., Bereiter, B., Bauska, T.K., Rhodes, R.H., Brook, E.J., Petrenko, V.V., McConnell, J.R. and Kellerhals, T., 2020. Global ocean heat content in the Last Interglacial. Nature geoscience13(1), pp.77-81.

Marcott, S.A., P.U. Clark, J.D. Shakun, E.J. Brook, P.T. Davis, M.W. Caffee, 2019. 10Be age constraints on latest Pleistocene and Holocene cirque glaciation across the western United States.  npj Nature Climate and Atmospheric Science, 2, Article number:5.

Winstrup, M., Vallelonga, P., Kjær, H.A., Fudge, T.J., Lee, J.E., Riis, M.H., Edwards, R., Bertler, N.A., Blunier, T., Brook, E.J. and Buizert, C., 2019. A 2700-year annual timescale and accumulation history for an ice core from Roosevelt Island, West Antarctica. Climate of the Past15, pp.751-779.

Winski, D.A., Fudge, T.J., Ferris, D.G., Osterberg, E.C., Fegyveresi, J.M., Cole-Dai, J., Thundercloud, Z., Cox, T.S., Kreutz, K.J., Ortman, N. and Buizert, C., 2019. The SP19 chronology for the South Pole Ice Core–Part 1: volcanic matching and annual layer counting. Climate of the Past15(5).

 Chowdhry Beeman*, J., Gest, L., Parrenin, F., Raynaud, D., Fudge, T.J., Buizert, C. and Brook, E.J., 2019. Antarctic temperature and CO 2: near-synchrony yet variable phasing during the last deglaciation. Climate of the Past15(3).

Fischer, H., Schmitt, J., Bock, M., Seth, B., Joos, F., Spahni, R., Lienert, S., Battaglia, G., Stocker, B.D., Schilt, A. and Brook, E.J., 2019. N2O changes from the Last Glacial Maximum to the preindustrial–Part 1: Quantitative reconstruction of terrestrial and marine emissions using N2O stable isotopes in ice cores. Biogeosciences16(20), pp.3997-4021.

Yan*, Y., Bender, M.L., Brook, E.J., Clifford, H.M., Kemeny, P.C., Kurbatov, A.V., Mackay, S., Mayewski, P.A., Ng, J., Severinghaus, J.P. and Higgins, J.A., 2019. Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice. Nature574(7780), pp.663-666.

Menking, J.A., Brook, E.J., Shackleton, S.A., Severinghaus, J.P., Dyonisius, M.N., Petrenko, V., McConnell, J.R., Rhodes, R.H., Bauska, T.K., Baggenstos, D. and Marcott, S., 2019. Spatial pattern of accumulation at Taylor Dome during Marine Isotope Stage 4: stratigraphic constraints from Taylor Glacier. Climate of the Past15, pp.1537-1556.

Shackleton*, S., Bereiter, B., Baggenstos, D., Bauska, T.K., Brook, E.J., Marcott, S.A. and Severinghaus, J.P., 2019. Is the noble gas‐based rate of ocean warming during the Younger Dryas overestimated?. Geophysical Research Letters46(11), pp.5928-5936.

Brook, E.J. and Buizert, C., 2018. Antarctic and global climate history viewed from ice cores. Nature558(7709), pp.200-208.

Bauska, T.K., Brook, E.J., Marcott, S.A., Baggenstos, D., Shackleton, S., Severinghaus, J.P. and Petrenko, V.V., 2018. Controls on millennial‐scale atmospheric CO2 variability during the last glacial period. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(15), pp.7731-7740.

Reusche, M.M*., Marcott, S.A., Ceperley, E.G., Barth, A.M., Brook, E.J., Mix, A.C. and Caffee, M.W., 2018. Early to Late Holocene Surface Exposure Ages From Two Marine‐Terminating Outlet Glaciers in Northwest Greenland. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(14), pp.7028-7039.

Brook, E.J. and Buizert, C., 2018. Antarctic and global climate history viewed from ice cores. Nature, 558(7709), p.200.

Prokopiou, M*., Sapart, C. J., Rosen, J., Sperlich, P., Blunier, T., Brook, E., van de Wal, R. S. W., & Röckmann, T. (2018). Changes in the isotopic signature of atmospheric nitrous oxide and its global average source during the last three millennia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD029008.

Bertler, N.A., Conway, H., Dahl-Jensen, D., Emanuelsson, D.B., Winstrup, M., Vallelonga, P.T., Lee, J.E., Brook, E.J., Severinghaus, J.P., Fudge, T.J. and Keller, E.D., 2018. The Ross Sea Dipole-temperature, snow accumulation and sea ice variability in the Ross Sea region, Antarctica, over the past 2700 years. Climate of the Past14(2), pp.193-214.