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Bryan Mark

Bryan Mark

Bryan Mark



(614) 247-6180

1136 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Geography
  • Climate and Environmental Change
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Glaciers and Water
  • Mountain Studies


  • Ph.D. 2001, Syracuse University , Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse, NY, USA
  • M.A. 1995, The Ohio State University , Department of Geography, Columbus, OH, USA
  • B.A. 1992, Brown University , Department of History, Providence, RI, USA

State Climate Office of Ohio

Current CV: 


Interests: Earth-Water-Atmosphere Interactions, Tropical Glaciers

Current Research: I am a broadly trained physical geographer and like to do field work with my students. Our Glacier Environmental Change research group within the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center focuses mostly on climate-glacier-hydrologic dynamics over different time scales, emphasizing processes of climate change, glaciers and water in mountain regions. We do field work in glaciated landscapes of the American Cordillera, particularly the Peruvian Andes and Great Basin of Nevada, as well the Hindu Kush Himalaya and Africa. We collaborate internationally and use field, lab and computer-based methods from multiple disciplines including paleoclimatology, glacial geology, geomorphology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. I am also interested in local climate and assist with delivering climate services as part of the State Climate Office of Ohio.

Courses Taught: 
Geography 2800-Physical Geography and Environmental Issues
Geography 3901H-Global Climate and Environmental Change (Honors)
Geography 3900-Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
Geography 5900-Climatology
Geography 8901-Problems in Climatology (Climate History, Mountain Geography, Issues in Climate, Water & Carbon)
Geography 8896-Interdisciplinary Seminar in Arctic & Alpine Research

Select Publications:

Stansell, N.D., M.B. Abbott, M.B. Diaz, J.M. Licciardi, B.G. Mark, P.J. Polissar, D.T. Rodbell, T.Y. Shutkin (2023). Pre-industrial Holocene glacier variability in the tropical Andes as context for anthropogenically driven ice retreat. Global and Planetary Change 229, 104242.

2022 Mateo, E.I., B.G. Mark, R.A. Hellström, M. Baraer, J.M. McKenzie, T. Condom, A. Cochachin Rapre, G. Gonzales, J.Q. Gomez and R.C. Cruz Encarnacion. High-Temporal-Resolution Hydrometeorological Data Collected in the Tropical Cordillera Blanca, Peru (2004–2020). Earth System Science Data 14, 2865-2882. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-2865-2022.

2022 Wilson, A., A. Avila-Diaz, L. Oliveira, C.F. Zuluga and B.G. Mark. Climate Extremes and Their Impacts on Agriculture across the Eastern Corn Belt Region of the U.S. Weather and Climate Extremes 37, 100467. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2022.100467.

2022 Stansell, N.D., Mark, B.G., Licciardi, J.M., Rodbell, D.T., Fairman, J.G., Schoessow, F.S., Shutkin, T.Y., & Sorensen, M. Energy mass balance and flow modeling of early Holocene glaciers in the Queshque valley, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Quaternary Science Reviews 281, 107414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107414.

2021 Quenta, E., V. Crespo-Pérez, B.G. Mark, A.L. Gonzales and A. Kulonen. Mountain freshwater ecosystems and protected areas in the tropical Andes: insights and gaps for climate change adaptation. Environmental Conservation 49(1), doi: 10.1017/S0376892921000382.

2021 Colbert, C.Y., J.C. French, A. Brateanu, S.E. Pacheco, S.B. Khatri, S. Sapatnekar, V. Vacharathit, L.C. Pien, A. Prelosky-Leeson, R. LaRocque, B. Mark, and R.N. Salas. An Examination of the Intersection of Climate Change, the Physician Specialty Workforce, and Graduate Medical Education in the U.S. Teaching and Learning in Medicine :1–12. DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2021.1913417.

2021 Cooper, C.S., D.F. Porinchu, S.A. Reinemann, B.G. Mark, and J.Q. DeGrand. A Lake Sediment–Based Paleoecological Reconstruction of Late Holocene Fire History and Vegetation Change in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA. Quaternary Research 2021, 1–15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2021.17.

2020 Sambuco, E., B.G. Mark, N. Patrick, J.Q. DeGrand, D.F. Porinchu, S.A. Reinemann, G. Baker and J.E. Box. Mountain temperature changes from embedded sensors spanning 2000m in Great Basin National Park, 2006-2018. Frontiers in Earth Science – Hydrosphere (part of Special Research Topic: Connecting Mountain Hydroclimate Through the American Cordilleras, guest-edited by Fernandez, A., Mark, B.G., and Baraer, M.). https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2020.00292.