Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO),
Columbia Climate School
Director, Lamont-Doherty Core Repository
61 Route 9W Geosciences 109 Palisades, New York 10964 USA
Brendan Reilly is an Assistant Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. As a seagoing geological oceanographer, he explores the deep sea to uncover clues about how the Earth works. Brendan has worked in diverse locations, from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean, and his research has taken him to the ends of the Earth.
Brendan is also the Director of the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository, a massive collection of deep sea sediment cores and other seafloor samples from around the world. These cores provide researchers with invaluable insights into the Earth's past, allowing us to better understand how our planet has evolved over time.
Brendan's research often focuses on how ice sheets, like those in Greenland and Antarctica, have changed in the past using marine sediment cores. He is particularly interested in paleomagnetism, or the study of the ancient geomagnetic field as recorded in geologic materials, as a tool to better understand these archives. By analyzing the geomagnetic signals archived in sediment cores, Brendan can determine geologic time and make connections between otherwise disparate archives.
His current projects include (1) work on sediment cores recovered around Greenland as part of the 2015 Petermann Glacier Expedition, the 2019 Ryder Glacier Expedition, and the 2023 Baffin Bay Deglacial Experiment Expedition, and (2) work on drill cores from Scotia Sea contourite deposits recovered during International Ocean Disovery Program (IODP) Expedition 382 (Iceberg Alley).