Brian earned a Ph.D in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University, St. Louis. Brian works in the Submarine Volcanism Project and studies the formation, evolution, and variability of volcanoes and igneous rocks. His interests also include the composition and evolution of the deep Earth, the interplay between plate tectonics and magmatism, geochronology, and geoscience education and outreach.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.