Brandon Browne

Professor- On Leave AY20-21

Dr. Browne tried out a couple different degree paths as an undergraduate student before taking an introductory geology course. He liked it right away and has been a geologist ever since. His research on magmatic and volcanic processes has taken him to places like Alaska, Kamchatka, Japan, and Mexico. His current research projects at volcanoes in the California Cascades and Sierra Nevada involve students acquiring data at scales ranging from microns to kilometers and interpreting processes that occur over timescales ranging from milliseconds to millennia. He started working as a geology professor in the CSU system in 2005.

Specialty Area

Igneous petrology, volcanology, field geology

HSU's Volcanology class examining pyroclastic deposits from the 1666 AD eruption of Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic National Park (Photo by Trevor McBroom)

Teaching

Dr. Browne teaches introductory geology courses, like GEOL 109 - General Geology; upper division geology courses, like GEOL 312 - Earth Materials, GEOL 314 - Petrology, and GEOL 474 - Volcanology; geologic mapping courses like GEOL 435 - Geologic Field Methods and GEOL 475 - Geology Field Camp; and general education geology courses, like GEOL 300 - Geology of California and GEOL 303 - Earths Resources.

HSU's petrology class at Yellow Butte, Siskiyou County  (Photo by Trevor McBroom)

 

Education

Ph.D., Geology, 2005, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
M.S., Geology, 2001, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
B.S., Environmental Science, 1998, Oregon State University
B.S., Geology, 1998, Oregon State University

Courses Taught

GEOL 109: General Geology
GEOL 300: California Geology
GEOL 303: Earth's Resources
GEOL 312: Earth Materials (Mineralogy)
GEOL 314: Petrology
GEOL 380: Advanced Petrology
GEOL 474: Volcanology
GEOL 435: Geologic Field Methods II
GEOL 475: Summer Geology Field Camp
GEOL 482: Instrumental Methods in Geology (Scanning Electron Microscopy)
GEOL 485: Geology Senior Seminar
GEOL 554: Advanced Field Geology

Research

Dr. Browne's research uses geologic mapping and field relations of volcanic deposits coupled with geochemical, petrological, and experimental analytical techniques to investigate a variety of magmatic and volcanic processes. His current research projects examine the volume, extent, and manner in which magma was erupted as well as better understand a variety of pre-eruptive magmatic differentiation processes in Alaska (Augustine Volcano, Aniakchak Volcano), northern California (Mount Shasta), and the eastern California (Golden Trout Volcanic Field).

Publications

Articles and Selected Abstracts (student author): 

Browne, B.L., Khoury, R. (2019) The compositionally and thermally-zoned rhyolite erupted from Long Canyon Dome, Golden Trout Volcanic Field, Kern Plateau, Sierra Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 51, No. 4, ISSN 0016-7592 doi: 10.1130/abs/2019CD-329698

Szymanski, M.E., Browne, B.L. (2019) Sr and Nd isotope compositions of Quaternary mafic lavas of the Golden Trout Volcanic Field, Kern Plateau, Sierra Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 51, No. 4, ISSN 0016-7592 doi: 10.1130/abs/2019CD-329019

Diniega, S., Sangha, S., Browne, B.L., (2018) Using satellite imagery to identify and analyze tumuli on Earth and Mars. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 482, p. 52-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.028

Browne, B.L., Sion, B.D., Phillips, F., Nicholson, R., (2017) Eruption styles and late Pleistocene ages from 36Cl dating of Groundhog Cone, the most recent and unglaciated basaltic volcano in the Golden Trout Volcanic Field, Kern Plateau, Sierra Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 49, No. 6 doi: 10.1130/abs/2017AM-295298  

Browne, B.L., Becerra, R.Campbell, C.Saleen, P.Wille, F., (2017) Quaternary basaltic volcanism in the Golden Trout Volcanic Field, southern Sierra Nevada, California. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.05.028

Browne, B.L., Tepley, F., (2016) Very coarse-grained plagioclase-CPX-hornblende orthocumulate xenoliths from East Tanaga Volcano, western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs vol 48, No 4, https://doi: 10.1130/abs/2016CD-274417

Browne, B.L., Szramek, L. (2015) Rates of Magma Ascent and Storage. Encyclopedia of Volcanoes 2nd Edition, Sigurdsson, H., Houghton, B., McNutt, S., Rymer, H., Stix, J. (eds) Academic Press, p. 203-214

Churikova, T.G., Ivanov, B.V., Eichelberger, J., Worner, G., Browne, B., Izbekov, P. (2013) Major and trace element zoning in plagioclase from Kizimen Volcano (Kamchatka): Insights into magma-chamber processes. Journal of Volcanology and Seismology, v. 7, p. 112-130 

Steiner, A., Browne, B.L., Nye, C. (2012) Quenched Mafic Inclusions in ≤2,200 yrs B.P. deposits at Augustine Volcano, Alaska. International Geology Review DOI:10.1080/00206814.2011.636641

Browne, B.L., Bursik, M., Deming, J.Louros, M.Martos, A., and Stine, S., (2010) Eruption Chronology and Petrologic Reconstruction of the Holocene Eruption of Red Cones, Southern Inyo Chain, California. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1401-1422. https://doi.org/10.1130/B30070.1

Browne, B.L., P. Izbekov, J. Eichelberger, T. Churikova, (2010) Constraints on the Pre-Eruptive Storage Conditions of the Holocene-Aged KZI Dacite Magma Erupted from Kizimen Volcano, Kamchatka. International Geology Review 52, issue 12, p. 95-110

Blazevic, M., Kirby, M., Woods, A., Browne, B.L., Bowman, D. (2009). A sedimentary facies model for glacial-age sediments in Baldwin Lake, Southern California, Sedimentary Geology, 219, p. 151-168.

Coombs, M.L., McGimsey, R.G., Browne, B.L. (2008), Preliminary volcano-hazard assessment for Gareloi Volcano, Gareloi Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5159, 36 pp.

Coombs, M.L., McGimsey, R.G., Browne, B.L. (2007), Preliminary volcano-hazard assessment for the Tanaga Volcanic Cluster, Tanaga Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5094, 46 pp.

Browne, B.L. (2006) Investigating Magma Withdrawal Dynamics During Plinian Eruptions Through Mineral and Eruptive Stratigraphies: Examples From the Chemically Zoned 400 yr BP Eruption of Half Cone Volcano, Aniakchak National Park, Alaska. Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V53E-05

Browne, B.L., Gardner, J.E., (2006) The Influence of Magma Ascent Path on the Texture, Mineralogy, and Formation of Hornblende Reaction Rims. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 246, 161-176

Eichelberger, J.C., Izbekov, P.E., Browne, B.L. (2006) Bulk Chemical Trends at Arc Volcanoes are not Liquid Lines of Descent. Lithos 87, 135-154

Browne, B.L., Eichelberger, J.C., Patino, L.C., Vogel, T.A., Uto, K., Hoshizumi, H., (2006) Magma mingling as indicated by texture and geochemistry of plagioclase phenocrysts from Unzen volcano, SW Japan. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 154, 103-116

Browne, B.L., Eichelberger, J.C., Patino, L.C., Vogel, T.A., Dehn, J., Uto, K., Hoshizumi, H., (2006) Generation of porphyritic and equigranular enclaves during magma mingling at Unzen volcano, SW Japan. Journal of Petrology 47, 301-328

Browne, B.L., Gardner, J.E. (2005) The transport and deposition of pyroclastic material from the ~1000 A.D. caldera-forming eruption of Volcán Ceboruco, Nayarit, Mexico. Bulletin of Volcanology 67, 469-489

Browne, B.L., Gardner J.E. (2004) The nature and timing of caldera collapse as indicated by accidental lithic fragments from the ~1000 A.D. eruption of Volcán Ceboruco, Mexico. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 130, 93- 105


Maps:

Coombs, M.L., McGimsey, R.G., and Browne, B.L. (2012) Geologic Map of Mount Gareloi, Gareloi Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2012-3145, 1 plate

photo of Dr. Brandon Browne at Crater Lake
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