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Braddock Linsley

Lamont Research Professor and Director, Lamont-Doherty Stable Isotope Laboratory

Braddock (Brad) Linsley is a Lamont Research Professor and Director of the Lamont-Doherty Stable Isotope Laboratory. He came to Lamont in 2011 after 16 years as a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany-SUNY. Linsley is from the Connecticut shore where he developed a life-long interest in the oceans. Following his Ph.D. research in marine sediment core-based paleoceanography at the University of New Mexico, Linsley began working with and developing the use of massive corals as recorders of past oceanographic and climate conditions while a postdoctoral associate at Rice University in Houston. Since then the sediment and coral facets of his research have taken him to remote sites across the Pacific studying sediment cores and coral cores from sites in Panamá, Clipperton Atoll, Fanning Atoll, Rarotonga, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Great Barrier Reef, the Makassar Strait in Indonesia, the Sulu Sea, and the New Guinea margin. Back in the lab, meticulous work on the coral cores generates near-monthly resolved geochemical reconstructions of water temperature and salinity over the last several centuries. The sediment cores are used to make deeper-time reconstructions of surface, intermediate and deep water conditions in the far western Pacific. Linsley recently returned from a 9 week expedition on the JOIDES Resolution drill ship as part of Ocean Discovery Program Leg (IODP leg 363) in the western Pacific warm pool. Over his career, Linsley has developed influential paleoclimate records from the circum-Pacific that have significantly advanced our understanding of interannual-multidecadal climate dynamics and millennial-scale variability in the ocean.


  • P.h.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.S., University of South Carolina
  • B.S., St. Lawrence University