Peter Brewer

Affiliated Researcher

Specialties: Climate Change, Dead Zones and Hypoxia, Ocean Acidification

Prior to joining MBARI in 1991, Peter Brewer spent 24 years as a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, rising to the rank of Senior Scientist. He served as Program Manager for Ocean Chemistry at the National Science Foundation 1981-1983, receiving the NSF Sustained Superior Performance Award. He has taken part in more than 30 deep-sea cruises, and has served as Chief Scientist on major expeditions and on more than 90 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) dives with MBARI ships and vehicles. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Internationally he has served as a member of SCOR, and as Vice-Chair of JGOFS. He has served as a member of Vice-President Gore's Environmental Task Force, and as a member of MEDEA. He served as President of the Ocean Sciences Section of AGU from 1994-1996. He served as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on carbon capture and storage.

At MBARI he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1991-1996, completing major laboratory and SWATH ship construction programs and doubling the size of the Institution, before returning to full time research. His research interests are broad and include the ocean geochemistry of the greenhouse gases. He has devised novel techniques both for measurement and for extracting the oceanic signatures of global change. At MBARI his current interests include the geochemistry of gas hydrates, and the evolution of the oceanic fossil fuel CO2 signal. He has developed novel techniques for deep ocean laser Raman spectroscopy, and for testing the principles and impacts of deep ocean CO2 injection. He is author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers and editor of several books.

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Phone: (831) 775-1706

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