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Bryce M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Brown University


Climate science, geology, oceanography, limnology, environmental chemistry, paleoclimate / paleoceanography


Hello! I'm Bryce, a geology and climate science PhD student at Brown University. I study changes in the Earth's water cycle (the evaporation and precipitation of water) on geologic (thousand- to million-year) timescales using the chemistry of fossils and sediment. I have experience teaching undergraduate-level courses in a traditional classroom setting as well as mentoring numerous students in laboratory chemistry, statistics, and presentation skills: my primary objective is ensuring that my mentees think critically about the data they generate and learn to communicate it effectively to both general and academic audiences. I look forward to working with you – check out my bio for more information.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

African rainfall and climate – responses to a warming world?

The various African monsoons are the primary water source for over 1 billion people, and it is therefore crucial to understand how rainfall might change due to projected anthropogenic warming. Evidence suggests that a host of environmental variables (ocean temperatures, wind directions / speeds, etc.) control continental precipitation on timescales ranging from the 20th century to millions of years.

Coding skills

MatLab, Python

Teaching experience

Teaching assistant: EEPS 1310 The Global Water Cycle (Brown): taught basic Python for climate science applications, graded assignments, delivered guest lecture on paleoclimate / paleoceanography EPSS 1 Introduction to Earth Science (UCLA): taught labs, graded assignments Undergraduates mentored in lab chemistry and data analysis, several of whom presented their results at local or international conferences: Adin Richards, Wylie de Groff, Samantha Ouertani, and Brandon Stubbs (Brown University); Solana Buchanan (Rice University); Hayley Bricker, Nathan Davila, Savanah Trewman, Sean Burford, and Benjamin Tran (University of California, Los Angeles); Jorge Castro (Williams College) Outreach events organized: Exploring Your Universe! 2017 (UCLA) – Team leader, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils exhibit Exploring Your Universe! 2016 (UCLA) – Team leader, Rocks and Minerals exhibit Exploring Your Universe! 2015 (UCLA) – Team leader, Dinosaurs and Fossils exhibit Study Group Leader, Leadership Alliance program 2019 (Brown): led weekly professional development workshops for REU summer students from other universities


Work experience

Iris Environmental (2014 - 2015)
Staff Scientist
Yale University (2015 - 2015)
Research Assistant


Williams College
BA Bachelor of Arts (2013)
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
MS Master of Science (2018)
Brown University
MS Master of Science
Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Brown University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

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