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Warren Prell

Professor:
Geological Sciences
Phone: +1 401 863 3221
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3339
Warren_Prell@Brown.EDU

I research global-scale paleoceanography and local-scale estuarine oceanography. I am interested in the paleoceanographic evolution of the Cenozoic climate-ocean system and the interaction between global tectonic and orbital forcing on the evolution of climate. I study changes on the modern annual cycle and on geologic time scales. My estuarine oceanography research is on distribution and causes of low dissolved oxygen in Narragansett Bay.

Biography

I received a BA in 1966 with Honors from Hanover College, and a PhD in 1974 from Columbia University. I became director of oceanographic and geologic programs for the NYC Energy Research and Development Authority before being appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown in 1975. I was promoted to full professor in 1989, and was appointed to the Henry L. Doherty Chair in Oceanography in 1990.

Interests

My research seeks to understand the evolution of the Cenozoic climate-ocean system and especially the evolution of the Indian-Asian monsoon system and how it is forced by interaction between regional tectonic changes, orbital forcing, and inter-hemisphere ocean feedbacks. A major thrust in my ongoing collaborative grant with Z. Liu (U. of Wisconsin) is the generation of time dependant GCM simulations of past climate that enable us to directly compare paleoceanographic timeseries to climate model results. This collaboration has already yielded several publications.

My estuarine oceanography research seeks to understand the dynamics of carbon and nitrogen cycling in Narragansett Bay as related to the recent and past environmental history of the Bay. Our NOAA CHRP grant and Brown seed money support have produced exciting results, which were presented at the Estuarine Research Foundation 19th Biennial Conference in Providence in fall 2008. Topics included the Episodic Summer-Time Hypoxia in Narragansett Bay (Narragansett Bay CHRP) (Prell WL, Murray DW, Orchardo JM, Deacutis C, Saarman E), Grain Size Patterns and Elemental Composition of Surface Sediments from Narragansett Bay (Murray, D.W., Rincon, C.E., and Prell, W.L), and Benthic foraminifers as proxies for the spatial and temporal extent of hypoxia (Narragansett Bay CHRP) (Martin, April H, Prell, Warren L, Murray, David, Heggie, Keira). These initial studies have set the foundation for new proposals on eutrophication and environmental history of the Bay. To help develop the critical mass of researchers here at Brown, I have worked closely with Jeremy Rich, a new appointment in CES, to develop the seed money proposal "Developing an Interdisciplinary Research Team: Narragansett Bay as a Model System". The past year's research has generated the data for several publications, which are in preparation. The dynamics of carbon/Nitrogen cycling related to estuarine processes is a hot topic and one that Brown researchers can carve out a niche.

Awards

2008: Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2002: Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award for distinguished professional service

Affiliations

Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research, A Joint Institute of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2000-.

Chair, United States Science Advisory Committee (USSAC) to the JOI/United States Science Support Program of the Ocean Drilling Program, 2001-2004.

Member, Committee of Visitors for NSF review of Marine Geosciences Section, June 2003.

Member, external review committee for Duke University, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, February 2003.

Member, Advisory Council of the Department of Geological & Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 2000-.

Member, Nominating Committee, AGU Oceans Section, 2001-2003.

Member, MESH Steering Committee for NSF Marine Earth System History, 1993-2003.

Member of Steering Committee of EPILOG (Environmental Processes of the Ice Age: Land, Ocean, & Glaciers) an international program to understand past climates, 1998-.

Member of External Tenure Review Committee, 2000, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Member of External Review Committee for the Graduate Program in the College of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Oregon State University, 1997.

Member of Advisory Committee, Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), an international project endorsed by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program and the World Climate Research Program, 1996-.

Member of the Editorial Search Committee, American Geophysical Union, JGR-Oceans.

Member of External Tenure Review Committee, 1997, 1998, 1999, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Invited Member to NSF meeting on needs for an Ocean Data Assimilation Center as part of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), February 1997.

Member, Advisory Council of the Department of Geological & Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 1995-1999.

Member, JOIDES-ODP Ocean History Panel, 1994-1997.

Member, MESH Steering Committee for NSF Marine Earth System History, 1993-.

Member, NAS/U.S. National Committee for INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research), 1992-1996.

Member, NSF Review Panel, The Geologic Record of Global Change, 1990-1991.

Counselor for AMQUA, American Quaternary Association, elected 1990-1993.

Chair, Oversight Review Panel for NSF Ocean Drilling Program, 1989.
Member, Ocean Sciences Board (NRC) Committee on Oceans' Role in Global Change, 1989-1993.

Liaison Member to Advisory Committee for Earth Sciences, NSF, 1988-1990.

Member, Advisory Committee for the Atmospheric Sciences, NSF, 1987-1990.

Member, Narragansett Bay Project, Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, 1986.

Member, NOAA Review Panel, National Academy of Science, Ocean Studies Board, 1986.

Member of Indian Ocean Panel, Ocean Drilling Program, 1983-1988
Member, NSF Review Panel, JOI Proposal for Management of Ocean Drilling Program, 1984.

Member, NSF Review Panel for Submarine Geology and Geophysics, Ocean Sciences Program, 1980-1982.

Teaching

GEOL 0070: Introduction to the Oceans
GEOL 1100: Global Descriptive Physcial Oceanography
GEOL 1110: Estuarine Oceanography
GEOL 1120: Paleoceanography

ADVISING
Current Graduate Students:
Rocio Caballero

Former Graduate Students:
David Anderson, Ph.D. '91
Nicola Barratt, Sc.M. '88
Robert Breynaert, Sc.M. '86
Jiajie Chen, Ph.D. '94
Min-Te Chen, Ph.D. '94
Steven Clemens, Ph.D. '90
Jeffrey Donnelly, Ph.D. '00
Harry Dowsett, Ph.D. '88
Lisa DuBois, Ph.D. '94
John Farrell, Ph.D. '91
Paul Gay, Sc.M. '93
Josephine Cody Harper, Sc.M '84
William Howard, Ph.D. '92
Ching-Huei Kuo, Sc.M. 91
April Martin, Sc.M. '03
Rebecca Marvil, Sc.M. '84
Laurie McDonough-Masse, Sc.M. '95
Anne McKay, Sc.M. '94
Vicki McKenna, Ph.D. '00
Janet Moll Peterson, Sc.M. '81
Jeffrey Oslick, Ph.D. '98
Larry Peterson, Ph.D. '84
Elizabeth Rich, Sc.M. '85
Carlos Rincon Marquez, Sc.M. '06
Rebecca Six Turlington, Sc.M. '80
Gordon Start, Sc.M. '82
Melissa Trend Staid, Ph.D. '99
Larisa Szumakow Streeter, Sc.M. '92
Victor Zabiekski, Ph.D. '01
Zhen Zhou, Sc.M. '05

Funded Research

Some Recently Funded Research:
NOAA: Coastal Hypoxia Research Program: Modeling Tools to Understand and Manage Hypoxia: Application to Narragansett Bay, a collaborative project with the Graduate School of Oceanography, URI, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, University of Connecticut, Avery Point, and Brown University

RI-INBRE Collaborative Research Proposal, Fate of mercury contaminants in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, to the Institutional Development Award (IDeA)

Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), to work with Co-PI with David Taylor, at Roger Williams University

RI Sea Grant, A Multi-Proxy Reconstruction of Anthropogenic-Induced Productivity and Spatial Coupling in Narragansett Bay

NSF Grant, Collaborative Research into Indo-Asian Monsoon Variability: Data and Model Assessment of Northern- and Southern-Hemisphere, (Co-PI Steve Clemens)

NOAA Grant from Coastal Hypoxia Research Program: Modeling Tools to Understand and Manage Hypoxia: Application to Narragansett Bay, a collaborative project with the Graduate School of Oceanography, URI, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, University of Connecticut, Avery Point, and Brown University

A Wayland Collegium Grant: Faculty Seminar on Stable Isotope Systems As Recorders Of The History And Process Of Environmental Change, co-PI Osvaldo Sala

ECI Grant, Spatial And Temporal Controls On Global-Scale Marine Biodiversity Using Planktonic Foraminifer Populations

ECI Grant, Testing the Use of Alkenones and Biomarkers to Develop an Independent Temperature and Environmental History of Narragansett Bay, Co-PI Tim Herbert

Proposal to the OVPR research fund, Developing an Interdisciplinary Research Team: Narragansett Bay as a Model System, Jeremy Rich, Steven Hamburg, Meredith Hastings, Heather Leslie, Warren Prell

NSF IGERT preproposal: IGERT: Futurizing Past Climate and Environmental Change, PI Warren Prell, Co-PIS Linda Amaral Zettler, MBL; John Marston, Physics; Martin Maxey, Applied Mathematics; James Russell, Geological Sciences; Brown University Senior Personnel, Steven Clemens, Meredith Hastings, Timothy D. Herbert, Yongsong Huang, Charles Lawrence, Jessica Whiteside and Zhengyu Liu, Director and Professor, Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Curriculum Vitae

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