Dr. Bryan Mark

State Climatologist of Ohio; Faculty Member, Geography Department

Current CV: Bryan Mark CV.pdf

Interests: Earth-Water-Atmosphere Interactions, Tropical Glaciers

Current Research: I am interested in climate-glacier-hydrologic dynamics over different time scales, with a particular focus on the coupled human-natural systems of water resources of the tropical Andes.  My Glacier Environmental Change research group affiliated with the Byrd Polar Research Center http://bprc.osu.edu/glacierchange/, addresses physical and human dimensions of environmental change in glacierized landscapes in sites all along the American Cordillera, as well as Africa and Asia. We collaborate with researchers in different institutions internationally, and use multiple methods from paleoclimatology, geomorphology, embedded instrumentation, hydrology, GIS, remote sensing, and biogeochemistry.

Courses Taught:
Geography 2800-Physical Geography and Environmental Issues
Geography 3901H-Global Climate and Environmental Change (Honors)
Geography 3900-Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
Geography 5900-Climatology
Geography 8901-Problems in Climatology (Climate History, Mountain Geography, Issues in Climate, Water & Carbon)
Geography 896-Interdisciplinary Seminar in Arctic & Alpine Research

Select Publications:
2011 Bury, J., B.G. Mark, J. McKenzie, A. French, M. Baraer, K.I. Huh, M. Zapata and J. Gomez. Glacier recession and human vulnerability in the Yanamarey watershed of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Climatic Change, 105(1-2): 179-206.

2010 Mark, B.G., J. Bury, J.M. McKenzie, A. French and M. Baraer. Climate Change and Tropical Andean Glacier Recession: Evaluating Hydrologic Changes and Livelihood Vulnerability in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Special Issue: Climate Change), 100(4), 794-805.

2009 Thompson, L.G., E. Mosley-Thompson, H.H. Brecher, D.R. Hardy and B.G. Mark. Glacier loss on Kilimanjaro Continues Unabated. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 106(47), 19770-19775.

2009 Rodbell, D.T., J.A. Smith and B.G. Mark. Glaciation in the Andes during the Late Glacial and Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 2165-2212.

2008 Mark, B.G. Tracing Andean glaciers over space and time: some lessons and transdisciplinary implications. Global and Planetary Change 60, 101-114.


Areas of Expertise
  • Climate Change
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Tropical Glaciers
  • Climate-Glacier-Hydrologic Dynamics on Human-Natural Systems
  • Ph.D. 2001, Syracuse University , Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse, NY, USA
  • M.A. 1995, The Ohio State University , Department of Geography, Columbus, OH, USA
  • B.A. 1992, Brown University , Department of History, Providence, RI, USA