Bryan Mark

Professor, State Climatologist of Ohio, Faculty
Principal Investigator

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, 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: 

2017 Mark, B.G. and A. Fernandez. The significance of mountain glaciers as sentinels of climate and environmental change. Geography Compass 11(6). 2017;11:e12318.

2017 Mark, B.G., N. Stansell and G. Zeballos. The last deglaciation of Peru and Bolivia. Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (Geographical Research Letters). ISSN 1697-9540. doi:

2017 Huh, K.I., B.G. Mark, Y. Ahn and C. Hopkinson. Volume change of tropical Peruvian glaciers from multi-temporal digital elevation models (DEMs) and its volume surface area scaling. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 99(3), 222-239.

2017 Stansell, N. J. Licciardi, D.T. Rodbell and B.G. Mark. Tropical ocean-atmospheric forcing of Late Glacial and Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 4176–4185. DOI:10.1002/2016GL072408.

2017 La Frenierre, J. and B.G. Mark. Detecting Patterns of Climate Change at Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador by Integrating Instrumental Data, Public Perceptions and Glacier Change Analysis. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107(4), 979-997. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1270185.

2017 Hellström, R.A., A. Fernandez, B.G. Mark and J. Covert. Exploring scales of mountain valley winds and lapse rates in the Peruvian Andes: hydroclimatic insights from embedded observations and dynamical downscaling. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107, 260-273.

2016 Laborde, S., A. Fernández, S. C. Phang, I. M. Hamilton, N. Henry, H. C. Jung, A. Mahamat, M. Ahmadou, B. K. Labara, S. Kari, M. Durand, B. Mark, P. Scholte, N. Xiao, R. Ziebe, and M. Moritz. 2016. Social-ecological feedbacks lead to unsustainable lock-in in an inland fishery. Global Environmental Change 41, 13-25.

2016 Somers, L., Gordon, R., McKenzie, J., Lautz, L., Wigmore, O., Glose, A., Glas, R., Mark, B., Baraer, M., T. Condom. Quantifying groundwater-surface water interactions in a proglacial valley, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Hydrological Processes 30(17), 2915-2929. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10912.


Areas of Expertise
  • Earth-Water-Atmosphere Interactions
  • Tropical Glaciers
  • 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
Bryan Mark
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Columbus, OH 43210