Sabrina Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Programs: Biology, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems

Phone: 419-783-2598


Sabrina Brown


Environmental Science, geoscience, paleoecology, limnology, surface processes, climate


Ongoing projects with Defiance College students include:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Bioassessment of the Maumee River Valley
  • McMaster School Local Initiative - PATH Center
  • Paleoecology of Lily Lake, Wyoming


Morgan L, Shanks P, Pierce K, Iverson N, Schiller C, Brown SR, Zahajska, Cartier R, Cah R, Best J, Whitlock C, Fritz S, Lovalvo D, Lowers H, Benzel W, 2022. The dynamic floor of Yellowstone Lake: The last 14-kya of hydrothermal explosions, doming, faulting, and slumping, GSA Bulletin

Brown SR, Cartier R, Schiller CM, Zahajská P, Conley D, Fritz SC, Morgan LA, Shanks WC III, Whitlock C, Leng M, Lacey JH, 2021. A high-resolution record of Holocene paleoenvironmental conditions inferred from Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, formatted for submission to Quaternary Science Reviews. 

Schiller, CM, Whitlock, C, Brown SR, 2021. Holocene geo-ecological evolution of Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Quaternary Research. 

Chellman N, Pederson GT, Lee CM, McWethy DB, McConnell JR, Puseman K, Stone JR, Brown SR, 2021. Wyoming Ice Patch Record of Rapid Holocene Climate Variability Paralleled Human Activity, Quaternary Science Advances. 

Brown SR, Stone JR, McLennan D, Latimer J, Westover KS, 2020. Landscape-lake interactions in the Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming: A 350-year fire history reconstruction. Journal of Paleolimnology. 

Brown SR, Baysinger A, Brown PM, Cheek JL, Diez JM, Gentry CM, Grant TA III, St. Jacques JM, Jordan DA, Leef ML, Rourke MK, Speer JH, Spradlin CE, Stevens JT, Stone JR, Van Winkle B, Zeibig-Kichas NE, 2020. Fire history across forest types in the southern Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming. Tree-Ring Research. 

Brown SR, Fritz SC, Morgan LA, Shanks WC III, 2019. Fossilized diatoms of siliceous hydrothermal deposits in Yellowstone National Park, USA. Diatom Research. 

Brown SR and Fritz SC, 2019. Eukaryotic residents of terrestrial hydrothermal systems. Extremophiles. 

Spanbauer TL, Brown SR, Cartier R, Conley DJ, Fritz SC, Schiller CM, Theriot EC, Whitlock C, Zahajská P, 2018. Yellowstone Lake coring projects: Research with a history. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. 


Brown, SR, 2022. A glimpse into Yellowstone Lake's past environment. Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. 

Brown, SR, 2020. Fire history of a WBP-dominated treeline in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming. Nutcracker Notes: Journal of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Issue 39. 


Ph.D. in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2019)
M.S. in Earth & Quaternary Sciences, Indiana State University (2016)
B.S. in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Indiana State University (2014)