John Breier

Associate Professor
School of Earth, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

BLHSB 1.802
(956) 882-5040

Curriculum Vitae


2006 Ph.D. Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin
1996 Reactor Engineering School, DOE Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
1995 B.S. cum laude Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Areas of Interest

Dynamic mixing processes including the mixing of coastal freshwater and seawater and the mixing of geofluids with seawater. Chemical and energy exchange between the lithosphere and the ocean and how this class of processes influences Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. The scavenging and transport of trace elements, which involves to varying degrees questions of mineral formation and chemical reactivity, mineral and microbe interactions, and the chemical energy available for chemosynthesis. The development and application of ocean instrumentation and vehicles for the enhanced study of Earth system processes. Predictive environmental modeling and model validation.

Research Overview

Recent Publications

  • Govindarajan, A.F., J. Pineda, M. Purcell, and J.A. Breier. 2015. Species- and stage-specific barnacle larval distributions obtained from AUV sampling and genetic analysis in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, USA. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 472, 158-165,
  • Anantharaman, K., J.A. Breier, and G.J. Dick. 2016. Metagenomic resolution of microbial functions in deep-sea hydrothermal plumes across the Eastern Lau Spreading Center. The ISME Journal 10(1), 225-239, doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.81.
  • Reed, D.C., J.A. Breier, J. Jiang, K. Anantharaman, C.A. Klausmeier,  B.M. Toner, C. Hancock, K. Speer, A.M. Thurnherr, and G.J. Dick. 2015. Predicting the response of the deep-ocean microbiome to geochemical perturbations by hydrothermal vents. The ISME journal 9(8), 1857-1869, doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.4.


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