Jason Briner

Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado – 2003

410 Hochstetter Hall
(716) 645-4326


Quaternary and glacial geology, paleoclimatology, arctic environmental change

Research Interests

My interests lie in the broad field of Quaternary geology and global climate change. I study glacial settings to better understand ice sheet processes, glacial landscape evolution and past glacier fluctuations. I also study paleoenvironments recorded in Holocene and Pleistocene lake sediments to better understand paleoclimate, which provides a template for modern global change.

Course Offerings

  • GLY 101/102 – Global Environmental Science
  • GLY 312 – Surface Processes and Hydrology I
  • GLY 445/545 – Glacial Geology
  • GLY 453/553 – Quaternary Dating and Paleoclimate
  • GLY 478/578 – Advanced Field Methods: Alaska’s Changing Glacial Landscapes
  • GLY 499 – Independent Study
  • GLY 599 – Supervised Teaching
  • GLY 633 – Graduate Research
  • GLY 700 – Thesis Guidance

Current Students

Please see the Paleoclimate Lab for a list of current students. 

Recent Publications

Valentine, G.A., Cortes, J.A., Widom, E., Smith, E.I., Rosoazanamparany, C., Johnsen, R., Briner, J.P., Harp, A.G., and Turrin, B. (submitted). Lunar Crater Volcanic Field (Reveille and Pancake Ranges, Basin and Range Province, Nevada, USA. Geosphere.

Philipps, W.*, Briner, J.P., Bennike, O., Schweinsberg, A., Beel, C., Lifton, N. (submitted). Earliest Holocene deglaciation of the central Uummannaq Fjord system, West Greenland. Boreas.

Pendleton, S.L..*, Briner, J.P., Kaufman, D.S., and Zimmerman, S. (submitted). Using cosmogenic 10Be exposure dating and lichenometry to constrain Holocene glaciation in the central Brooks Range, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research.

Philipps, W.*, Briner, J.P., Gislefoss, L., Koffman, T., Fabel, D., Xu, S., and Hormes, A. (submitted). Late Holocene glacier activity at inner Hornsund and Scottbreen, southern Svalbard. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Young, N.E., Briner, J.P., Maurer, J., and Schaefer, J.M. (submitted). 10Be measurements in bedrock constrain erosion beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophysical Research Letters.

Gump, D.J.*, Briner, J.P., Mangerud, J., and Svendsen, J.I. (submitted). The deglaciation of Boknafjorden, southwestern Norway. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Cronauer, S.L.*, Briner, J.P., and Kelley, S.E.* (submitted). Early Holocene alpine glacier and ice sheet moraines in central West Greenland deposited in tandem with Laurentide Ice Sheet meltwater events. Boreas.

Schaefer, J.M., Finkel, R., Balco, G., Alley, R.B., Caffee, M., Briner, J.P., Young, N.E., Gow, A.J., and Schwartz, R. (submitted). GISP2 bedrock reveals extended periods of ice-free Greenland during the Pleistocene. Nature.

Schweinsberg, A.D.*, Briner, J.P., Miller, G.H., Bennike, O., and Thomas, E.K. (submitted). Local glaciation in West Greenland linked to North Atlantic Ocean circulation during the Holocene. Geology.