Uwe Brand

Professor, Earth Sciences and Chancellor’s Chair for Research

Office: Mackenzie Chown D424
905 688 5550 x3529

Isotope Carbonate–hydrogeochemist interested in stable and radiogenic isotopes and their application to climate/environmental change in epeiric seas and oceans of the geologic past, and the evaluation of the ecologic health of modern watersheds

  • 1988–present: Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology & Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh; and during 2008–2010 Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence (Brock University).
  • 1993–1999: Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology, University of Toronto.
  • 1989–2001: Professor (part-time), Department of Geology, McMaster University
  • 1983–1988: Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University
  • 1980–1983: Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University
  • 1979–1980: NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO)
  • Ph.D. University of Ottawa
  • M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.Sc. University of Waterloo

Voting Member, Bashkirian–Moscovian Boundary Working Group (ICS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy) with international scientists: Alekseev, Altiner, Dzhenchuarva, Fissuenko, Fohrer, Groves (chair), Kulagina, Lambert, Nemyrovskaya, Nikolaeva, Pazuhkin, Poletaev, Samankassou, Turner, Ueno, Villa & Wang.

Professor Uwe Brand of the Department of Earth Sciences is part of a group of 25 internationally renowned geoscientists from 11 countries (including Canada) involved in EU project Horizon 2020 BASE-LINE EARTH.

Brachiopods As SEnsitive tracers of gLobal mariNe Environment: Insights from alkaline, alkaline Earth metal, and metalloid trace element ratios and isotope systems.

BASE-LiNE Earth is an Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon 2020 ‘European Union Funding Programme for Research and Innovation’ (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014; REA Grant Agreement No. 643084) with EURO 3,75 million. The project started on January 1st, 2015 and will run until December 31st, 2018.

We plan to train 15 PhD students in state-of-the-art geochemistry with application to the instrumental (Thermo-Fisher) and energy (DEA) industry. These positions are open to candidates of all nationalities.

For more information: https://www.baseline-earth.eu/


External activities

  • Hydrogeochemist, CERTI Environmental Consultants
  • Editorial Board: Carbonates & Evaporites; Chemical Geology
  • Voting Member, Bashkirian–Moscovian/Morrowan–Atokan Boundary Working Group, Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy (International Commission on Stratigraphy, IUGS).
  • Grant Reviewer (NSERC, NSF, NERC)
  • Journal Publication Reviewer


  • ERSC 1F01 Planet Earth
  • ERSC 3P11 Carbonate Sedimentology
  • ERSC 3P31 Geochemistry
  • ERSC 4P31 Watershed Analysis


Awards & Distinctions

  • 2010 – 2013, Editor-in-Chief, Chemical Geology
  • 2008. Brock University Chancellor’s Research Chair.
  • 2004. Volunteer Work Award, House of Commons, A. Tirabassi, MP–Niagara Ctr
  • 2003. Volunteer Recognition Award, City of Welland, Welland B & C Dev. Corp.
  • 1999. Conservation Achievement Award, Niagara Pen. Conservation Authority
  • 1998. Conservation Achievement Award, Niagara Pen. Conservation Authority
  • 1995. Distinguished Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada
  • 1990. Past President’s Medal of the Geological Association of Canada
  • 1980. Outstanding Paper Award, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
  • 1979–1980. NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo



  •  Isotope thermometry
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoceanography
  • LPIA, end Permian, Triassic/Jurassic events


Most of the research articles listed below (and others) can be downloaded from ResearchGate.

Research Articles (since 2008)

  • BRAND, U., CAME, R.E., AFFEK, H., AZMY, K., MOOI, R., LAYTON, K. 2014. Climate-forced change in Hudson Bay seawater composition and temperature, Arctic Canada. Chemical Geology, 388, 78-86.
  • AZMY, K., STOUGE, S., BRAND, U., BAGNOLI, G., RIPPERDAN, R., 2014. High-resolution chemostratigraphy of the Cambrain-Ordovician GSSP: enhanced international correlation tool. Palaeogeog. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 409, 135-144.
  • CAME, R.E., BRAND, U., AFFEK, H.P., 2014. Calibration of the carbonate clumped isotope paleothermometer using modern brachiopods. Chemical Geology, 377, 20-30.
  • GARBELLI., C., ANGIOLINI, L., BRAND, U., JADOUL, F., 2014. Brachiopod fabric, classes and biogeochemistry: implications for the reconstruction and interpretation of seawater carbon-isotope curves and records. Chemical Geology, 371, 60-67.
  • BLAMEY, N.J.F., AZMY, K., BRAND, U., 2014. Provenance and burial history of cement in standstones: a geochemical investigation. Sedimentary Geology, 299, 30-41.
  • BABATUNDE, J.O., AZMY, K., BRAND, U., 2014. Dolomites of the Boat Harbour Formation in the Northern Peninsula, western Newfoundland, Canada: implications for dolomitization history and porosity control. American Association of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, 98, 765-791.
  • BRAND, U., AZMY, K., BITNER, A.M., LOGAN, A., ZUSCHIN, M., CAME, R., RUGGIERO, E., 2013. Oxygen isotopes and MgCO3 in brachiopod calcite and a new paleotemperature equation. Chemical Geology, 359, 23-31.
  • AZMY, K., LAVOIE, D., WANG, Z., BRAND, U., AL-AASM, I., JACKSON, S., GIRARD, I., 2013. Magnesium-isotope and REE compositions of Lower Ordovician carbonates from eastern Laurentia: implications for the originan of dolomites and limestones. Chemical Geology, 356, 64-75.
  • AZOMANI, E., AZMY, K., BLAMEY, N.J.F., BRAND, U., 2013. Origin of Lower Ordovician dolomites in eastern Laurentia: controls on porosity and implications from geochemistry. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 40, 99-114.
  • SCHMAHL, W.W., GREISSHABER, E., KELM, K., GOETZ, A., JORDON, G., BALL, A., XU, D., MERKEL, C., BRAND, U., 2012. Heirachial structure of marine shell biomaterials: biomechanical functionalization of calcite by brachiopods. Zeitscrift fur Kristallographie, 227, 793-804.
  • BRAND, U., POSENATO, R., CAME, R., AFFEK, H., ANGIOLINI, L., AZMY, K., FARABEGOLI, E., 2012. The end-Permian mass extinction: a rapid volcanic CO2 & CH4 – climate catastrophe. Chemical Geology, 322-323, 121-144.
  • BRAND, U., JIANG, G., AZMY, K., BISHOP, J., MONTANEZ, I.P. 2012. Diagenetic evaluation of a Pennsylvanian carbonate succession (Bird Spring Formation, Arrow Canyon, Nevada, U.S.A.) – 1: brachiopod and whole rock comparison. Chemical Geology, 308-309, 26-30.
  • GARBELLI, C., ANGIOLINI, L., JADOUL, F., BRAND, U. 2012. Micromorphology and differential preservation of Upper Permian brachiopod low-Mg calcite. Chemical Geology, 298-299, 1-10.
  • BRAND, U., LOGAN, A., BITNER, M.A., GRIESSHABER, E., AZMY, K., BUHL, D. 2011. What is the ideal proxy of Palaeozoic seawater chemistry? Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, 41, 9-24.
  • AZMY, K., BRAND, U., SYLVESTER, P., GLEESON, S.A., LOGAN, A., BITNER, M.A. 2011. Biogenic and abiogenic low-Mg calcite (bLMC and aLMC): evaluation of seawater-REE composition, water masses and carbonate diagenesis. Chemical Geology, 280, 180-190.
  • BRAND, U., AZMY, K., TAZAWA, J.-I., SANO, H., BUHL, D. 2010. Hydrothermal diagenesis of Paleozoic seamount carbonate components. Chemical Geology, 278, 173-185.
  • BRAND, U., TAZAWA, J.-I., SANO, H., AZMY, K., LEE, X. 2009. Is mid-late Paleozoic ocean chemistry coupled with epeiric seawater isotope records? Geology, 37, 823–826.
  • GRIESSHABER, E., KELM, K., SEHRBROCK, A., SCHMAHL, W.W., MADER, W., MUTTERLOSE, J., BRAND, U. 2009. Amorphous calcium carbonate in the shell material of the brachiopod Megerlia truncata . European Journal of Mineralogy.
  • AZMY, K., POTY, E., BRAND, U. 2009. High-resolution isotope stratigraphy of the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in the Namur-Dinant Basin, Belgium. Sedimentary Geology, 216, 117–124.
  • McCARTHY, D.P., CRAIG, B., BRAND, U. 2009. Lichen monitoring of urban air quality, Hamilton, Ontario, Chapter 10. In: Relating Atmospheric Source Apportionment to Vegetation Effects: Establishing Cause and Effect Relationships. A.H. Legge (Ed). Developments in Environmental Science, 9, 243–262.
  • KORTE, C., JONES, P.J., BRAND, U., MERTMANN, D., VEIZER, J. 2008. Oxygen isotope values from high latitudes: clues for Permian sea-surface temperature gradients and Late Paleozoic deglaciation. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclimatol., Palaeoecol., 269, 1–16.
  • GRIESSHABER, E., NEUSER, R.D., BRAND, U., SCHMAHL, W.W. 2008. Texture and microstructure of modern Rhynchonellide brachiopod shells – an onthogenetic study. Am. Ceramic Soc., 92, 722–734.

Selected Older Publications

  • CAME, R.E., EILER, J., VEIZER, J., AZMY, K., BRAND, U., WEIDMAN, R., 2007. Coupling of surface temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations during the Paleozoic era. NATURE, 449, 198-201.
  • BRAND, U., LOGAN, A., HILLER, N., and RICHARDSON, J. 2003. Geochemistry of modern brachiopods: applications and implications for oceanography and paleoceanography. Chem. Geol. 198, 305–334. (cross-listed in Virtual Journal of Geobiology: 1B – Biota-Hydrosphere/Cryosphere Interactions, v. 2, issue 6, June 2003).
  • SMITH, P.E., BRAND, U., and FARQUHAR, R.M., 1994. U/Pb systematics and alteration trends of Pennsylvanian-aged aragonite and calcite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 58, 313–322.
  • BRAND, U., 1991. Strontium isotope diagenesis of biogenic aragonite and low-Mg calcite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 55, 505–513.
  • Morrison, J.O., and Brand , U. 1986. Paleoscene #5. Geochemistry of Recent marine invertebrates. Geoscience Canada, 13, 237–254.
  • Brand, U., and Veizer, J. 1980. Chemical diagenesis of a multicomponent carbonate system-1: trace elements. Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 50, 1219–1236.



Student Projects

  •  MSc1 – Biogeochemistry of Canadian Arctic brachiopods – impacts of climate change; involves the geochemical (trace and REE chemistry and stable isotopes) investigation of brachiopods from the Canadian Arctic and Hudson Bay
    MSc2 – Biogeochemistry of Russian Arctic brachiopods – impacts of climate change; involves the geochemical (trace and REE chemistry and stable isotopes) investigation of brachiopods from the Russian Arctic (White Sea)
  • PhD – culturing of modern brachiopods in the lab at OSC (Ocean Science Centre, Memorial University) as well as at Little Cayman Island Research Station LCIRS), using the latest flow-through aquatic systems – co-supervision with A. Mercier (OSC). Study involves culturing of cold (OSC) and warm LCIRS) water brachiopods under different temperature, pH, nutrient and oxygen regimes.