Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Chip Breier
Dr. John A. Breier Jr.'s photoChip Breier
Adjunct Scientist
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 2932
Building: Blake 209

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 07
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

For a full description of my research please see my dedicated research website:

In short, I am interested in chemical and energy exchange between the lithosphere and the ocean and how this class of processes influences Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. I am particularly interested in dynamic processes including those associated with the mixing of deep-sea hydrothermal fluid and seawater as well as the dynamics of coastal freshwater/seawater mixing. My research is currently focused on the scavenging and transport of trace elements by iron, which involves to varying degrees questions of mineral formation and chemical reactivity, mineral and microbe interactions, and the chemical energy available for chemosynthesis. As both a geochemist and engineer, I am also interested in the development and application of ocean instrumentation and vehicles for the enhanced study of Earth system processes. 


Ph.D., Department of Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006.

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, TX, 1995.

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