1996 …2024

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Scholarly Interests

Antarctic science, marine geology, environmental change, and paleomagnetism.

University profile

Dr. Brachfeld is the Acting Vice Provost for Research at Montclair State University. Dr. Brachfeld's team in the Office of Research supports and facilitates research production, administration, and compliance. Dr. Brachfeld is particularly interested in working across university divisions and offices to build our culture of research, modernize Montclair's research infrastructure, engage in research master planning, and advance Montclair's leadership role in New Jersey as a public doctoral research university.

Dr. Brachfeld is an active researcher and previous University Distinguished Scholar awardee. Her expertise is in marine geology, Antarctic System Science, paleoclimatology, paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, and planetary magnetism. Dr. Brachfeld has earned over $3.86M in research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, International Ocean Discovery Program, and Antarctic Drilling Program, and served as PI or co-PI on 5 instrumentation grants. She has served as an invited member of advisory boards for NSF-funded facilities and programs including the Institute for Rock Magnetism, Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility, US Polar Rock Repository, Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Polar Subcommittee of the NSF Geoscience Directorate. She currently chairs the Science Communication subcommittee of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC).

Dr. Brachfeld has participated in 11 marine geology and geophysics and paleoceanographic expeditions to Antarctica, the North Atlantic Ocean, and Arctic Ocean aboard the research vessels Nathaniel B. Palmer, Laurence M. Gould, US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, JOIDES Resolution, Marion Dufresne, and the Araon, and served in leadership roles as watch chief on 6 expeditions. She was an invited member of the Antarctic Drilling Program McMurdo Ice Shelf Science Team. Eight Montclair State University students have joined Dr. Brachfeld on these expeditions. Dr. Brachfeld is especially proud of her 70+ Montclair State University student advisees who are now gainfully employed as environmental professionals, geoscientists, K-12 educators, education and outreach specialists, government employees, postdocs, professors, and pursuing advanced STEM degrees.

Dr. Brachfeld previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the College of Science and Mathematics where she oversaw College curriculum, research support, facilities, and finance. Prior to serving in the Dean's Office Dr. Brachfeld was Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Director of the PhD program in Environmental Management, Graduate Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Program Advisor for the MS and BS programs in Earth and Environmental Science, and was the Founding Director of the electron microscopy facility now known as the Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory.

Dr. Brachfeld has longstanding interests in student fellowships and research grants, professional development and career planning, academic leadership development, and helping students and early career scientists locate level-appropriate research grant programs. She serves as a Resource Faculty Member for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Research interests

Fields of marine geology, Antarctic System Science, paleoclimatology, paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, and planetary magnetism.

Teaching

Dr. Brachfeld's teaching activities span Montclair State University’s General Education Program, University Honors Program, and bachelors, masters, and doctoral level courses in Earth and Environmental Studies. These include Introductory Marine Science, Advanced Marine Geology, Honors Seminar in Science, Earth Systems Science, X-ray Microanalysis, and Research Project I & II in Environmental Management. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Director of the PhD program in Environmental Management, Graduate Program Coordinator / Program Advisor for the MS and BS program in Earth and Environmental Science.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on Antarctic science, marine geology, environmental change, and paleomagnetism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Keywords

  • GC Oceanography
  • QE Geology
  • Antarctic Earth Science

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