John   A.  Breier  Jr

Associate Professor  

Office: BLHSB 2.816
Phone: (956) 882-6625

Dr. John A. Breier Jr

I am a geochemist and engineer. I study the ocean with a focus on the chemical and energy transfer at its boundaries – along seafloor spreading centers as well as the coasts. I am especially interested in processes that are dynamic in time and highly variable in space. To study these processes, I use a variety of techniques including remotely operated and autonomous vehicles, sensor networks, and custom instrumentation.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Dynamic marine mixing processes.
    • Chemical and energy exchange at ocean boundaries.
    • The scavenging and transport of trace elements.
    • Instrument and autonomous vehicle development.
    • Telerobotics for ocean science applications.
  • Education

    • PhD, Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University - College Station, 1995
  • Currently Teaching

    EEMS 6385 06 - Graduate Research:
    Course Evaluations

Selected Publications

  • D.L. Valentine, G.B. Fisher, O. Pizarro, C.L. Kaiser, D. Yoerger, John Breier, and J. Tarn. "Autonomous marine robotic technology reveals an expansive benthic bacterial community relevant to regional nitrogen biogeochemistry," Environmental science & technology 50, no. 20 (2016): 11057-11065.

  • C.F. Breier, S.M. Pike, F. Sebesta, K. Tradd, John Breier, and K.O. Buesseler. "New applications of KNiFC-PAN resin for broad scale monitoring of radiocesium following the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster," Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 307, no. 3 (2016): 2193-2200.

  • Binbin Wang, Scott Socolofsky, John Breier, and Jeffrey Seewald. "Observations of bubbles in natural seep flares at MC 118 and GC 600 using in situ quantitative imaging," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 121, no. 4 (2016): 2203-2230.

  • Brandy Toner, Christopher German, Gregory Dick, and John Breier. "Deciphering the complex chemistry of deep-ocean particles using complementary synchrotron x-ray microscope and microprobe instruments," Accounts of chemical research 49, no. 1 (2015): 128-137.

  • Sarah Bennett, Cindy Van Dover, John Breier, and Max Coleman. "Effect of depth and vent fluid composition on the carbon sources at two neighboring deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields (Mid-Cayman Rise)," Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers no. 0 (2015).

  • Meng Li, Brett Baker, Karthik Anantharaman, Sunit Jain, John Breier, and Gregory Dick. "Genomic and transcriptomic evidence for scavenging of diverse organic compounds by widespread deep-sea archaea," Nature communications 6, (2015): 8933.

  • Karthik Anantharaman, John Breier, and Gregory Dick. "Metagenomic resolution of microbial functions in deep-sea hydrothermal plumes across the Eastern Lau Spreading Center," ISME J (2015).

  • Margaret Estapa, John Breier, and Christopher German. "Particle dynamics in the rising plume at Piccard hydrothermal field, Mid‐Cayman Rise," Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16, no. 8 (2015): 2762-2774.

  • D. Reed, John Breier, H. Jiang, K. Anantharaman, C. Klausmeier, B. Toner, C. Hancock, K. Speer, A. Thurnherr, and G. Dick. "Predicting the response of the deep-ocean microbiome to geochemical perturbations by hydrothermal vents," ISME J (2015).

  • Annette Govindarajan, Jesús Pineda, Mike Purcell, and John Breier. "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, (2015): 158-165.

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • David Hicks. NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, NOAA , $2,975,000.00 (August 2016 - August 2021)

  • John Breier. Collaborative Research: High resolution nitrogen transformation processes at the Bermuda Atlantic Timeseries, National Science Foundation, $370,078.00 (2017 - 2019)

  • John Breier. Mesobot: a robot for investigating the ocean interior, National Science Foundation, $185,296.00 (2017 - 2019)

  • John Breier. Systematic underwater biogeochemical science and exploration analog, NASA/AMES, $233,875.00 (2017 - 2019)

  • John Breier. An autonomous vertical sampling vehicle for global ocean biogeochemical mapping, National Science Foundation, $244,199.00 (2013 - 2018)

  • Hudson DeYoe. Developing a Predictive Ecological Model for the Lower Laguna Madre: Forecasting Ecosystem Shifts and Changes in Key Ecological Indicators, Texas One Gulf- Center of Excellence, $86,372.00 (March 15, 2016 - May 31, 2018)

  • John Breier. A Wave Glider for studies of biofouling and ocean productivity , Department of Defense HBCU/MI Instrumentation, $452,029.00 (June 2, 2016 - June 1, 2017)

  • John Breier. Establishing a harmful algal bloom and plankton community composition observing time-series in the Lower Laguna Madre at Brazos Santiago Pass, US State Wildlife Grant program, $246,689.00 ( )

Selected Presentations

  • John Breier, Jeff Seewald, Sean Sylva, Binbin Wang, and Scott Socolofsky. "Dissolved gas distribution within Gulf of Mexico natural deep-sea methane plumes," 2016 Gulf Oil Spill Conference, (2016)

  • John Breier, Meg Estapa, and Chris German. "Iron partitioning between the dissolved and particulate phase within a rising hydrothermal plume: Beebe Vents, Piccard hydrothermal field, Mid-Cayman Rise, Abstract CT23A-08," AGU Ocean Science, (2016)

  • Ken Buesseler, Matt Charette, John Breier, Steve Pike, Paul Henderson, L Kipp, and Kaitlyn Tradd. "Revisiting radionuclide sources at the Marshall Islands," Goldschmidt, (2015)

  • Brandi Cron, Brandy Toner, John Breier, Greg Dick, and Houshou Jiang. "Speciation of iron and sulfur in mineral-organic aggregates from the Von Damm Mid-Cayman rise hydrothermal vent," Goldschmidt, (2015)

  • Dan Reed, John Breier, Houshou Jiang, Chris Klausmeier, and Greg Dick. "Coupled microbial-geochemical dynamics in a model deep-sea hydrothermal plume, Abstract 16166," AGU Ocean Sciences, (2014)

  • John Breier, Brandy Toner, Cody Sheik, Houshou Jiang, Brandi Cron, and Greg Dick. "Deep-sea hydrothermal plumes: chemical, microbial, and physical controls on mass and energy transfer between the lithosphere and the ocean, Abstract 16559," AGU Ocean Sciences, (2014)

  • Dan Gomez-Ibanez, Kaitlyn McCartney, Chris German, Dana Yoerger, and John Breier. "Recent advances in geochemical and biological sampling instrumentation: from remote and autonomous vehicles to the Clio biogeochemical profiler, Abstract 16609," AGU Ocean Sciences, (2014)

  • Greg Dick, Meng Li, Brandy Toner, Brandi Crons-Kamermans, Brett Baker, John Breier, and Cody Sheik. "The geomicrobiology of iron in deep-sea hydrothermal plumes, Abstract B14B-04," Fall Meeting, AGU, (2013)

  • John Breier, O Osicki, K Wendt, J Sorenson, B Toner, K Anantharaman, G Dick, H Jiang, Andrew Madison, George Luther, and Houshou Jiang. "Distribution of chemical energy in a rising hydrothermal plume of the Lau Basin, Abstract 11943," AGU Ocean Sciences meeting, (2012)

  • John Breier, Brandy Toner, Cody Sheik, Karthik Anantharaman, Jason Sylvan, Katrina Edwards, Peter Girguis, K Wendt, Jeff Sorenson, Andrew Madison, George Luther, Houshou Jiang, and Greg Dick. "Linking hydrothermal plume geochemistry with deep-sea microbial community structure along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center, Abstract B44B-05," Fall Meeting, AGU, (2012)

Current Courses

EEMS 6385 06 - Graduate Research:
Course Evaluations

Previous Courses