CGCS Directory

Benjamin Brown-Steiner

Former Postdoctoral Associate


MIT Center for Global Change Science, Postdoctoral Associate, 2016-2017


B.S. with Honors, Clarkson University, Environmental Engineering, 2008
M.S., Cornell University, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2012
Ph.D., Cornell University, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Simulating Surface Air Pollution in the United States: An Examination of Major Influences and a Diagnosis of Model Capabilities, 2015

Brown-Steiner, B., Hess, P.G., Chen, J. and Donaghy, K. Black Carbon Emissions from Trucks and Trains in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States from 1977 - 2007, Manuscript Submitted to Atmospheric Environment.

Brown-Steiner, B., Chen, J., and Donaghy, K., (2015). The Evolution of Freight Movement and Associated Non-Point Source Emissions in the Midwest-Northeast Transportation Corridor of the United States, 1977 – 2007. In: The Region and Trade: New Analytical Directions. Batabyal, P.A. and Nijkamp, P. (eds).

Brown-Steiner, B., P. Hess, M.Y. Lin. (2015), On the capabilities and limitations of GCCM simulations of summertime regional air quality: A diagnostic analysis of ozone and temperature simulations in the US using CESM CAM-Chem. Atmospheric Environment, 101, 134-148.

Tang, Q., Hess, P.G., Brown-Steiner, B. and Kinnison, D.E. (2013), Tropospheric ozone decrease due to the Mount Pinatubo eruption: Reduced stratospheric influx. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 30, doi: 10.1002/2013GL056563.

Brown-Steiner, B., and P. Hess (2011), Asian influence on surface ozone in the United States: A comparison of chemistry, seasonality, and transport mechanisms, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D17309, doi:10.1029/2011JD015846.

Hess, P., M. Johnston, B. Brown-Steiner, T. Holloway, J.B. de Andrade, P. Artaxo. 2009. Air quality issues associated with biofuel production and use. Pages 169-194 in R.W. Howarth and S. Bringezu (eds) Biofuels: Environmental Consequences and Interactions with Changing Land Use. Proceedings of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) International Biofuels Project Rapid Assessment, 22-25 September 2008, Gummersbach Germany. Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA. (

Dr. Benjamin Brown-Steiner was a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences circa 2016-2017. His research focused on uncertainty analysis, model development and implementation of a three-dimensional atmospheric chemistry model in the MIT Integrated Global System Model (IGSM). Prior to MIT he worked on climate-chemistry simulations examining various impacts on surface air chemistry in the Eastern US as well as diagnostic analysis of the capabilities and limitations of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) with Chemistry. He is also interested in science communication with non-scientists and has regularly volunteered in his community as a science writer and communicator.