John B. Brady

Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geosciences

John Brady

Contact & Office Hours

Sabin-Reed Hall 122

413-585-3953

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University

M.S., University of California, Los Angeles

A.B., Harvard College

Biography

John Brady is a hardrock geologist who regularly teaches a first-year seminar and intermediate geoscience courses in mineralogy and petrology. His research interests range from the evolution of metamorphic rocks in Montana and Greece to atomic diffusion measurements in the experimental petrology lab (“cooking rocks”). A common theme of his research projects and those of the students who work with him is the use of minerals and the high temperature chemistry of rocks to understand geologic processes on many scales.

Current projects include adding Raman and FTIR spectroscopy to Smith geoscience courses, and writing an interactive, online textbook for igneous and metamorphic petrology.


News

The Stones of MacLeish

"Every rock has a story,” says John Brady, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor in the Smith College geosciences department. The rocks at Smith’s MacLeish Field Station in Whately, Massachusetts, have an incredible story to tell and it begins 200 million years ago.