- Dalhousie University
About James Brenan
James is an experimental geochemist interested in how planets form and differentiate. He received his PhD in 1990 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with subsequent postdoctoral work at the Geophysical Laboratory (Carnegie Institution of Washington), then Lawrence Livermore National Lab. James was a faculty member at the University of Toronto from 1996-2016, then joined Dalhousie University in 2016 as Department Chair. Work done earlier in his career focused on the role of high pressure fluids in the formation of magmas at convergent margins. Subsequent research has been to better understand the behaviour of the highly siderophile, or iron-loving elements, during core formation, mantle evolution, and ore deposit formation.