I. Foster Brown Ph.D.

  • Senior Scientist Emeritus
I. Foster Brown

Dr. Foster Brown is an environmental geochemist who strives to connect the ecological and social dimensions of environmental issues. His research focuses on global environmental change and sustainable development in the southwestern Amazon Basin. He coordinates Woodwell Climate’s work dealing with climate change and land use in the tri-national southwestern Amazonia region. He is currently involved in monitoring air quality impacts of deforestation-fueled fires, and has taken an active role in pandemic response in his community.

Dr. Brown spent over twenty years as a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Environmental Geochemistry at the Federal Fluminense University in Niteroi, Brazil, and is currently on the faculty of the Federal University of Acre, Brazil.

Selected Publications

Amazon climate extremes: Increasing droughts and floods in Brazil’s state of Acre

da Silva, S. S., F. Brown et al. (2023). Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation.


Sensitivity of South American tropical forests to an extreme climate anomaly

Bennett, A.C., et al. (2023). Nature Climate Change.


Describing complex interactions of social-ecological systems for tipping point assessments: an analytical framework

Froese, R., A. Andrino, R. Giudice, B. Stuch, S.K. Salas, J. Böhner, D. Boy, J. Boy, F. Brown et al. (2023). Frontiers in Climate.