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Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the College of Science and Mathematics and Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies. Dr. Brachfeld oversees curriculum development including new degree programs, MOUs, articulation agreements, international programs, online programs, certificates, and new ventures. She is the dean's office point person on research-related matters such as the Faculty Scholarship Program, grant proposal submission, graduate assistantships, CSAM facilities, major research instrumentation, construction and renovations, and serves as the dean's office liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Graduate School, and Grant Accounting.

Dr. Brachfeld's research expertise is in the fields of marine geology, Antarctic System Science, paleoclimatology, paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, and planetary magnetism. Dr. Brachfeld has earned over $3.35M in research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ocean Drilling Program, and Antarctic Drilling Program, and served as PI or co-PI on 5 instrumentation grants. She has served as an invited member of advisory boards for NSF-funded facilities and programs including the Institute for Rock Magnetism, Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility, US Polar Rock Repository, and the Polar Subcommittee of the NSF Geoscience directorate.

Dr. Brachfeld has participated in 11 marine geology and geophysics and paleoceanographic expeditions to Antarctica, the North Atlantic Ocean, and Arctic Ocean aboard the research vessels Nathaniel B. Palmer, Laurence M. Gould, US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, JR Resolution, and the Araon, and served in leadership roles as watch chief on 5 expeditions. She was also an invited member of the Antarctic Drilling Program (ANDRILL) science team. Eight Montclair State University students have joined Dr. Brachfeld on these expeditions. She has mentored more than 70 MSU students at the undergraduate through doctoral levels.

Dr. Brachfeld has a particular interest in student fellowships and research grants, professional development and career planning, and helping students and early career scientists locate level-appropriate research grant programs. She serves as a Resource Faculty Member for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Please see her links section for pointers to student scholarships, student research grants, graduate and postdoctoral research fellowships and websites listing job opportunities in geoscience, environmental science, geography, sustainability, and GIS.

Scholarly Interests

Antarctic science, marine geology, environmental change, and paleomagnetism.

Research interests

Fields of marine geology, Antarctic System Science, paleoclimatology, paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, and planetary magnetism.


Dr. Brachfeld's teaching activities span Montclair State University’s General Education Program, University Honors Program, and bachelors, masters, and doctoral level courses in Earth and Environmental Studies. These include Introductory Marine Science, Advanced Marine Geology, Honors Seminar in Science, Earth Systems Science, X-ray Microanalysis, and Research Project I & II in Environmental Management. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Director of the PhD program in Environmental Management, Graduate Program Coordinator / Program Advisor for the MS and BS program in Earth and Environmental Science.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on Antarctic science, marine geology, environmental change, and paleomagnetism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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