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Brandon Brown


Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6179 Harney Science Center 107D


Brandon Brown pursued doctoral training in superconductivity and low-temperature physics, with postdoctoral work in science communication. Once at the University of San Francisco, he shifted his research focus to sensory biophysics. His laboratory, his research students, and various collaborators have explored the electric and magnetic sensory abilities of a variety of creatures. Currently, he is completing a book about the life and work of German physicist Max Planck (1858-1947), to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. See his author page for more information.

From 2004-2008, Brandon served as Associate Dean for Sciences, and during this time the University completed planning stages for the new Center for Science and Innovation.

Key Statements
"Ants are the new sharks." (2009)
"In planning a new facility, we hope to make unique mistakes." (2005)
"My research now includes stochastic, nonlinear administrative systems." (2004)
"I accept." (to tennis grudge match challenge of stellar yet overconfident senior, 2002)
"How can you not want to join that?" (in joining the committee on committees, 2001)
"Not optimal, but office hours are open." (in two inches of standing water, 1998)

Chair, Physics and Astronomy Department
Associate Dean for Sciences (2004-2008)
PhD, 1997, Oregon State University.
High-temperature superconductivity
Sensory biophysics
Science communication
The life and work of Max Planck
Electric and magnetic sensory abilities of a variety of creatures
Sensory biophysics
Selected Publications

Brown, Brandon R. (2015) Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Awards & Distinctions

Distinguished Research Award from the USF Faculty Association and USF, 2017