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Matthew Brown: Faculty and Staff

Dr. Matthew Brown Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences


Natural Sciences

Professional Profile:

   Brief Description: Preceded by an undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (Old Dominion University), Dr. Matthew Brown completed an M.Sc. (Oceanography) at the U. of Hawaii and a Ph.D. (Ocean Sciences--Marine Chemistry) at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, Dr. Brown worked for 2 years as an oceanographic research specialist where he took part in several major oceanographic cruises related to the US CLIVAR repeat hydrography program. To date, Dr. Brown has spent over 350 days at sea, performing shipboard analysis of both macronutrients and dissolved trace metals. Dr. Brown arrived at Flagler College in 2011 and is now in his seventh year in the Natural Sciences Department. There, with the help of undergraduate students, he finds purpose in continuing research in the fields of water quality and marine chemistry, particularly in the areas of nutrient chemistry and phytoplankton dynamics.  His research helps provide students with an education in marine science, environmental science, and global climate change. When not teaching or doing research, Dr. Brown enjoys surfing, swimming, fishing, and spending time with his amazing wife Rachel and daughter Liliana.


  • B.Sc.—Chemistry (Old Dominion University)
  • M.Sc.—Oceanography (U. of Hawaii)
  • Ph.D.—Ocean Sciences (UC Santa Cruz)

Areas of Research:

My research focuses on the temporal and spatial variation of phytoplankton biomass, species biodiversity, and nutrient distributions in estuarine systems.  For the past two years I have had several students involved with a local water quality monitoring project examining potential effects of the re-opening of the Summerhaven River in our own intracoastal waterway.  Prior to this effort, I collaborated with Dr. Ed McGinley on a 2-year project examining fish biodiversity and water quality parameters at several sites in our local estuary system.  I am always looking for talented, driven undergraduate students to help with both fieldwork and laboratory analyses.

Teaching and Related Service:

Classes Taught:

  • NAS 107 (Environmental Science)
  • NAS 245 (Oceanography)
  • NAS 248 (Aquatic Chemistry)
  • NAS 352 (Global Climate Change)
  • NAS 410 (Marine Field Research Capstone)

More Information:

Office location:
   Dr. Matthew Brown
   Kenan Hall 108A