Brant received his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1970, and took a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He held a variety of positions in research and management at NCAR subsequently, and became a Senior Scientist in 1982. From 1994 to 2017, Brant was the Director of the Research Applications Laboratory, a large division of NCAR focused on directed research and technology transfer dealing with weather and climate impacts on air and surface transportation, water resources, human health, renewable energy, and national security. Brant is a prolific researcher, writer, lecturer, and field program organizer. He has served on several committees for the American Meteorological Society, National Academy of Science, International Commission on Cloud Physics and others. From 1985 to 1994 he was Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. He served as Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina from 2000-2001, and in 2011 received the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Sciences from the American Meteorological Society.
Board Member Since: 2015
What Brings You Joy? My family, my friends, my puppy dog, a flannel shirt, hard work, soft sofas, bold ideas, big enchiladas, barren deserts, the underwater world, the coastal mist, the mountain west, the music of the spheres, and the miracle of existence.
What Keeps You Connected to the Ars Nova Repertoire? Music has been in my family and in my heart from my earliest days. In 1986 I learned that this group with an unusual name was doing the Carmina Burana. It was a wonderful group with a very talented young conductor. I was hooked and have sung with the group ever since. It has served well as an avocation, tension reliever, social outlet, and wild, challenging, and soul-satisfying ride since that time. O fortuna!
Brant is also a Singer.