Brian received a B.A. in Geology from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1996. He completed an M.S. in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Wyoming in 2001, and a Ph.D in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, where he remains affiliated as a Research Associate. Since 2009 he has been an Assistant then Associate Professor of Anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences.