Brodar studied at the University of Ljubljana civil engineering, geology, and paleontology. Between 1954 and 1956 and in 1960 he was excavating Mokrica Cave (Slovene: Mokriška jama). He received PhD in 1959 with a thesis on those excavations. Betal Rock Shelter (Betalov spodmol) is another site he was excavating.
He helped establish and was during the 1970s president of the Slovene archaeological association. Together with his father he wrote a book on Potok Cave (Slovene: Potočka zijalka) excavations.