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Brian R. Silliman, Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology and Marine Science and Conservation Leadership

Brian R. Silliman

Brian Silliman is the Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology. He holds both B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, and completed his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Dr. Silliman was named a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow with The Nature Conservancy in 2004 and a Visiting Professor with the Royal Netherlands Society of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He has also received several awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists (2006), a Young Investigator Grant Award from the Andrew Mellon Foundation (2007), and a NSF Career Grant Award (2011). Dr. Silliman has published 13 book chapters and over 90 peer reviewed journal articles, and co-edited two books Human Impacts on Salt Marshes: A Global Perspective (with T. Grosholtz and M. D. Bertness) and Marine Community Ecology (with M. Bertness, J. Bruno and J. Stachowicz). His teaching and research are focused on community ecology, conservation and restoration, global change, plant–animal interactions, and evolution and ecological consequences of cooperative behavior.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516
Office Phone:  (252) 504-7635
Email Address: send me a message
Division:  Division of Marine Science and Conservat

Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • BIOLOGY 273LA.01, MARINE ECOLOGY Synopsis
    TBA, -
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 273LA.01, EOS 374LA.01)
  • BIOLOGY 773LA.01, MARINE ECOLOGY Synopsis
    TBA, -
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 773LA.01)
Education:

Ph.D.Brown University2004
Specialties:

ecology
conservation biology
marine science
Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Liz Schrack  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Nifong, JC; Silliman, B, Abiotic factors influence the dynamics of marine habitat use by a highly mobile “freshwater” top predator, Hydrobiologia, vol. 802 no. 1 (November, 2017), pp. 155-174 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Ramus, AP; Silliman, BR; Thomsen, MS; Long, ZT, An invasive foundation species enhances multifunctionality in a coastal ecosystem, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol. 114 no. 32 (August, 2017), pp. 8580-8585 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Zengel, S; Weaver, J; Pennings, S; Silliman, B; Deis, D; Montague, C; Rutherford, N; Nixon, Z; Zimmerman, A, Five years of Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects on marsh periwinkles Littoraria irrorata, Marine ecology progress series, vol. 576 (August, 2017), pp. 135-144 [doi]
  4. He, Q; Silliman, BR; Cui, B, Incorporating thresholds into understanding salinity tolerance: A study using salt-tolerant plants in salt marshes, Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7 no. 16 (August, 2017), pp. 6326-6333 [doi]
  5. de Paoli, H; van der Heide, T; van den Berg, A; Silliman, BR; Herman, PMJ; van de Koppel, J, Behavioral self-organization underlies the resilience of a coastal ecosystem, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol. 114 no. 30 (July, 2017), pp. 8035-8040 [doi]


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