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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 (Fall 2018):

  • BIOLOGY 773A.01, MARINE ECOLOGY Synopsis
    MARINE LAB _, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:55 AM; MARINE LAB _, Tu 12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 773A.01)
    TBA, -
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 773LA.01)

Ph.D.Brown University2004

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

  • Liz Schrack  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Zhang, YS; Cioffi, WR; Cope, R; Daleo, P; Heywood, E; Hoyt, C; Smith, CS; Silliman, BR, A global synthesis reveals gaps in coastal habitat restoration research, Sustainability, vol. 10 no. 4 (April, 2018) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Thomsen, MS; Altieri, AH; Angelini, C; Bishop, MJ; Gribben, PE; Lear, G; He, Q; Schiel, DR; Silliman, BR; South, PM; Watson, DM; Wernberg, T; Zotz, G, Secondary foundation species enhance biodiversity, Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2 no. 4 (April, 2018), pp. 634-639 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Derksen-Hooijberg, M; Angelini, C; Lamers, LPM; Borst, A; Smolders, A; Hoogveld, JRH; de Paoli, H; van de Koppel, J; Silliman, BR; van der Heide, T, Mutualistic interactions amplify saltmarsh restoration success, edited by Piggott, J, Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 55 no. 1 (January, 2018), pp. 405-414 [doi]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]

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