Brian Reed Silliman

Brian Reed Silliman

Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology

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.

In The News


Speights, CJ, Silliman, BR, and McCoy, MW. "The effects of elevated temperature and dissolved ρCO 2 on a marine foundation species." Ecology and Evolution 7, no. 11 (June 2017): 3808-3814.
Shaver, EC, Shantz, AA, McMinds, R, Burkepile, DE, Vega Thurber, RL, and Silliman, BR. "Effects of predation and nutrient enrichment on the success and microbiome of a foundational coral." Ecology 98, no. 3 (March 2017): 830-839.
He, Q, Silliman, BR, Liu, Z, and Cui, B. "Natural enemies govern ecosystem resilience in the face of extreme droughts." Ecology letters 20, no. 2 (February 2017): 194-201. (Letter)
Silliman, BR, Dixon, PM, Wobus, C, He, Q, Daleo, P, Hughes, BB, Rissing, M, Willis, JM, and Hester, MW. "Thresholds in marsh resilience to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill." Scientific Reports 6, no. 1 (October 2016).


ENVIRON 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology (ENVIRON 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology)
BIOLOGY 273LA: Marine Ecology (BIOLOGY 273LA: Marine Ecology)
BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)
EOS 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology (EOS 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., Brown University (2004)