Brian Reed Silliman

Brian Reed Silliman

Rachel Carson 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


Thomsen, MS, Altieri, AH, Angelini, C, Bishop, MJ, Gribben, PE, Lear, G, He, Q, Schiel, DR, Silliman, BR, South, PM, Watson, DM, Wernberg, T, and Zotz, G. "Secondary foundation species enhance biodiversity." Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, no. 4 (April 1, 2018): 634-639.
Zhang, YS, Cioffi, WR, Cope, R, Daleo, P, Heywood, E, Hoyt, C, Smith, CS, and Silliman, BR. "A global synthesis reveals gaps in coastal habitat restoration research." Sustainability (Switzerland) 10, no. 4 (April 1, 2018).
Derksen-Hooijberg, M, Angelini, C, Lamers, LPM, Borst, A, Smolders, A, Hoogveld, JRH, de Paoli, H, van de Koppel, J, Silliman, BR, and van der Heide, T. "Mutualistic interactions amplify saltmarsh restoration success." Edited by J Piggott. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, no. 1 (January 2018): 405-414.
Nifong, JC, and Silliman, B. "Abiotic factors influence the dynamics of marine habitat use by a highly mobile “freshwater” top predator." Hydrobiologia 802, no. 1 (November 2017): 155-174.
Kareiva, P, Marvier, M, and Silliman, B. Effective Conservation Science Data Not Dogma. Oxford University Press, October 5, 2017.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology (ENVIRON 377LA: Marine Invertebrate Zoology)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
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)


Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., Brown University (2004)