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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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.
Ramus, AP, Silliman, BR, Thomsen, MS, and Long, ZT. "An invasive foundation species enhances multifunctionality in a coastal ecosystem." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, no. 32 (August 8, 2017): 8580-8585.
Zengel, S, Weaver, J, Pennings, SC, Silliman, B, Deis, DR, Montague, CL, Rutherford, N, Nixon, Z, and Zimmerman, AR. "Five years of Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects on marsh periwinkles Littoraria irrorata." Marine Ecology Progress Series 576 (August 3, 2017): 135-144.
He, Q, Silliman, BR, and Cui, B. "Incorporating thresholds into understanding salinity tolerance: A study using salt-tolerant plants in salt marshes." Ecology and Evolution 7, no. 16 (August 2017): 6326-6333.
de Paoli, H, van der Heide, T, van den Berg, A, Silliman, BR, Herman, PMJ, and van de Koppel, J. "Behavioral self-organization underlies the resilience of a coastal ecosystem." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, no. 30 (July 25, 2017): 8035-8040.

Recent Grants

Courses

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

Education

Ph.D., Brown University (2004)