Brian Silliman

10171835_10153054081176002_7704059292542284522_nBrian 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.

Selected Publications

1. Silliman, B. R., J. van de Koppel, M. D. Bertness, L. Stanton, and I. Mendelsohn. 2005 Drought, snails, and large-scale die-off of southern U.S. salt marshes.  Science 310:1803-1806. 

2. Silliman, B. R., J. Diller, M. McCoy, K. Earl, P. Adams, J. von de Koppel, and A. Zimmerman. 2012.  Degradation and resilience in Louisiana salt marshes following the BP-DHW oil spill.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi: 10.1073/pnas. 1204922109 

3. Silliman, B. R. and M. D. Bertness. 2002. A Trophic Cascade Regulates Salt Marsh Primary Production. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 99: 10500-10505.

4. Silliman, B. R. and S. Y. Newell. Fungal-farming in a snail. 2003. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 100:15643-15648.

5. Barbier E. B., E W. Koch, B. R. Silliman, S. D. Hacker, E. Wolanski, J. Primavera, E. Granek, S. Polasky, S. Aswani, L. A. Cramer, D. Stoms, C. Kennedy, D. Bael,      C. Kappel, G. M. E. Perillo and D. J. Reed. 2008. Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management with non-linear ecological functions and values. Science 319: 321-323.

6. Hensel, M. J. S. and B. R. Silliman. 2013. Cross-kingdom consumer diversity enhances multifunctionality of a coastal ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science doi/10.1073/pnas.1312317110 

7. Silliman, B. R. , M. McCoy, C. Angelini, B. Holt, J. Griffin, and J. von de Koppel.  2013. Consumer fronts, global change and runaway collapse in ecosystems. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 44: 503-538.

8. Tjisse, H., L. L. Govers, J. de Fouw, H. Olff, M. van der Geest, Marieke, M. van Katwijk, T. Piersma, J. van de Koppel, B. R. Silliman,, A. P. Smolders, and J. A. van Gils. 2012.  Three-stage symbioses forms the foundation of seagrass ecosystems. Science 319: 321-323. 

9. Bertness, M. D., P. J. Ewanchuk, and B. R. Silliman. 2002. Anthropogenic modification of New England salt marsh landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 99: 1395-1398.

10. Cheong, S. M., B. R. Silliman, P. P. Wong, B. Wesienback, C.K. Kim, and G. Guannel. 2013. Coastal Adaptation with Ecological Engineering. Nature Climate Change 3, 787–791.



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