Crab predation by the San Salvador rock iguana (Cyclura rileyi)
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I investigate the impact of top predators on ecosystems through trophic cascade. By determining the relative impacts of top-down and bottom-up forces on ecosystem function and structure, this work will inform effective future management plans throughout coastal systems, and protect critical ecosystem services. I am a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and graduated from Duke University in 2014 with my bachelor’s degree. My previous studies have also focused on top predators, specific
Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology
Brian Silliman is the Rachel Carson 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. In recognition of his research achievements, Silliman was named a Distinguished Fulbright Chair with CSIRO in 2019; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2015; a Visiting Professor with the Royal Netherlands Society of Arts and Sciences i
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