Matthew Bracken

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Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2003, Zoology

Phone: (949) 824-6976
Fax: (949) 824-2181

University of California, Irvine
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
321 Steinhaus Hall
University of California
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Causes and consequences of changes in marine biodiversity
Northeastern University (Associate and Assistant Professor, 2007-2013)
Bodega Marine Laboratory (Postdoctoral Scholar, 2005-2007)
University of California Davis (Postdoctoral Scholar, 2004-2005)
University of Canterbury (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, 2003-2004)
Oregon State University (Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2003)
Research Abstract
The Bracken lab group uses an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the linkages between marine communities and ecosystems. We draw from a variety of ecological sub-disciplines, including community ecology, physiological ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Current projects in the lab address two related concepts in marine ecology that merge community and ecosystem perspectives: (1) evaluating the causes and consequences of biodiversity change and (2) quantifying the relative importance of consumers’ top-down and bottom-up effects on the growth and diversity of primary producers.
(selected, from past 10 years; * indicates undergraduate co-author; † indicates grad student co-author)
Bracken, M.E.S., J.G. Douglass, V. Perini, and G.C. Trussell. 2017. Spatial scale mediates the effects of biodiversity on marine primary producers. Ecology 98:1434-1443.
Bracken, M.E.S., R.E. Dolecal, and J.D. Long. 2014. Community context mediates the top-down versus bottom-up effects of grazers on rocky shores. Ecology 95: 1458-1463.
Bracken, M.E.S. and S.L. Williams. 2013. Realistic changes in seaweed biodiversity affect multiple ecosystem functions on a rocky shore. Ecology 94: 1944-1954.
Bracken, M.E.S. and N.H.N. Low*. 2012. Realistic losses of rare species disproportionately impact higher trophic levels. Ecology Letters 15: 461-467.
Harpole, W.S., J.T. Ngai, E.E. Cleland, E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, J.J. Elser, D.S. Gruner, H. Hillebrand, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2011. Nutrient co-limitation of primary producer communities. Ecology Letters 9: 852-862.
Bracken, M.E.S., E. Jones†, and S.L. Williams. 2011. Herbivores, tidal elevation, and species richness simultaneously mediate nitrate uptake by seaweed assemblages. Ecology 92: 1083-1093.
Hillebrand, H., E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, B.J. Cardinale, J. Cebrian, E.E. Cleland, J.J. Elser, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, J.T. Ngai†, S. Sandin, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, J.E. Smith, and M.D. Smith. 2009. Herbivore metabolism and stoichiometry each constrain herbivory at different organizational scales across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 12: 516-527.
Stachowicz, J.J., R.J. Best†, M.E.S. Bracken, and M.H. Graham. 2008a. Complementarity in marine biodiversity manipulations: reconciling divergent evidence from field and mesocosm experiments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105:18842-18847.
Gruner, D.S., J.E. Smith, E.W. Seabloom, S.A. Sandin, J.T. Ngai†, H. Hillebrand, W.S. Harpole, J.J. Elser, E.E. Cleland, M.E.S. Bracken, E.T. Borer, and B.M. Bolker. 2008. A cross-system synthesis of consumer and nutrient resource control on producer biomass. Ecology Letters 11: 740-755.
Bracken, M.E.S., S.E. Friberg*, C.A. Gonzalez-Dorantes*, and S.L. Williams. 2008. Functional consequences of realistic biodiversity changes in a marine ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105: 924-928.
Elser, J.J., M.E.S. Bracken, E.E. Cleland, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, J.T. Ngai†, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2007. Global analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus limitation of primary producers in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. Ecology Letters 10: 1135-1142.
Bracken, M.E.S., C.A. Gonzalez-Dorantes*, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2007b. Whole-community mutualism: associated invertebrates facilitate a dominant habitat-forming seaweed. Ecology 88: 2211-2219.
Hillebrand, H., D.S. Gruner, E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, E.E. Cleland, J.J. Elser, W.S. Harpole, J.T. Ngai†, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2007. Consumer versus resource control of producer diversity depends on ecosystem type and producer community structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104: 10904-10909.
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