Matthew Bracken

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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 (mail) & 457 (office) Steinhaus Hall
University of California
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Causes and consequences of changes in marine biodiversity
Academic Distinctions
Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2015)
Scientist in Residency Fellow, Sitka Sound Science Center, Alaska (2014)
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.M. Oates*, A.J. Badten*, and G. Bernatchez. 2018. Predicting rates of consumer-mediated nutrient cycling by a diverse herbivore assemblage. Marine Biology 165:165.
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.
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