Dr. Brown's research covers a fairly broad range of themes, but the majority of the work conducted in his lab would fall under the heading Community Ecology in Aquatic Systems. His lab's research also tends to revolve around experimental tests of ecological theory and relies heavily on field experimentation.
Six main themes that characterize research either currently underway or recently completed in the Brown Lab:
-Keystone mutualisms in streams
-The metacommunity concept and stream ecosystems
-The influence of habitat heterogeneity on community stability
-Isolated Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation
-Community Assembly: Priority effects and disturbance
-Effects of perturbations on aquatic communities