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Bryan L. Brown

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
2030 Derring Hall (MC 0406)
926 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Major Field of Interest

Aquatic ecology

Current Research

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
  • Assistant Professor, 2011-2017, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Assistant Professor, 2006-2011, Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University
  • Postdoc 2004-2006, Integrative Biology, University of Texas (M. Leibold mentor)
  • Ph.D. 2004, Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College (K. Cottingham advisor)
  • M.S. 1999, Biology, Appalachian State Unv. (R. Creed advisor)
  • B.S. 1995, Biology, Unv. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 2014: Virginia Tech, College of Science Diversity Award
  • 2008: Clemson University Research Grant Committee Award (for funding pilot research).
  • 1999: Cratis T. Williams Award for Best Thesis in Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State U.