Elizabeth Bryson

Adjunct Lecturer

Academic Division: Math & Science
781-239-4647

Bio

Dr. Bryson is a marine biologist and ecologist whose research centers on coastal and nearshore habitats in the Gulf of Maine. Dr. Bryson has taught at Babson in several capacities: as a laboratory instructor, an Adjunct Professor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Prior to her arrival at Babson, Dr. Bryson taught laboratory classes at Northeastern University. Dr. Bryson is interested teaching about both the opportunities and the challenges that occur at the intersection of human society and the natural environment. Dr. Bryson teaches introductory and advanced topics courses focused on environmental, ocean and climate sciences. Dr. Bryson’s research is highly field based and is driven by questions pertaining to environmental context: how do oceanographic currents and temperature changes impact biological interactions and community structure, what is the appropriate geographic scale for ecological management strategies, how will temporal changes in climate conditions impact ecological communities, etc. Dr. Bryson’s work on rocky shores has identified three distinct biogeographic provinces within Gulf of Maine nearshore environments, each governed by a different set of ecological ‘rules.’ These findings provide a foundation for more regionally appropriate conservation and fisheries management decisions and policies. Dr. Bryson has experience working in a variety of marine habitats, including rocky shores, salt marshes, mudflats and coral reefs.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Northeastern University
  • BA, Bowdoin College

Academic Interests

Oceanography; Environmental Science; Marine Biology; Global Change Biology; Climate Science

Awards & Honors

  • 2004 - Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research for Latitudinal Variation in Rocky Shore Recovery Patterns
  • 1999 - National Merit Scholar Recipient, Bowdoin College

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • NST 1020: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
  • SCN 3665: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

Degree Courses 2015-2016

  • NST 1020: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bryson, E.S., Trussell, G.C., Ewanchuk, P.J. (2014). Broad-scale geographic variation in the organization of rocky intertidal communities in the Gulf of Maine. Academy of Banking Studies Journal, 84(4), 579-597. link

Presentations

  • Context-dependent community dynamics in the Gulf of Maine: recruitment, herbivory and predation on rocky shores
    Bryson, E., Trussell, G., Ewanchuk, P. Context-dependent community dynamics in the Gulf of Maine: recruitment, herbivory and predation on rocky shores Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA (2013)
  • Revisiting a classic paradigm: Assessing consumer control of rocky shores in the southern and northern Gulf of Maine
    Bryson, E., Trussell, G. Revisiting a classic paradigm: Assessing consumer control of rocky shores in the southern and northern Gulf of Maine Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (2010)
  • Latitudinal variation in size-dependent patch recovery: the importance of Ascophyllum canopy characteristics and light penetration
    Bryson, E., Trussell, G. Latitudinal variation in size-dependent patch recovery: the importance of Ascophyllum canopy characteristics and light penetration Benthic Ecology Meeting, Wilmington, NC (2010)