Post Doctoral Researcher, 1997-1999, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California (Mark Denny, supervisor)
Ph.D, 1997, University of Washington; Zoology (Thomas Daniel, PhD supervisor)
MS, 1991, Northeastern University; Biology (Marine Biology; Kenneth Sebens, MS supervisor)
BS, 1989, Cornell University; Biology (Ecology and Evolution; C. Drew Harvell, research supervisor)
Area(s) of Expertise
Environmental Policy; Ecological Forecasting; Sustainability
Our work has shown some surprising results, and has suggested that our expectations of where to look for the effects of climate change in nature can be more complex than previously anticipated. For example, our research has shown that along the Pacific coast of the U.S., animal temperatures at sites in Oregon and Washington can be as hot or hotter than sites much farther to the south in California, due to the complex interaction of climate and tides in the region. As a result, we should not necessarily expect to see mortality at the southern ends of species range boundaries, but also at these hot spots. This complexity suggests that unless we know where and when to look for impacts of climate change, many early impacts could go unnoticed.
My lab group regularly includes K-12 teachers in our research, and I am actively involved in the ongoing National Climate Assessment.
Prof. Helmuth is a joint appointment between the College of Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
For ecological forecasters like Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth, mussels act as a barometer of climate change. That’s why Helmuth created “robomussels”—tiny robots that look like mussels but are outfitted with sensors to track temperature conditions.
Wildfires continue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-sands capital. Some 96,000 people have been evacuated from the area and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed. We asked three Northeastern experts about how the catastrophe will affect climate change, the likely impact on U.S. consumers, and how the Fort McMurray community can recover.
As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change wraps up in Paris, Marine and Environmental Sciences and Public Policy professor Brian Helmuth discusses how important these meetings are and why the world should pay attention.
When discussing one of the most contentious topics of the 21st century—climate change—finding the balance between fact and emotion is precarious, say Northeastern faculty.
College of Science professor Brian Helmuth and a group of international researchers recently published a review paper in Climate Change Responses calling for a new approach to understanding and predicting the impact of climate change.