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)
M.S., 1991, Northeastern University; Biology (Marine Biology; Kenneth Sebens, MS supervisor)
B.S., 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.
Nature Climate Change publishes MES faculty’s paper
Marine and Environmental Sciences professor Brian Helmuth co-authors a paper about US climate and ocean policy.
Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!
Last week, Northeastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director to converse with audience members at the Boston Museum of Science from a unique vantage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.
Take 5: A ‘Nor’Easter’ on Florida’s tropical shores?
For the next two weeks faculty, students, and staff from Northeastern University’s Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative and led by professors Mark Patterson and Brian Helmuth are taking part in Mission 31.
Researchers soak up data from Mission 31
As part of a month-long underwater research mission, graduate student Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organisms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.
Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center
The squirming claws of a blue lobster did not deter U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark from getting their hands dirty—and soaked—as they eagerly examined the rare species on Wednesday at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
A cold, snowy winter doesn’t mean climate change isn’t real
As we get ready to face another winter storm, and are still warming up from a frigid January, there are plenty of people questioning the validity of climate change.
The global water crisis
Less than 0.1 percent of the planet’s water is available for safe use, and challenges centered on H2O form the nexus of some of society’s most pressing environmental issues.
Communicating climate change
Brian Helmuth’s work was recently featured in International innovation.