Matthew Bracken


B.Sc. University of Puget Sound
Ph.D. Oregon State University

Area(s) of Expertise

Causes and Consequences of Changes in Marine Biodiversity

Research Interests

Prof. Bracken’s research, based primarily at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, uses an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the linkages between marine communities and ecosystems. Recently, ecologists have begun to realize that large-scale, ecosystem-level processes are important mediators of community structure and dynamics and that local-scale phenomena, such as the ecological and physiological attributes of species, influence ecosystem functioning. In particular, my research focuses on (1) the impacts of ecosystem functioning (the transformation and flux of energy and materials) on patterns of distribution, abundance, biodiversity, and community structure and (2) the roles that organisms—and the diversity of those organisms—play in mediating ecosystem functions. In evaluating these linkages between communities and ecosystems, Prof. Bracken draws from a variety of ecological sub-disciplines, including community ecology, physiological ecology, and ecosystem ecology.

Lab Website




Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908