Damian Brady is the Ira C. Darling associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine. As a researcher on Maine’s last NSF EPSCoR grant, SEANET, Brady advanced sustainable ecological aquaculture research and has since leveraged that work to lead a first-of-its-kind Aquaculture Experimental Station at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center.
Dr. Brady has studied coastal ecosystems all over the world for over 20 years. He is especially interested in how to link oceanographic and environmental information with decision-making processes. Because we rely on the coast for tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution processing, and energy (offshore wind and tidal power generation), Dr. Brady has focused on creating tools and models that can explore hypothetical uses of the coast to help communities better reflect their values in how they use their environment.
Brady was the lead of the Ecological Carrying Capacity of Maine Estuaries Research Theme of NSF’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network and now co-leads the Species on the Move Research Theme of the NSF Maine environmental DNA project. Dr. Brady also chairs the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine.