Damian C. Brady

Media Expertise:

  • Water quality
  • Coastal acidification
  • Eutrophication
  • Land-sea interactions
  • Modeling

Research Interests:

  • Affects of human uses on coasts and estuaries including aquaculture
  • Offshore wind energy development
  • Eutrophication

Research Projects:

  • Safe Beaches & Shellfish Beds (NEST)


  • Ph.D. University of Delaware 2008


Damian Brady is an associate professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center. He earned his doctorate at the University of Delaware in 2008. His research combines approaches from disciplines including marine biology, biogeochemistry and environmental engineering to address questions about water quality and ecosystem function.

Since beginning work at the University of Maine in 2010, Brady has studied how coasts and estuaries are affected by human uses as varied as aquaculture, offshore wind energy development, and eutrophication. Brady is the environmental monitoring lead for UMaine’s offshore wind energy projects and assistant director of a National Science Foundation project examining how climate change influences farmer decision-making and the consequences for local water quality.

Selected Publications:

Gray, M.W., Chapparo, O., O’Neill, S.P., Couture, T. a, Moreira, Aa., & Brady, D.C. (in press) Does brooding prepare young for tomorrow’s acidic oceans and estuaries? Special Issue of Journal of Shellfish Research. Journal Impact Factor: 0.951

Bayer, S.R. b, Wahle, R.A., Brady, D.C., Jumars, P.A., Stokesbury, K.D.E., & Carey, J.D.  (2018) Fertilization dynamics in scallop aggregations: reconciling model predictions with field measurements. Ecosphere. 9(8), e02359. Journal Impact Factor: 2.287

Testa, J.M., Brady, D.C., Murphy, R., & Kemp, W.M. (2018) Nutrient- and climate-induced shifts in the phenology of linked biogeochemical cycles in a temperate estuary. Frontiers in Marine Science. 5(114), 1-15 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00114. CiteScore = 2.89

Friedland, K.D., Mouw, C.B., Asch, R.G., Ferreira, A.S.A., Henson, S., Hyde, K.J., Morse,  R.E., Thomas, A.C., & Brady, D.C. (2018) Phenology and time series trends of the dominant seasonal phytoplankton bloom across global scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(5), 551-569 doi: 10.1111/geb.12717. Journal Impact Factor: 5.273

*Snyder, J. a, Boss, E., Weatherbee, R., Thomas, A., Brady, D.C., and Newell, C. (2017) Oyster aquaculture site selection using Landsat 8-derived sea surface temperature, turbidity, and chlorophyll a. Frontiers in Marine Science 4(190), 1-11 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00190. CiteScore = 2.89
*Publication Highlighted by NASA: https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/oyster-prospecting-withlandsat-8/ & https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=90777&src=i

*Du Clos, K.T. a, Jones, I.T. b, Carrier, T.J. b, Brady, D.C., and Jumars, P.A. (2017) Model assisted measurements of suspension-feeding flow velocities. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2096-2107. Journal Impact Factor: 3.32
*Highlighted photo winner in the JEB 2018 Calendar

Frederick, C. a, Brady, D.C., & Bricknell, I. (2017) Landing strips: Model development for estimating body surface area of farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Aquaculture 473: 299-302. Journal Impact Factor: 2.987

Li, B. a, Tanaka, K.R. a, Chen, Y., Brady, D.C., & Thomas, A.C. (2017) Assessing the quality of modeled bottom water temperatures from the Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) in the Northwest Atlantic Region. Journal of Marine Systems. 173: 21-30. Journal Impact Factor: 2.499

McHenry, J. a, Steneck, R., & Brady, D.C. (2017) Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of near-shore benthic assemblages: Implications for marine spatial planning. Ecological Applications 27: 603-618. Journal Impact Factor: 4.393