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:


  • Ph.D. University of Delaware 2008


Damian Brady is a 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:

Friedland, K., Moisan, J., Maureaud, A., Brady, D.C., Davies, A., Bograd, S.J., Watson, R.A., & Rousswau (in review) Trends in phytoplankton communities within large marine ecosystems diverge from the global ocean. Ecological Applications

Goode, A. & Brady, D.C. (in review) Evaluating benthic impact of the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery using the swept area seabed impact (SASI) model. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Liberti, C.M., Gray, M.W., Mayer, L., Testa, J.M., Liu, W. & Brady, D.C. (in revision) Auto-acidification: Examining the effects of oyster aquaculture on estuarine carbonate carrying capacity. Elementa: Special Issue on the Gulf of Maine 2050

Siedlecki, S.A., Salisbury, J., Gledhill, D.K., Bastidas, C., Meseck, S., McGarry, K., Hunt, C.W., Alexander, M., Lavoie, D., Wang, Z.A., Scott, J., Brady, D.C., Mlsna, I., Azetsu-Scott, K., Liberti, C.M., Melrose, D.C., White, M., Pershing, A., Vandemark, D., Townsend, D.W., Chen, Changsheng, Mook, W., & Morrison, R. (in review) Projecting ocean acidification impacts for the Gulf of Maine to 2050: New tools and expectations. Elementa: Special Issue on the Gulf of Maine 2050

Pershing, A., Alexander, M., Brady, D.C., Brickman, D., Curchitser, E., Diamond, T., McClenachan, L., Mills, K.E., Nichols, O.C., Pendleton, D., Record, N.R., Scott, J.,  Staudinger, M.D., & Wang, Y. (in review) Climate Impacts in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem: A Review of Observed and Expected Changes in 2050 from Rising Temperatures. Elementa: Special Issue on the Gulf of Maine 2050

Friedland, K.D., Morse, R.E., Shackell, N., Tam, J., Morano, J.L., Moisan, J.R., & Brady, D.C. (2020) Changing Physical Conditions and Lower and Upper Trophic Level Responses on the US Northeast Shelf. Frontiers in Marine Science  https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.567445

Bricknell, I.; Birkle, S.; Van Kirk, T. Hamlin, H.; Duffy, K.; Brawley, S.; Capistrant-Fossa, K.; Hugenard, K.; Byron, C.; Van Walsum, P.;  Liu , Z.; Zhu , L. ; Johnston, T.; Grebe, G.; Taccardi, E.; Miller, M.; Preziosi, B.; Brady, D.C.; Bowden, T.; Quigley, C.; Moeykens, (2020) Cold water aquaculture resilience, a review of the impact of likely scenarios in a climate change vulnerable ecological system. S. Reviews in Aquaculture. doi:10.1111/raq.12483

Beard, K., Kimble, M., Yuan, J., Evans, K.S., Liu, W., Brady, D.C., Moore, S. (2020) A method for heterogeneous spatio-temporal data integration in support of marine aquaculture site selection. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 8 (2): 96-111

Wang, Z., Chai, F., & Brady, D.C. (2020) Development of a New Sediment Flux Model – Application in Chesapeake Bay. Progress in Oceanography. 185  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102332

Friedland, K.D., Morse, R.E., Manning, J.P., Melrose, D.C., Miles, T., Goode, A.G., Brady, D. C.,  Kohut, J.T., Powell, E.N. (2020) Trends and change points in surface and bottom thermal environments of the US Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem. Fisheries Oceanography. 00: 1-19 https://doi.org/10.1111/fog.12485

Scherelis, C., Zydlewski, G.B. & Brady, D.C. (2019) Relating fluctuations in fish abundance to dam removal and environmental conditions in the Penobscot River, Maine, using hydroacoustics. River Research and Applications 36: 234-246 doi:10.1002/rra.3560

Adams, C.M., Mayer, L., Rawson, P., Brady, D.C., & Newell, C. (2019) Detrital protein contribution to oyster nutrition and growth in the Damariscotta estuary, Maine, USA. Aquaculture Environmental Interactions 11: 521-536 doi:10.3354/aei00330

Oppenheim, N., Wahle, R., Brady, D.C., Goode, A. & Pershing, A. (2019) Forecasting fishery trends in a warming ocean: A modeling framework using early life stages of the American lobster. Ecological Applications. 29(8), e02006 1-10 doi:10.1002/eap.2006

Goode, A., Brady, D.C., Steneck, R., & Wahle, R. (2019) The brighter side of climate change: Ocean warming crosses a biological threshold to amplify an iconic fishery. Global Change Biology 25: 3906– 3917 doi:10.1111/gcb.14778

Johnson, T.R., Beard, K., Brady, D.C., Byron, C.J., Cleaver, C., Duffy, K., Keeney, N., Kimble, M., Miller, M., Moeykens, S., Teisl, M., van Walsum, G.P., Yuan, J. (2019) A social-ecological systems framework to guide marine aquaculture research. Sustainability 11(9): 2522 doi:10.3390/su11092522

Staples, K. W., Chen, Y., Townsend, D. W. & Brady, D. C. (2019) Spatiotemporal variability in the phenology of the initial intra-annual molt of American lobster (Homarus americanus Milne Edwards, 1837) and its relationship with bottom temperatures in a changing Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography 28: 468-485 doi:10.1111/fog.12425

Gray, M. W., Chaparro, O., Huebert, K. B., O’Neill, S. P., Couture, T., Moreira, A., & Brady, D. C. (2019). Life history traits conferring larval resistance against ocean acidification: The case of brooding oysters of the Genus Ostrea. Journal of Shellfish Research, 38(3), 751-761. https://doi.org/10.2983/035.038.0326

Bayer, S.R., 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.

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.

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.

*Snyder, J., 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.

*Publication Highlighted by NASA: https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/oyster-prospecting-with-landsat-8/ & https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=90777&src=i

**Du Clos, K.T., Jones, I.T.,  Carrier, T.J., Brady, D.C., and Jumars, P.A. (2017) Model-assisted measurements of suspension-feeding flow velocities. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2096-2107.

**Highlighted photo winner in the JEB 2018 Calendar

Frederick, C., 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.

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