Brian is an oceanographer whose research focuses on the impacts of harmful algal blooms. His research spans several focus areas including toxin accumulation and effects on shellfish, finfish, marine mammals and seabirds; ecology, taxonomy, and culturing of harmful algal bloom species; and outreach and education in volunteer citizen science programs. Brian holds a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University-Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.
Brian’s current research projects include: investigations into the ecology and toxicity of the harmful marine Raphidophyte Heterosigma; examining the effects of climate change on favorable habitat for the harmful marine Dinoflagellate Alexandrium; and co-assisting with the operation of a citizen science based group (SoundToxins) monitoring Puget Sound waters for harmful algal blooms.