Mark Bertness

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Mark David Bertness

Mark Bertness (born July 13, 1949) is an American ecologist, known for his work on the community assembly of marine shoreline communities.[1]

Among his important work are the Stress Gradient Hypothesis (Bertness and Callaway 1994[2]) that predicts that positive species interactions are more important in biologically and physically stressful habitats than in biologically and physically benign habitats, his experimental research in a variety of marine intertidal communities elucidating the roles of biotic interaction across intertidal gradients[3][4] (Bertness and Hacker 1994,[5] Bertness et al. 1999,[6] Bertness 1999[7]), his pioneering of experimental community ecology in salt marsh ecosystems[8][9] and his work on apex predator depletion causing die-offs in salt marshes due to the release of herbivores from predator control [10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

He is the Robert P. Brown Professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University[17] and has had visiting distinguished appointments at Groningen University, the Netherlands,[18] the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile[19] and the University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.[20]

In 2002 Bertness was designated as an ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Environmental Science;[21] this indicates that Dr. Bertness was among the 250 most-cited researchers in Environmental Science during a certain period of time.[22] In 2009, Bertness was recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science;[23] this fellowship is a recognition of an individual's meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.[24] Bertness is also a trustee of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.[25]


  1. ^ Bertness, M.D. 2006. Atlantic Shoreline Ecology: A Natural History. Princeton University Press
  2. ^ "Positive interactions in communities" (PDF). Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Times-News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Times-News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Positive Stress ... Among Marsh Plants" (PDF). Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Bertness, M. D.; Leonard, G. H.; Levine, J. M.; Schmidt, P. R.; Ingraham, A. O. (1999). "Testing the Relative Contribution of Positive and Negative Interactions in Rocky Intertidal Communities". Ecology (Ecological Society of America) 80 (8): 2711–2726. doi:10.1890/0012-9658(1999)080[2711:TTRCOP]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0012-9658.  edit
  7. ^ Bertness, M. D. (1989). "Intraspecific Competition and Facilitation in a Northern Acorn Barnacle Population". Ecology (Ecological Society of America) 70 (1): 257–268. doi:10.2307/1938431. JSTOR 1938431.  edit
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  9. ^ Bertness, M. D. (1991). "Zonation of Spartina Patens and Spartina Alterniflora in New England Salt Marsh". Ecology (Ecological Society of America) 72 (1): 138–148. doi:10.2307/1938909. JSTOR 1938909.  edit
  10. ^ "Cape salt marsh decline linked to native crab". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Blue Crab Decline May Herald Salt Marsh Loss". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "As Crabs Dwindle, A Search for Clues". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Without Blue Crabs, Southern Salt Marshes Wash Away, Study Finds". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Crabs may be culprit in death of marsh grasses on Cape Cod". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tampabay: Blue crabs melt away". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Serials Solutions Article Linker -". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Welcome!". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 University - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Uniss - Homepage". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
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  23. ^ "5 Brown faculty elected to world's largest scientific body". 18 December 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "General Process". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  25. ^ Steve Pewter. "Marine Biological Association of the UK". Retrieved 13 November 2014.