Bernardo Broitman R. |Sub-Director


I am a marine ecologist focused on the role of environmental forcing on community and population dynamics. Using a collaborative approach, we have studied spatial variability in local and regional oceanographic processes along the West coast of the US and the coast of central-northern Chile over the past 15 years. Using remote sensing and direct long-term measurements we have shown that key physical parameters can change dramatically over a few km’s and that these environmental gradients and modes of variability persist over long periods of time. In this way, establishing patterns of spatial and temporal variability in the environment has provided us with great insights to understand the processes that regulate the abundance and distribution of benthic algae and invertebrates. Through the work in MUSELS we intend to translate these scientific advances to insights for the emerging management challenges arising for coastal aquaculture, specifically mytilids and pectinids. Specifically, we will establish the main environmental stressors by deploying biophysical sensors in the vicinity of the areas used by aquaculture facilities and then we will transfer this ability to the industry to enhance their adaptive capacity.

 Relevant Publications

  1. B.S. Halpern, K. Cottenie, and B.R. Broitman. (2006) Strong top-down control in Southern California kelp forest ecosystems.  Science 312:1230-1232
  2. B.R. Broitman and B.P. Kinlan. (2006) Spatial scales of benthic and pelagic producer biomass in a coastal upwelling ecosystem.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 327:15-25
  3. B.R. Broitman, C.A. Blanchette, B.A. Menge, J. Lubchenco, P.A. Raimondi, C. Krenz, M. Foley, D. Lohse and S.D. Gaines. (2008) Spatial and temporal patterns of intertidal invertebrate recruitment along the West coast of the United States.  Ecological Monographs 78:403-421
  4. B.R. Broitman, N. Mieszkowska, C.A. Blanchette, B. Helmuth. (2008) Climate and recruitment of rocky shore intertidal invertebrates in the Eastern North Atlantic.  Ecology 89:S81-S90
  5. E.A. Wieters, B.R. Broitman, G.M. Branch. (2009) Benthic community structure and spatio-temporal thermal regimes in two upwelling ecosystems: Comparisons between South Africa and Chile.  Limnology and Oceanography  54:1060-1072
  6. F.J. Tapia, S.A Navarrete, M. Castillo; B. A. Menge, J.C. Castilla, J. Largier, E.A Wieters, B.R. Broitman and J.A. Barth. (2009) Thermal indices of upwelling effects on inner-shelf habitats.  Progress in Oceanography  83:278-287  doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2009.07.035
  7. B. Helmuth, B.R. Broitman, L. Yamane, S. Gilman, K. Mach, K.A.S. Mislan and M.W. Denny. (2010) Organismal climatology: analyzing environmental variability at scales relevant to physiological stress.  Journal of Experimental Biology  213:995-1003  doi:10.1242/jeb.038463
  8. K.A.S. Mislan, C.A. Blanchette, B.R. Broitman and L. Washburn. (2011) Spatial variability of emergence, splash, surge, and submergence in wave-exposed rocky-shore ecosystems.  Limnology and Oceanography  56:857-866   doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.3.0857
  9. N. Valdivia, A.E. González, T. Manzur and B.R. Broitman (2013) Mesoscale variation of mechanisms contributing to stability in rocky shore communities.  PLoS ONE  8(1):e54159.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054159
  10. G.H. Aravena, B.R. Broitman and N.C. Stenseth.  (2014) Twelve years of change in coastal upwelling along the central-northern coast of Chile: spatially heterogeneous responses to climatic variability.  PLoS ONE   9(2): e90276.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090276
Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas CEAZA
Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte
Larrondo 1281
Coquimbo, Chile
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