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I am a marine ecologist interested in biodiversity and its effects on ecosystem functioning. I am happiest working on small, cryptic fishes that are often overlooked but of fundamental importance for marine benthic ecosystems. 


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  • Brandl, Simon J., Casey, Jordan M., Knowlton, Nancy and Duffy, James Emmett. (2017). Marine dock pilings foster diverse, native cryptobenthic fish assemblages across bioregions. Ecology and Evolution, , n/a-n/a.
  • Casey, Jordan M., Baird, Andrew H., Brandl, Simon J., Hoogenboom, Mia O., Rizzari, Justin R., Frisch, Ashley J., Mirbach, Christopher E. and Connolly, Sean R. (2017). A test of trophic cascade theory: fish and benthic assemblages across a predator density gradient on coral reefs. Oecologia, 183 (1) , 161-175.
  • Goatley, Christopher H. R. and Brandl, Simon J. (2017). Cryptobenthic reef fishes. Current Biology, 27 (11) , R452-R454.
  • Rodemann, Jonathan R. and Brandl, Simon J. (2017). Consumption pressure in coastal marine environments decreases with latitude and in artificial vs. natural habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 574 , 167-179.
  • Staaterman, Erica R., Ogburn, Matthew B., Altieri, Andrew H., Brandl, Simon J., Whippo, Ross, Seemann, Janina, Goodison, Michael R. and Duffy, James Emmett. (2017). Bioacoustic measurements complement visual biodiversity surveys: preliminary evidence from four shallow marine habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 575 , 207-215.
  • Brandl, Simon J. and Bellwood, David R. (2016). Microtopographic refuges shape consumer-producer dynamics by mediating consumer functional diversity. Oecologia, 182 (1) , 203-217.
  • Brandl, Simon J., Emslie, Michael J. and Ceccarelli, Daniela M. (2016). Habitat degradation increases functional originality in highly diverse coral reef fish assemblages. Ecosphere, 7 (11)
  • Brooker, Rohan M., Brandl, Simon J. and Dixson, Danielle L. (2016). Cryptic effects of habitat declines: coral-associated fishes avoid coral-seaweed interactions due to visual and chemical cues. Scientific Reports, 6 , 18842.
  • Gallagher, Austin J., Brandl, Simon J. and Stier, Adrian C. (2016). Intraspecific variation in body size does not alter the effects of mesopredators on prey. Royal Society Open Science, 3 (12)
  • Lefcheck, Jonathan S., Brandl, Simon J., Reynolds, Pamela L., Smyth, Ashley R. and Meyer, Sebastian T. (2016). Extending Rapid Ecosystem Function Assessments to Marine Ecosystems: A Reply to Meyer. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31 (4) , 251-253.