Bryan Legare is a Seascape Ecologist interested in understanding marine ecosystems and the movements of organisms within them. Bryan specializes in the use of marine technologies to quantify both the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the marine environment. These technologies include sonar (sidescan, multibeam, singlebeam, and imaging), current profilers, acoustic telemetry and in-situ data loggers. Bryan links these data in GIS software’s using spatial and non-parametric statistics to understand long-term trends in relation to natural and anthropogenic ecosystem processes. Current research includes “Quantifying the long and short term effects of hydraulic clamming”, “Understanding the movements of elasmobranchs in the Caribbean”, “Long-term tidal monitoring within Cape Cod estuaries” and “Mapping and quantifying lost fishing gear as habitat”.
Bryan has a M.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of the Virgin Islands and a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Doctoral intern at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) and a Student in the Environmental Conservation Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning a PhD in Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology. His dissertation includes quantifying the movements of white sharks at beaches along Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Using acoustic telemetry, virtual positioning, and acoustic mapping surveys sharks will be tracked in water depths of 1-10 m and movements will be associated to the abiotic and biotic conditions present.
- MS, Marine and Environmental Science, University of The Virgin Islands, 2011
- BS, General Biology, University of New Hampshire, 2007