Research Interests: Marine science, limnology, water quality, urban sustainability, social-ecological system resilience
I began my academic career with an interest in the science of coastal environments and the integration of this science into public policy and resource management. During my Ph.D. training, I expanded these interests into shallow inland waters and human influences on aquatic ecosystem stability. I worked on the coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes in both shallow lakes and estuaries. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Western Australia, I came to Brooklyn College to study the waters of Brooklyn and New York City. My work now connects to the broader concerns of urban sustainability and the resilience of social-ecological systems in an era of climate change and increased urbanization.
Portilla, S.E., B.F. Branco, and J.T. Tanacredi. 2015. Preliminary investigation into the effects of two dietary fatty acids, 20:5n-3 and 22:6n-3, on mortality of juvenile Mercenaria mercenaria during the approach to winter. Aquaculture International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10499-015-9889-4
Amy DeFelice, Jennifer D. Adams, Brett Branco, and Pieranna Pieroni 2014. Engaging underrepresented high school students in an urban environmental and geoscience place-based curriculum. Journal of Geoscience Education: February 2014, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 49-60. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5408/12-400.1
Branco, B. and K. Lazarus. Analysis of Existing Water Quality Monitoring Programs in Jamaica Bay. 2013. Report submitted to New York City Department of Environmental Protection. April 3.
Vaudrey, J.M.P, J.N. Kremer, B.F. Branco and F.T. Short. 2010. Eelgrass recovery after nutrient enrichment reversal. Aquatic Botany 93.4, November: 237-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2010.08.005.
Branco, B.F. and T. Torgersen. 2009. Diurnal sediment resuspension and settling: impact on the coupled physical and biogeochemical dynamics of dissolved oxygen and carbon in a shallow water body."" Marine and Freshwater Research 60: 669-79.