Bachelor of Science, University Puget Sound, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Maryland, 1979.
Among his important work are the Stress Gradient Hypothesis (Bertness and Callaway 1994) 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 (Bertness and Hacker 1994, Bertness et al 1999, Bertness 1999), his pioneering of experimental community ecology in salt marsh ecosystems and his work on apex predator depletion causing die-offs in salt marshes due to the release of herbivores from predator control
He is the Robert P. Brown Professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University and has had visiting distinguished appointments at Groningen University, the Netherlands, the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile and the University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. In 2002 Bertness was designated as an Inter-Services Intelligence Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Environmental Science. This indicates that Doctor Bertness was among the 250 most-cited researchers in Environmental Science during a certain period of time.
In 2009, Bertness was recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
This fellowship is a recognition of an individual"s meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Bertness is also a trustee of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
Married Janette Ann Bertero, May 8, 1983. 1 child, Sarah.