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Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy

Training the next generation of quantitative marine resource scientists to manage and conserve marine ecosystems in the 21st century



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Research Areas

To illustrate our current research activity in marine ecology, economics and policy, we provide a selected list of recent articles that are grouped by research themes. Articles are available upon request.

Coral Reef Conservation

Mumby, P., Broad, K., Brumbaugh, D., Dahlgren, C.P., Harborne, A., Hastings, A., Holmes, K., Kappel, C.V., Micheli, F. and Sanchirico, J.N. "Coral Reef Habitats as Surrogates of Species, Ecological Functions and Ecosystem Services." Conservation Biology. 2009, In press.

Harborne, A., Mumby, P., Kappel, C.V., Dahlgren, C.P., Micheli, F., Holmes, K., Sanchirico, J.N., Broad, K., Elliott, I.A. and Brumbaugh, D. "Reserve Effects Versus Natural Variation in Coral Reef Communities." Journal of Applied Ecology. 2009, In press.

Baskett, M.L., S.D. Gaines, and R.M. Nisbet. Symbiont diversity may help coral reefs survive moderate climate change. Ecological Applications, In press.

Dynamics of Marine Metapopulations and Spatial Management

Sanchirico, J.N. and Wilen, James E. "Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources: Implications of Spatial-Dynamic Ecological and Economic Processes." International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. 2008, In Press.

Wilen, James E. "Economics of Spatial-Dynamic Processes, AAEA 2007 Fellows Address." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89(5): 1134-44. 2007.

Botsford, L., Micheli, F. and Parma, A.M. "Biological and Ecological Considerations in the Design, Implementation and Success of MPAs," Expert Workshop on Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries Management: Review of Issues and Considerations. Rome, Italy FAO Fisheries Research, Report no. 825. 2007.

Fogarty, M.J. and Botsford, L. "Population Connectivity and Spatial Management of Marine Fisheries." Oceanography 20: 112-23. 2007.

Baskett, M.L. Simple fisheries and marine reserve models with species interactions: an overview and example with facilitation. CalCOFI Reports 48:71-81. 2007.

Baskett, M.L., J.S. Weitz, and S.A. Levin. The evolution of dispersal in reserve networks. American Naturalist 170(1):59-78. 2007.

Baskett, M.L., F. Micheli, and S.A. Levin. Designing marine reserves for interacting species: Insights from theory. Biological Conservation 137(2):163-179. 2007.

Kaplan, D.M., Botsford, L. and Jorgensen, S. "Dispersal Per Recruit: An Efficient Method for Assessing Sustainability in Marine Reserve Networks." Ecological Applications 16:2248-63. 2006.

Hastings, A. and Botsford, L. "Persistence of Spatial Populations Depends on Returning Home." U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103: 6067-72. 2006.

Sanchirico, J.N., Maldavkar, U., Hastings, A. and Wilen, James E. "When Are No-Take Zones an Economically Optimal Fishery Management Strategy?" Ecological Applications 16(5): 1643-59. 2006.

Baskett, M.L. Prey size refugia and trophic cascades in marine reserves. Marine Ecology Progress Series 328:285-293. 2006.

Baskett, M.L., M. Yoklavich, and M.S. Love. Predation, competition, and the recovery of overexploited fish stocks in marine reserves. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63(6):1214-1229. 2006.

Sanchirico, J.N. "Additivity Properties in Metapopulation Models: Implications for the Assessment of Marine Reserves." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 49(1): 1-25. 2005.

Sanchirico, J.N. and Wilen, James E. "Optimal Spatial Management of Renewable Resources: Matching Policy Scope to Ecosystem Scale." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 50(1): 23-46. 2005.

Baskett, M.L., S.A. Levin, S.D. Gaines, and J. Dushoff. Marine reserve design and the evolution of size at maturation in harvested fish. Ecological Applications 15(3):882-901. 2005.

Economic Analysis of Incentive Based Policies

Cancino, J., Uchida, H. and Wilen, James E. "Turfs and Itqs: Coordinated Versus Decentralized Decision Making." Marine Resource Economics 22: 391-406. 2008.

Wilen, James E. "Sports Charterboat Quota Systems: Predicting Impacts on Anglers and the Industry," D. Leal, Rights Based Management for Recreational Fisheries Rowman and Littlefield. 2008.

Newell, R., Papps, K. and Sanchirico, J.N. "Asset Pricing in Created Markets for Fishing Quota." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89(2): 259-72. 2007.

Sanchirico, J.N., Holland, D., Quigley, K. and Fina, M. "Catch-Quota Balancing in Multispecies Individual Fishing Quotas." Marine Policy 30(6): 767-85. 2006.

Wilen, James E. "Why Fisheries Management Fails: Treating Symptoms Rather Than Causes." Bulletin of Marine Science 78: 529-546. 2006.

Wilen, James E. "Prohibited Species Bycatch in the Eastern Bering Sea Flatfish Fisheries - An Analysis of Institutions and Incentives," Proceedings of the 2005 North American Fisheries Economists Forum. British Columbia. 2005.

Invasive Species Management

Hastings, A., Cuddington, K., Davies, K.F., Dugaw, C.J., Elmendorf, S., Freestone, A., Harrison, S., Holland, M., Lambrinos, J., Malvadkar, U., Melbourne, B.A., Moore, K., Taylor, C., and Thomson, D. "The spatial spread of invasions: new developments in theory and evidence." Ecology Letters 8: 91-101. 2005.

Taylor, C.M. and Hastings, A. "Finding optimal control strategies for an invasive species: A density- structured model for Spartina alterniflora." Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 1049-1057. 2004.

Taylor, C.M., Davis, H.G., Civille, J.C., Grevstad, F.S., and Hastings, A. "Consequences of an Allee effect in the invasion of a Pacific estuary by Spartina alterniflora." Ecology 85: 3254-3266. 2004

Ocean Change and Marine Resources

Adams, P.B., Botsford, L., Gobalet, K.W., et al. "Coho Salmon Are Native South of San Francisco Bay: A Reexamination of North American Coho Salmon's Southern Range Limit." Fisheries 32: 441-51. 2007.

Teo, S.L., Botsford, L. and Hastings, A. "Spatio-Temporal Covariability in Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Survival, from California to Southeast Alaska." Working paper. 2007.

Wilen, James E., et al. "Dynamic Changes in Marine Ecosystems: Fishing, Food Webs, and Future Options." National Research Council, Washington, D.C. 2006.

Botsford, L., Lawrence, C.A. and Hill, M.F. "Differences in Dynamic Response of California Current Salmon Species to Changes in Ocean Conditions." Deep-Sea Research II 52: 331-45. 2005.

Ocean Policy

Eagle, J. and Sanchirico, J.N. "Ocean Zoning and Spatial Access Privileges: Rewriting the Tragedy of the Regulated Ocean." New York University Law Review. November 2008, In press.

Richardson, E. and Wilen, James E. "The Pollock Conservation Cooperative," R. Shotton and R. Townsend, Self-Governance in Fisheries. Rome, Italy: FAO, 2008.

Sanchirico, J.N., Smith, M. and Lipton, D. "An Approach to Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management." Ecological Economics. 2007.

Wilen, James E. "Thoughts on Capacity Analysis: Is Capacity Analysis Giving Policy Makers Information They Need?" Marine Resource Economics 22(1): 79-82. 2007.

Wind Forcing and Shelf Ecosystem Productivity

Botsford, L., Lawrence, C.A., Dever, E.P., Hastings, A. and Largier, J. "Effects of Variable Winds on Biological Productivity on Continental Shelves in Coastal Upwelling Systems." Deep Sea Research II 53: 3116-40. 2006.

Largier, J., Lawrence, C.A., Roughan, M., Kaplan, D.M., Dever, E.P., Dorman, C.E., Kudela, R.M., Bollens, S.M., Wilkerson, F.P., Dugdale, R.C., Botsford, L.W., Garfield, N., Kuebel-Cervantes, B., Koracin, D. "West: A Northern California Study of the Role of Wind-Driven Transport in the Productivity of Coastal Plankton Communities." Deep Sea Research II 53: 2833-49. 2006.

Botsford, L., Lawrence, C.A., Dever, E.P., Hastings, A. and Largier, J. "Wind Strength and Biological Productivity in Upwelling Systems." Fisheries Oceanography 12: 1-15. 2003.