Climate Change, Species Interactions, and Marine Reserves

Climate change represents a substantial threat to fish and wildlife populations. No-take reserves may be a critical tool in the conservation and management of these populations as increases in greenhouse gas concentrations continue to drive changes in coastal ocean conditions. My research aims to shed light on how climate-change-dependent variability in offspring survival may affect population persistence, and to determine whether traditional fishery management and reserve network design can be modified to mitigate these impacts and meet conservation targets while satisfying economic goals. I use an assortment of simple single-species and multispecies population models to address these questions. I chose to design these models based on the natural history of the commercially and recreationally exploited rockfishes (genus Sebastes) of the eastern Pacific Ocean because of the wide variability of life-histories among species within the group and management concerns caused by recent population declines.

For more details on particular projects, click on the title of interest: Marine reserves can enhance ecological resilience

Can marine reserves buffer climate-phenology mismatches?

Other marine reserve projects:                                                                   Ecological and evolutionary consequences of marine reserves

Linking models with monitoring data for assessing performance of no- take marine reserves

Measuring connectivity: MPAs and metapopulation persistence