Leah Gerber

Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes; Senior Sustainability Scientist
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Biography

Leah Gerber is founding director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, where she leads a team of talented staff and scholars to build Arizona State University’s capacity to solve our most pressing biodiversity environmental challenges of the 21st century.

In her spare time, she is a professor of ecology, evolution and environmental sciences in the School of Life Sciences, a faculty affiliate in the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and a senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

By training, Professor Gerber is a population ecologist and marine conservation biologist who aims to connect science to policies for sustaining the health of the world’s oceans. As a population ecologist, she works at the interface between behavior, population ecology and demography of long-lived marine species. As a conservation biologist she works with government and non-governmental organizations to ensure that basic research is applied in relevant conservation settings.

In both endeavors, she employs empirical and modeling approaches to understand marine systems connect academic pursuits in marine biological sciences to tenable decision tools and policy. With a grounding in natural history and primary data collection, quantitative methods, and an appreciation for the interactions between humans and the environment, she has pioneered new approaches in protected area design, population viability analysis and incorporating uncertainty into environmental decision-making.

Professor Gerber has published broadly on life history, dispersal, monitoring, adaptive management, animal behavior and ecosystem-based management. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award, a fellow with the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and serves on the board of the Ecological Society of America. As Founding Director, she aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers. 

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Wildlife Science, University of Washington-Seattle 1998 
  • M.M.A. Marine Policy, University of Washington-Seattle 1993 
  • B.A. Environmental Biology, Mills College, Oakland, CA 1992 

Research Interests

Leah Gerbers research is motivated by a desire to connect academic pursuits in marine biological sciences to tenable decision tools and policy. This approach includes a solid grounding in natural history and primary data collection, quantitative methods and an appreciation for the interactions between humans and the environment. She has published broadly on life history, dispersal, monitoring, adaptive management, fisheries, animal behavior and ecosystem-based management. Importantly, the impact of her work extends beyond scientific impact factors  she is most proud of her work that has been used in policy decisions and has stimulated public discourse in popular media.

  • Adaptive management
  • Ecology
  • Biology/microbiology
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Life below water
  • Mathematical and system dynamics modeling
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Fisheries
  • Environmental policy
  • Ecosystem services
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Ecological behavior
  • Quantitative approaches to decision making under scientific uncertainty
  • Population biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Conservation
  • Decision science
  • Marine mammal biology
  • Fisheries management
  • Risk management
  • Boundary science

Publications

Journal Articles

In Press

Enquist, C., F. Davis, G. M. Garfin, L. R. Gerber, S. Jackson, J. Littell, J. Tank, A. Terando and T. Wall. Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Hallett, L., T. L. Morelli, L. R. Gerber, M. Moritz, M. Schwartz, N. Stephenson, J. Tank, M. Williamson and C. Woodhouse. Navigating translational ecology: Creating opportunities for scientist participation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Marshall, K. N., P. S. Levin, T. E. Essington, L. E. Koehn, L. G. Anderson, A. Bundy, C. Carothers, F. Coleman, L. R. Gerber, J. H. Grabowski, E. Houde, O. P. Jensen, C. Mollmann, K. Rose, J. N. Sanchirico and A. D. Smith. Ecosystem-based fisheries management for social-ecological systems: Renewing the focus in the United States with next generation Fishery Ecosystem Plans. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12367. (link )

2017

Huang, B., J. K. Abbott, E. P. Fenichel, R. Muneepeerakul, C. Perrings and L. Gerber. 2017. Testing the feasibility of a hypothetical whaling-conservation permit market in Norway. Conservation Biology 31(4):809-817. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12916. (link )

Huang, B., J. K. Abbott, E. P. Fenichel, R. Muneepeerakul, C. K. Perrings and L. R. Gerber. 2017. Testing the feasibility of a hypothetical whaling-conservation permit market in Norway. Conservation Biology 31(4):809-817. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12916. (link )

Puritty, C., L. R. Strickland, E. Alia, B. Blonder, E. Klein, M. T. Kohl, E. McGee, M. Quintana, R. E. Ridley, B. Tellman and L. R. Gerber. 2017. Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough. Science 357(6356):1101-1102. DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9054. (link )

Thiele, T. and L. R. Gerber. 2017. Innovative financing for the High Seas. Aquatic Conservation 27(51):89-99. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2794. (link )

2016

Gerber, L. R. 2016. Conservation triage or injurious neglect in endangered species recovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(13):3563–3566. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1525085113. (link )

Gerber, L. R. 2016. Write Back: Beyond the whaling stalemate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(4):182-183. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1259. (link )

Gerber, L. R., P. Bakker, S. Bonini and S. McCormick. 2016. Guest Editorial: The marriage of business and ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(1):3. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1209. (link )

2015

Gerber, L. R. 2015. Guest Editorial: A deal with Japan on whaling?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13(7):347. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295-13.7.347. (link )

Hernandez-Camacho, C. J., V. J. Bakker, D. Aurioles-Gamboa, J. Laake and L. R. Gerber. 2015. The use of surrogate data in demographic population viability analysis: A case study of sea lions. PLOS One 10(9):e0139158. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139158. (link )

Troyer, C. M. and L. R. Gerber. 2015. Assessing the impact of the U.S. Endangered Species Act recovery planning guidelines on managing threats for listed species. Conservation Biology 29(5): 1423–1433. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12552. (link )

2014

Gerber, L. R., J. D. Anadon, C. D'Agrosa and A. Gondor. 2014. Conservation prioritization to conservation action in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Journal of Conservation Planning 10:1-16. (link )

Gerber, L. R., C. Costello and S. D. Gaines. 2014. Conservation markets for wildlife management with case studies from whaling. Ecological Applications 24(1):4-14. DOI: 10.1890/12-1919.1. (link )

Gerber, L. R., C. Costello and S. D. Gaines. 2014. Facilitate, don’t forbid, trade between conservationists and resource harvesters. Ecological Applications 24(1):23-24. DOI: 10.1890/13-1541.1. (link )

Gerber, L. R., M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M. I. O'Connor and E. R. Selig. 2014. . Climate change impacts on connectivity in the ocean: Implications for conservation. Ecosphere 5(3):Art. 33. DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00336.1. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and E. R. White. 2014. Two-sex matrix models in assessing population viability: when do male dynamics matter?. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(1):270-278. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12177. (link )

Senko, J., E. R. White, S. S. Heppell and L. R. Gerber. 2014. Review: Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafauna. Animal Conservation 17(1):5-18. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12051. (link )

2013

Anadon, J. D., M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, B. D. Best and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Habitat-specific larval dispersal and marine connectivity: implications for spatial conservation planning. Ecosphere 4(7):Art. 82. DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00119.1. (link )

Cuddington, K., M. Fortin, L. R. Gerber, A. Hastings, A. M. Liebhold, M. I. O'Connor and C. Ray. 2013. Process-based models are required to manage ecological systems in a changing world. Ecosphere 4(2):Art. 20. DOI: 10.1890/ES12-00178.1. (link )

Gerber, L. R., R. Karimi and T. P. Fitzgerald. 2013. Write Back: Does trophic level predict seafood sustainability?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(3):122-123. DOI: 10.1890/13.WB.007. (link )

Gregory, R., J. Arval and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Structuring decisions for managing threatened and endangered species in a changing climate. Conservation Biology 27(6):1212-1221. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12165. (link )

Minteer, B. A. and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology Online 29(3):58-68. (link )

Rife, A. N., O. Aburto-Oropeza, P. A. Hastings, B. Erisman, F. Ballantyne, J. Wielgus, E. Sala and L. Gerber. 2013. Long-term effectiveness of a multi-use marine protected area on reef fish assemblages and fisheries landings. Journal of Environmental Management117(Mar):276-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.12.029. (link )

Wildermuth, R. P., J. D. Anadon and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Monitoring behavior: Assessing population status with rapid behavioral assessment. Conservation Letters 6(2):86-97. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00298.x. (link )

2012

Costello, C., S. Gaines and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Conservation science: A market approach to saving the whales. Nature 481(7380):139-140. DOI: 1038/481139a. (link )

Dee, L. and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Application of decision theory to conservation planning and management. Nature Education Knowledge3(10):11. (link )

Flatz, R., M. Gonzalez-Suarez, J. K. Young, C. J. Hernandez-Camacho, A. J. Immel and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Weak polygyny in California sea lions and the potential for alternative mating tactics. PLOS One 7(3):e33654. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033654. (link )

Fujitani, M. L., E. P. Fenichel, J. Torre and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Implementation of a marine reserve has a rapid but short-lived effect on recreational angler use. Ecological Applications 22(2):597-605. DOI: 10.1890/11-0603.1. (link )

Gerber, L. R. 2012. The scientific whaling loophole. Science 337(6098):1038. DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6098.1038-a. (link )

Gerber, L. R., R. Karimi and T. P. Fitzgerald. 2012. Sustaining seafood for public health. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment10(9):487-493. DOI: 10.1890/120003. (link )

2011

Anadon, J. D., C. D'Agrosa, A. Gondor and L. R. Gerber. 2011. Quantifying the spatial ecology of wide-ranging marine species in the Gulf of California: Implications for marine conservation planning. PLOS One 6(12):e28400. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028400. (link )

French, S. S., M. Gonzalez-Suarez, J. K. Young, S. Durham and L. R. Gerber. 2011. Human disturbance influences reproductive success and growth rate in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). PLOS One 6(3):e17686. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017686. (link )

Gerber, L. R. 2011. What is conservation biology?. Nature Education Knowledge 1(10):14.

Gerber, L. R., J. A. Estes, T. G. Crawford, L. E. Peavey and A. J. Read. 2011. Managing for extinction? Conflicting conservation objectives in a large marine reserve. Conservation Letters 3(6):417-422. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00197.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and M. Gonzalez-Suarez. 2011. Population viability analysis: Origins and contributions. Nature Education Knowledge1(11):15.

Hughes, Z. D., E. P. Fenichel and L. R. Gerber. 2011. The potential impact of labor choices on the efficacy of marine conservation strategies. PLOS One 6(8):e23722. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023722. (link )

Underwood, J. G., J. Francis and L. R. Gerber. 2011. Incorporating biodiversity conservation and recreational wildlife values into smart growth land use planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 100(1-2):136-143. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2010.11.014. (link )

2010

Chirakkal, H. and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Short and long-term population response to changes in vital rates: Implications for demographic population viability analysis. Ecological Applications 20(3):783-788. DOI: 10.1890/09-0560.1. (link )

Flatz, R. and L. R. Gerber. 2010. First evidence for adoption in California sea lions. PLOS One 5(11):e12873. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013873. (link )

Gerber, L. R., M. Gonzalez-Suarez, C. J. Hernandez-Camacho, J. K. Young and J. L. Sabo. 2010. The cost of male aggression and polygyny in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). PLOS One 5(8):e12230. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012230. (link )

Green, D. S., J. K. Young, C. J. Hernandez-Camacho and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Developing a non-invasive indicator of pinniped health: Neonate behavior and growth in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Ciencias Marinas 36(3):311-321. (link )

Morissette, L., K. Kaschner and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Ecosystem models clarify the trophic role of whales off Northwest Africa. Marine Ecology Progress Series 404:289-302. DOI: 10.3354/meps08443. (link )

Morissette, L., K. Kaschner and L. R. Gerber. 2010. ‘Whales eat fish’? Demystifying the myth in the Caribbean marine ecosystem. Fish and Fisheries 11(4):388-404. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00366.x. (link )

Underwood, J., C. D'Agrosa and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Identifying conservation areas on the basis of alternative distribution data sets. Conservation Biology 24(1):162-170. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01303.x. (link )

Ward, E., H. Chirakkal, M. Gonzalez-Suarez, D. Aurioles-Gamboa, E. E. Holmes and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Inferring spatial structure from time series data: Using multivariate state-space models to detect metapopulation structure of California sea lions in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Journal of Applied Ecology 47(1):47-56. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01745.x. (link )

Wielgus, J., A. Balmford, T. B. Lewis, C. Mora and L. R. Gerber. 2010. Coral reef quality and recreation fees in marine protected areas. Conservation Letters 3(1):38-44. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00084.x. (link )

2009

Gerber, L. R., L. Morissette, K. Kaschner and D. Pauly. 2009. Should whales be culled to increase fishery yield?. Science 323(5916):880-881. DOI: 10.1126/science.1169981. (link )

Gonzalez-Suarez, M., R. Flatz, D. Aurioles-Gamboa, P. Hedrick and L. R. Gerber. 2009. Isolation by distance among California sea lion populations in Mexico: Redefining management stocks. Molecular Ecology 18(6):1088-1099. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04093.x. (link )

Holcomb, K., J. K. Young and L. R. Gerber. 2009. The influence of human disturbance on the behavior of California sea lions during the breeding season. Animal Conservation 12(6):592-598. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2009.00290.x. (link )

Stamieszkin, K., J. Wielgus and L. R. Gerber. 2009. Management of a marine protected area for sustainability and conflict resolution: Lessons from Loreto Bay National Park (Baja California Sur, Mexico). Ocean & Coastal Management 52(9):449-458. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2009.07.006. (link )

Wielgus, J., L. R. Gerber, E. Sala and J. Bennett. 2009. Including risk in stated-preference economic valuations: Experiments on choices for marine recreation. Journal of Environmental Management 90(11):3401-3409. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.05.010. (link )

2008

Gonzalez-Suarez, M. and L. R. Gerber. 2008. . A behaviorally explicit demographic model integrating habitat selection and population dynamics in California sea lions. Conservation Biology 22(6):1608-1618. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.00995.x. (link )

Gonzalez-Suarez, M. and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Habitat preferences of California sea lions: Implications for conservation. Journal of Mammology 89(6):1521-1528. (link )

Hernandez-Camacho, C. J., D. Aurioles-Gamboa and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Age-specific birth rates of California sea lions (Zalophus Californianus) in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Marine Mammal Science 24(3):664-676. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2008.00199.x. (link )

Hernandez-Camacho, C. J., D. Aurioles-Gamboa, J. Laake and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Survival rates of the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, in Mexico. Journal of Mammology 89(4):1059-1066. DOI: 10.1644/07-MAMM-A-404.1. (link )

Jacobs, D. F., C. J. Hernandez-Camacho, J. K. Young and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Determinants of outcomes of agonistic interactions among male California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Journal of Mammology 89(5):1212-1217. (link )

Robertson, K., C. W. Runcorn, J. K. Young and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Spatial and temporal patterns of territory use of male California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Zoology 86(4):237-244. DOI: 10.1139/Z07-136. (link)

Rowell, K., K. W. Fleesa, D. L. Dettman, M. J. Roman, L. R. Gerber and L. T. Findley. 2008. Diverting the Colorado River leads to a dramatic life history shift in an endangered marine fish. Biological Conservation 141(4):1138-1148. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2008.02.013. (link )

Underwood, J. G., C. J. Hernandez-Camacho, D. Aurioles-Gamboa and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Estimating sustainable bycatch rates for California sea lion populations in the Gulf of California. Conservation Biology 22(3):701-710. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.00919.x. (link )

Wielgus, J., M. Gonzalez-Suarez, D. Aurioles-Gamboa and L. R. Gerber. 2008. A noninvasive demographic assessment of sea lions based on stage-specific abundances. Ecological Applications 18(5):1287-1296. DOI: 10.1890/07-0892.1. (link )

Wielgus, J., E. Sala and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Assessing the ecological and economic benefits of a no-take marine reserve. Ecological Economics 57(1):32-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.04.019. (link )

Young, J. K. and L. R. Gerber. 2008. The influence of social composition on reproductive behavior of territorial male California sea lions. Aquatic Mammals 34(1):102-108. DOI: 10.1578/AM.34.1.2008.102. (link )

Young, J. K., M. Gonzalez-Suarez and L. R. Gerber. 2008. Determinants of agonistic interactions in California sea lions. Behaviour145(12):1797-1810. (link )

2007

Gaines, S. D., B. Gaylord, L. R. Gerber, A. Hastings and B. P. Kinlan. 2007. Connecting places: The ecological consequences of dispersal in the sea. Oceanography 20(3):90-99. DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2007.32. (link )

Gerber, L. R., A. C. Keller and D. P. DeMaster. 2007. Ten thousand and increasing: Is the western Arctic population of bowhead whale endangered?. Biological Conservation 137(4):577-583. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2007.03.024. (link )

Gerber, L. R., J. Wielgus and E. Sala. 2007. A decision framework for the adaptive management of an exploited species with implications for marine reserves. Conservation Biology 21(6):1594-1602. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00824.x. (link )

Sabo, J. L. and L. R. Gerber. 2007. Predicting extinction risk in spite of predator-prey oscillations. Ecological Applications 17(5):1543-1554. DOI: 10.1890/06-0630.1. (link )

Ward, E., R. Hilborn, R. G. Towell and L. R. Gerber. 2007. A state-space mixture approach for estimating catastrophic events in time series data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 64(6):899-910. DOI: 10.1139/f07-060. (link )

Wielgus, J., F. Ballantyne, E. Sala and L. R. Gerber. 2007. Viability analysis of reef fish populations based on limited demographic information. Conservation Biology 21(2):447-454. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00644.x. (link )

Young, J. K., L. R. Gerber, C. D'Agrosa, R. Hilborn, G. Hopcraft and P. Arcese. 2007. Wildlife population increases in Serengeti National Park (commentary). Science 315(5820):1790-1791. DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5820.1790b. (link )

Young, J. K., C. J. Hernandez-Camacho and L. R. Gerber. 2007. Long-distance movement of a pinniped neonate. Marine Mammal Science 23(4):926-930. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2007.00138.x. (link )

2006

Gerber, L. R. 2006. Including behavioral data in demographic models may improve estimates of population viability. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(8):419-427. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2006)4[419:IBDIDM]2.0.CO;2. (link )

Gonzalez-Suarez, M., K. E. McCluney, D. Aurioles and L. R. Gerber. 2006. Incorporating uncertainty in spatial structure for viability predictions: A case study of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus californianus). Animal Conservation 9(2):219-227. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2006.00022.x. (link )

Zacharias, M. A., L. R. Gerber and K. D. Hyrenbach. 2006. Review of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary: Marine protected areas in the context of the International Whaling Commission Sanctuary Programme. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 8(1):1-12. DOI: 10.1.1.475.6861. (link )

2005

Gerber, L. R., M. Beger, M. A. McCarthy and H. P. Possingham. 2005. A theory for optimal monitoring of marine reserves. Ecology Letters8(8):829-837. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00784.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R., S. S. Heppell, F. Ballantyne and E. Sala. 2005. The role of dispersal and demography in determining the efficacy of marine reserves. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62(4):863-871. DOI: 10.1139/f05-046. (link )

Gerber, L. R., K. D. Hyrenbach and M. A. Zacharias. 2005. Do the world’s largest protected areas conserve whales or whalers?. Science307(5709):525-526. DOI: 10.1126/science.1106120. (link )

Gerber, L. R., H. McCallum, K. D. Lafferty, J. L. Sabo and A. Dobson. 2005. Exposing extinction risk analysis to pathogens: Is disease just another form of density dependence?. Ecological Applications 15(4):1402-1414. DOI: 10.1890/04-0880. (link )

Green, J. L., A. Hastings, P. W. Arzberger, F. J. Ayala, K. L. Cottingham, K. Cuddington, F. Davis, J. A. Dunne, M. Fortin, L. Gerber and M. Neubert. 2005. Complexity in ecology and conservation: Mathematical, statistical, and computational challenges. BioScience 55(6):501-510. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0501:CIEACM]2.0.CO;2. (link )

McCallum, H., L. Gerber and A. Jani. 2005. Does infectious disease influence the efficacy of marine protected areas? A theoretical framework. Journal of Applied Ecology 42(4):688-698. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01043.x. (link )

Papastavrou, V., R. Leaper, L. R. Gerber, K. D. Hyrenbach and M. A. Zacharias. 2005. Debating whale sanctuaries. Science 309(5731):51-52. DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5731.51e. (link )

2004

Buenau, K. E. and L. R. Gerber. 2004. Developing recovery and monitoring strategies for the endemic Mount Graham Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) in Arizona. Animal Conservation 7(1):17-22. DOI: 10.1017/S1367943003001124. (link )

Gerber, L. R., K. E. Buenau and G. VanBlaricom. 2004. Density dependence and risk of extinction in a small population of sea otters. Biodiversity & Conservation 13(14):2741-2757. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-004-2146-1. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and S. S. Heppell. 2004. The use of demographic sensitivity analysis in marine species conservation planning. Biological Conservation 120(1):121-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2004.01.029. (link )

Gerber, L. R., O. J. Reichman and J. Roughgarden. 2004. Food hoarding: Future value in optimal foraging decisions. Ecological Modelling 175(1):77-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2003.10.022. (link )

Gerber, L. R., M. T. Tinker, D. F. Doak, J. A. Estes and D. A. Jessup. 2004. Mortality sensitivity in life-stage simulation analysis: A case study of southern sea otters. Ecological Applications 14(5):1554-1565. DOI: 10.1890/03-5006. (link )

Harvell, D., R. Aronson, N. Baron, J. Connell, A. Dobson, S. Ellner, L. Gerber, K. Kim, A. Kuris, H. McCallum, K. Lafferty, B. McKay, J. Porter, M. Pascual, G. Smith, K. Sutherland and J. Ward. 2004. The rising tide of ocean diseases: Unsolved problems and research priorities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(7):375-382. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2004)002[0375:TRTOOD]2.0.CO;2. (link )

Hooker, S. K. and L. R. Gerber. 2004. Potential importance of megafauna: Marine reserves as a tool for ecosystem-based management?. BioScience 54(1):27-39. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0027:MRAATF]2.0.C;2. (link )

Keller, A. C. and L. R. Gerber. 2004. Monitoring and the Endangered Species Act: Revisiting the Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale. Endangered Species UPDATE 20(1):87-92. (link )

Micheli, F., P. Amarasekare, J. Bascompte and L. R. Gerber. 2004. Including species interactions in the design and evaluation of marine reserves: Some insights from a predator-prey model. Bulletin of Marine Science 74(3):653-669. (link )

2003

Gerber, L. 2003. Delisting of species under the ESA. Conservation Biology 17(3):651-652. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.2003.02110.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R., L. W. Botsford, A. Hastings, H. P. Possingham, S. D. Gaines, S. R. Palumbi and S. Andelman. 2003. Population models for marine reserve design: A retrospective and prospective synthesis. Ecological Applications 13(Sp. 1):47-64. DOI: 10.1890/1051-0761(2003)013[0047:PMFMRD]2.0.CO;2. (link )

Gerber, L. R., E. W. Seabloom, R. S. Burton and O. J. Reichman. 2003. Translocation of an imperiled woodrat population: Integrating spatial and habitat patterns. Animal Conservation 6(4):309-316. DOI: 10.1017/S136794300300338X. (link )

Shelden, K. E., D. J. Rugh, D. P. DeMaster and L. R. Gerber. 2003. Evaluation of bowhead whale status: Reply to Taylor. Conservation Biology 17(3):918-920. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.2003.03003.x. (link )

2002

Gerber, L. R. and L. T. Hatch. 2002. Are we recovering? An evaluation of recovery criteria under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Ecological Applications 12(3):668-673. DOI: 10.2307/3060976. (link )

Gerber, L. R., P. M. Kareiva and J. Bascompte. 2002. The influence of life history attributes and fishing pressure on the efficacy of marine reserves. Biological Conservation 106(1):11-18. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00224-5. (link )

Lafferty, K. D. and L. R. Gerber. 2002. Good medicine for conservation biology: The intersection of epidemiology and conservation theory. Conservation Biology 16(3):593-604. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.2002.00446.x. (link )

Schultz, C. B. and L. R. Gerber. 2002. Are recovery plans improving with practive?. Ecological Applications 12(3):641-647. DOI: 10.1890/1051-0761(2002)012[0641:ARPIWP]2.0.CO;2. (link )

2001

Gerber, L. 2001. Conservation biology of cetaceans in marine communities of Baja California: Science or advocacy?. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10(3):335-336. DOI: 10.1046/j.1466-822X.2001.00171-8.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and R. Hilborn. 2001. Catastrophic events and recovery from low densities in populations of otariids: Implications for risk of extinction. Mammal Review 31(2):131-150. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2907.2001.00081.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and C. B. Schultz. 2001. Authorship and the use of biological information in endangered species recovery plans. Conservation Biology 15(5):1308-1314. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2001.00110.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R. and G. VanBlaricom. 2001. Implications of three viability models for the conservation status of the western population of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Biological Conservation 102(3):261-269. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00104-5. (link )

2000

Gerber, L. R., D. DeMaster and S. Perry Roberts. 2000. Measuring success in conservation. Assessing efforrts to restore populations of marine mannals is partly a matter of epistemology: How do you know when enough is enough?. American Scientist 88(4):316-324. (link)

Gerber, L., D. DeMaster and S. Roberts. 2000. Measuring success in conservation. American Scientist 88(4):316-324. DOI: 10.1511/2000.4.316. (link )

1999

Gerber, L. R. and D. P. DeMaster. 1999. A quantitative approach to Endangered Species Act classification of long-lived vertebrates: Application to the North Pacific humpback whale. Conservation Biology 13(5):1203-1214. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.98277.x. (link)

Gerber, L. R., D. P. DeMaster and P. M. Kareiva. 1999. Gray whales and the value of monitoring data in implementing the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation Biology 13(5):1215-1219. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.98466.x. (link )

Gerber, L. R., W. S. Wooster, D. P. DeMaster and G. R. VanBlaricom. 1999. Marine mammals: New objectives in U.S. fishery management. Reviews in Fisheries Science 7(1):23-38. DOI: 10.1080/10641269991319180. (link )

1998

Gerber, L. R. 1998. Seeking a rational approach to setting conservation priorities for marine mammals. Integrative Biology 1(3):90-98. DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6602(1998)1:3<90::AID-INBI3>3.0.CO;2-Q. (link )

1993

Norse, E. A. and L. R. Gerber. 1993. A global strategy for conserving biological diversity in the sea. Diversity 9(3):40-43. (link )

Book Chapters

2015

del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M. and L. R. Gerber. 2015. Guiding principles for green economic development in the marine environment: Insights from small-scale fisheries and marine protected areas. Pp. Chapter 8 In: Gasparatos, A. and K. J. Willis eds., Biodiversity in the Green Economy. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415723329.

2013

VanBlaricom, G., L. R. Gerber and R. L. Brownell Jr. 2013. Extinctions of marine mammals. Pp. 64-93 In: Levin, S. A. ed., Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier Inc.. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00187-8. ISBN: 9780123847195. (link )

2012

Gerber, L. R., T. G. Crawford and B. S. Halpern. 2012. Marine reserves and ecosystem-based management. Pp. 397-403 In: Hastings, A. and L. J. Gross eds., Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology. University of California Press. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. ISBN: 978-0520269651.

Hernandez-Camacho, C. J. and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Sea lions. World Book Encyclopedia. World Book.

2004

Gerber, L. R. 2004. Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in the Pacific Rim: Biological uncertainty and extinction risk. Pp. 482-490 In: Akcakaya, H. R., M. A. Burgman, O. Kindvall, C. C. Wood, J. S. Hatfield and M. A. McCarthy eds., Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195166460.

2001

VanBlaricom, G., L. R. Gerber and R. L. Brownell Jr. 2001. Extinctions of marine mammals. Pp. 37-69 In: Levin, S. A. ed., Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier Inc.. DOI: 10.1016/B0-12-226865-2/00188-7. ISBN: 978-0-12-226865-6 . (link )

Conference Papers

2006

Szteren, D., D. Aurioles and L. R. Gerber. 2006. Population status and trends of the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus californianus) in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Pp. 369-384 In: Trites, A. W., S. K. Atkinson, D. P. DeMaster, L. W. Fritz, T. S. Gelatt, L. D. Rea and K. M. Wynne eds., Sea Lions of the World. Sea Lions of the World: Conservation and Research in the 21st Century, 22nd Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium. Anchorage, AK. (link )

Reports

2012

Rudnick, D. A., S. J. Ryan, P. Beier, S. A. Cushman, F. Dieffenbach, C. W. Epps, L. R. Gerber, J. Hartter, J. S. Jenness, J. Kintsch, A. M. Merenlender, R. M. Perkl, D. V. Preziosi and S. C. Trombulak. 2012. The role of landscape connectivity in planning and implementing conservation and restoration priorities. Ecological Society of America. 16. (link )

2009

Morissette, L., J. L. Melgo, K. Kaschner and L. R. Gerber. 2009. Modelling the trophic role of marine mammals in tropical areas: data requirements, uncertainty, and validation. Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia . Research Report Vol. 17, No. 2. (link )

2007

D'Agrosa, C., L. R. Gerber, J. Wielgus and F. Ballantyne. 2007. Navigating uncertain seas: Adaptive monitoring and management of marine protected areas. School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University and Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. (link )

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles

M. Mancha-Cisneros and L.R. Gerber. 2015. Guiding principles for green economic development in the marine environment: Insights from small-scale fisheries. In Gasparatos and Willis, Biodiversity in the Green Economy, Routledge.

Hernandez, C. and L.R. Gerber. 2012. Sea lions. World Book Encyclopedia. World Book.

VanBlaricom, G.R., L.R. Gerber, and R.L. Brownell, Jr. 2012. The Past, Present and Future of Marine Mammals. In: S.A. Levin (editor). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Volume 4. Academic Press, San Diego.

Gerber, L. R., T. N. Gancos, and B. Halpern. 2012. Marine reserves and ecosystem-based management: Nested approaches for marine conservation. In A. Hastings and L. Gross, editors. Sourcebook in Theoretical Ecology. University of California Press.

Morissette, L., J.L. Melgo, K. Kaschner and L.R. Gerber. 2009. Modelling the Trophic Role of Marine Mammals in Tropical Areas:  Data requirements, uncertainty, and validation. UBC Fisheries Center Research Reports 17(2) 120 pp.

D’Agrosa, C., L.R. Gerber, E. Sala, J. Wielgus, and F. Ballantyne IV. 2007. Navigating Uncertain Seas: Adaptive monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas. 32 pp.

Szteren, D., D. Aurioles and L.R. Gerber. 2006. Population status and trends of the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus californianus) in the Gulf of California, México. In: Trites, A., S. Atkinson, D. DeMaster, L. Fritz, T. Gelatt, L. Rea, and K. Wynne (Eds.), Sea Lions of the World: Conservation and Research in the 21st Century. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gerber, L.R. 2004. Biological uncertainty and extinction risk for Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) In: R.A. Akcakaya (Ed.), Developing models for conservation and management using RAMAS GIS. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Sabo, J.S. and L.R. Gerber. 2001. Trophic Ecology.  In: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York.

VanBlaricom, G.R., L.R. Gerber, and R.L. Brownell, Jr. 2000. Extinctions of marine mammals. Pages 37-69 In: S.A. Levin (editor). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Volume 4. Academic Press, San Diego.

Gerber, L.R. 1999. Marine Conservation and Marine Reserves In: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, ISBN 0-07-052771-7.

Morris, W., D. Doak, M. Groom, P. Kareiva, J. Fieberg, L.R. Gerber, P. Murphy, and D. Thomson. 1999. A practical handbook for population viability analysis. The Nature Conservancy, ISBN: 0-9624590-4-6. 133 pp.

Gerber, L.R. 1999. Scientific uncertainty and sentimentality: Extinctions & protective legislation of marine mammals In: International Cooperation in Science and Technology. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Inc. ISBN: 0-914446-13-4.

Research Activity

  • Gerber,Leah R*, Sabo,John L. Developing Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Water Infrastructure (ASUF 30006444). ASU FDN(2/1/2015 - 12/31/2016).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Sustaining Fisheries for Public Health. Lighthouse(11/3/2011 - 12/31/2013).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Can fisheries catches in tropical waters be increased through reduction of whale stocks? Examining the scientific evidence using three case studies. PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS(7/1/2007 - 4/30/2010).
  • Gerber,Leah R*, D&#039;Agrosa,Caterina E. Ecoregional Assessment: Conservation Area Prioritization and Connectivity Analysis. NATURE CONSERVANCY(3/13/2007 - 7/31/2009).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Marine Reserves as a Tool for Ecosystem-Based Management (Stage 2): The Potential Importance of Long-Lived Reef Fishes. PACKARD (DAVID & LUCILE) FDN(4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Recreational Values and Benefit Transfers of Fishery Resources in the Gulf of California, Mexico. OCEAN FDN(3/12/2006 - 6/30/2007).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Marine Reserves as a Tool for Ecosystem-Based Management: The Potential Importance of Long-Lived Reef Fishes. CONSERVATION INTERNATL'l(1/1/2005 - 12/31/2006).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. Marine Reserves as a Tool for Ecosystem-Based Management: The Potential Importance of Long-Lived Reef Fishes. PACKARD (DAVID & LUCILE) FDN(10/1/2004 - 12/31/2005).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. CAREER: Integrating Behavior and Demography in Marine Mammal Conservation. NSF-BIO(4/15/2004 - 3/31/2010).
  • Collins,James*, Davidson,Elizabeth W, Gerber,Leah R, Kinzig,Ann, Rutowski,Ronald L. UMEB: EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS. NSF-BIO(9/1/2003 - 8/31/2004).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. DEVELOPING A DECISION FRAMEWORK FOR MARINE RESERVE MANAGEMENT IN THE GULF OF CA (PACKARD). UCSD-SCRIPPS INSTITUTE(1/1/2003 - 12/31/2006).
  • Gerber,Leah R*. DEVELOPING A DECISION FRAMEWORK FOR MARINE RESERVE MANAGEMENT IN THE GULF OF CA (TINKER). UCSD-SCRIPPS INSTITUTE(1/1/2003 - 3/31/2007).

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 411 Quant Methods in Conserv & Eco
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 596 Scientific Paper
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 411 Quant Methods in Conserv & Eco
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 591 Seminar
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 411 Quant Methods in Conserv & Eco
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 411 Quant Methods in Conserv & Eco
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 591 Seminar
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
BIO 322 Conservation of Biodiversity
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 591 Seminar
Summer 2013
Course Number Course Title
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction

Presentations

2017       International Congress for Conservation Biology Workshop 202: Partnerships for conservation

2016       Expanding diversity in the next generation of ecology: What works to recruit, matriculate, and retain disadvantaged youth in undergraduate degrees in ecological degree programs?

2014       Developing decision tools to facilitate recovery planning under the Endangered Species Act,   National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center to develop new decision tools for recovery and spending decisions in endangered species conservation.

2013       Escaping the Ivory tower, Symposium at annual AAAS meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

2013       Integrating theory and data in marine science Plenary Speaker at Western Society of Naturalists Meeting, Monterey, California.

2011       'All You Need to Know is...: Advice from Theorists on Managing Ecosystems in a Changing Climate, Symposium at the 2010 Ecological Society of American meeting in Pittsburg, PA

 

Service

National and International

2016-     Red List Committee, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

2016-     Co-director, ASU-Conservation International Knowledge Partnership

2016-     Reducing Ocean Waste Task Force, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

2016-     Lead Author, Global Assessment, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

2016-     Knowledge Partner Liaison Delegate, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

2016       External Reviewer, Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission

2015-7   Lenfest Ecosystem Based Fishery Management Task Force member, Pew Charitable Trusts

2015-     Nominating Committee, Indianapolis Prize, Indianapolis Zoo

2015       External Review Panel, NMFS Endangered Species Program, NOAA

2014-6   Member at large, Ecological Society of America’s Board of Governors

2013       Editorial Board, Conservation Biology

2012       Antarctic Ecosystems Review Panel, NSF

2012       Development Committee, Ecological Society of America

2012       Chair, NMFS shark predation management review panel, Center for Independent Experts

2011       Chair, Review Panel, Hawaiian monk seal translocation plan, NMFS

2011       Editorial Board, ISRN Ecology

2007       Editorial Board, Conservation Letters

2007       Ocean Science Review Panel, NSF

2006       Advisory Panel for NSF CAREER program

2003-8   Editorial Board, Conservation Biology

2004-9   Editorial Board, Endangered Species Research

2002-7   Recovery Team Member and Plan co-author, White Abalone Recovery Team

2002-     Recovery Team Member, Mount Graham Red Squirrel Recovery Team

2002Reviewer, President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration, NOAA

2002       Advisory Panel Member, Abalone Recovery and Management Team

2000-2Policy Committee, Society for Conservation Biology Board of Governors

2002-5Science Chair, Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology

1996-8Member-at-Large, Society for Marine Mammalogy Board of Governors

2003-    Reviewer, Ecology and Biological Oceanography Panels, National Science Foundation

 

Regional and ASU

2015-     President’s Council on Women in Leadership, ASU

2014-     Founding Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, ASU

2012       Coordinator, Hugh Hanson Ecology Seminar Series, ASU

2012-     Director, Environmental Leadership and Communications Certificate, ASU

2011-     Research and Training Initiatives Committee, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2011-     Advisory Board for the Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience Initiative, ASU

2007-9   Personnel committee, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2007-9   Undergraduate Programs Committee, School of Sustainability, ASU

2006-9   Review committee, School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program, ASU

2005-     Honors Disciplinary Faculty, Barrett Honors College, ASU

2004-7   Research Coordination Network for the Colorado Delta Region, NSF

2002-     Co-director, Undergraduate Conservation Biology Program, Arizona State University

2003-6   Undergraduate Programs Committee, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University