Leah Gerber, founding director of ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes.

ASU’s Leah Gerber named Fellow of Ecological Society of America


Michelle Schwartz

Leah Gerber, founding director of Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, according to an announcement released by the ESA. Gerber was selected for her pioneering efforts to integrate marine ecology and conservation science into tenable policy and decision-making tools.

Gerber's notable achievements include a publication portfolio of more than 100 papers, receiving the “Inspirational Faculty Award” from ASU, and her role as a lead author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

The ESA established its fellows program in 2012 with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the society, at their institutions and in broader society. ESA Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, such as those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and in the broader society.

Gerber, a population ecologist and marine conservation biologist, is a senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and a professor in the School of Life Sciences, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Written by Alexandra Evans