Leah R. Gerber

Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes; Senior Sustainability Scientist
Leah Gerber
Phone: (480) 727-3109, Lab: (480) 727-8178
Office: LSA 212
Education: PhD, 1998, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Curriculum Vitae: PDF icon gerber_l_cv.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions

Leah R. Gerber is a broadly trained population ecologist and marine conservation biologist. She is committed to a strong, empirically based marine research program and to connecting science to policies for sustaining the health of the world’s oceans.

Her research team focuses on integrating animal ecology and management, with special interest in animal life history, dispersal and behavior, as well as population monitoring and adaptive and ecosystem-based management.

The impact of Gerber's work extends beyond creating new scientific knowledge. Much of her team's work has been used in policy decisions — contributing to decision-making processes in conservation planning, endangered species recovery, marine reserve design and disease management. Gerber is also Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the School of Sustainability.

Select Publications

  • Gerber, L.R., C. Costello and S. Gaines. In press. Conservation markets for wildlife management with case studies from whaling. Ecological Applications.
  • Minteer, B.A. and L.R. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology 29:58-68.
  • Anandon, J.A.,M. Cisineros-Machos, B. Best and L.R. Gerber. In Press. Habitat-Specific larval dispersal and marine connectivity: Implications for reserve design. Ecosphere.
  • Gerber, L.R., R. Karimi and T. Fitzgerald. 2013. Does trophic level indicate seafood sustainability? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.doi:10.1890/13.WB.007.
  • Senko, J., E. White and L.R. Gerber. 2013. Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafauna. Animal Conservation DOI: 10.1111/acv.12051.
  • Cuddington, K., A. Hastings, M.J. Fortin, L.R. Gerber, M. O’Connor, C. Ray. 2013. Process-based models are required to manage ecological systems in a changing world. Ecosphere 4 (2) art20.
  • A.N. Rife, O. Aburto-Oropeza, P.A. Hastings, B. Erisman, F. Ballantyne, J.Wielgus, E. Sala, and L.R. Gerber. 2013. Long-term effectiveness of a multi-use marine protected area on reef fish assemblages and fisheries landings. Journal of Environmental Management 117 (2013) 276e283.
  • Sea Lion in Gulf of California, Mexico
    A sea lion tagged by the Gerber lab at Los Islotes Island in the Gulf of California, Mexico.