Leah Gerber

Leah Gerber

Professor
School of Life Sciences

Founding Director
Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Leah.Gerber@asu.edu 
(480) 727-3109

Biography

Leah Gerber is a professor of conservation science in the School of Life Sciences and founding director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) at Arizona State University. Gerber’s research, teaching and leadership advance the integration of science in decision processes to achieve sustainable biodiversity outcomes.

A population ecologist and marine conservation biologist by training, Gerber received her PhD in wildlife ecology in 1998 from the University of Washington, where her doctoral work included the development of quantitative criteria for decision-making under the United States Endangered Species Act. Before joining Arizona State University as a professor in 2013, Gerber was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, CA.  She returned to Santa Barbara in 2005 as a distinguished visiting associate professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. In 2007, Gerber was recognized by ASU as an Exemplar Associate Professor.  Most recently (2017-18), she was a Fulbright fellow at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Gerber is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.

As one of the world’s leading conservation scientists, Gerber frequently serves on globally significant bodies charting the future course of conservation. She served as lead author of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an initiative of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Gerber regularly provides guidance to international agencies and corporate bodies, including the International Whaling Commission, the UN World Conservation and Monitoring Center, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Gerber has served on the Board of Governors for the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Society for Marine Mammalogy. She currently serves on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List Committee and the Scientific Advisory Boards for Defenders of Wildlife and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Gerber is passionately committed to communicating the relevance of science in tackling the complex environmental challenges of the 21st century. She communicates regularly with the media as an expert source on global change and biodiversity and has been interviewed by The Economist, POLITICO, Time, Reuters, Outside Magazine, Science, WIRED Science, National Geographic, Bloomberg, The Washington Post and ABC News. She also writes regularly for high-impact general audience platforms, including Nature, Pacific Standard, The Christian Science Monitor and The Conversation.

Since founding CBO in 2014, Gerber’s vision and strategic leadership have established CBO as a center of interdisciplinary academic excellence, where CBO’s faculty, partners and students are making key discoveries and creating solutions to mitigate biodiversity loss. CBO draws upon the interdisciplinary expertise of 150 faculty affiliates and partners with dozens of local, national and international organizations in the NGO, corporate, business and academic sectors to bring scientific knowledge into conservation action. Gerber is constantly pioneering new models of engagement as part of the NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy program. For example, she works with the corporate sector in developing innovative methods of biodiversity conservation, such as conservation finance and corporate biodiversity accountability.

Gerber’s own research reveals new approaches to conservation planning and management, including in conservation priority setting, ecosystem-based management, adaptive monitoring and management, marine recreation, endangered species recovery plans, and estimating extinction risk. Her work draws on natural history, primary data collection, theories of behavioral ecology, quantitative demographic approaches and systems theory. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and frequently publishes in leading scientific journals such as Science, Nature, PNAS, American Scientist and Ecology Letters. Her research has garnered a broad base of funding, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Lenfest Ocean Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Among the many impactful outcomes emerging from Gerber’s research-based collaborations, Gerber produced a practical handbook on how to demographic analysis in extinction risk estimates; a decision tool to examine consequences for resource allocation strategies on species protection; an evidence-based restoration program to recover the endangered white abalone; and ecosystem models that inform the global management of whales and fisheries.

As a teacher and mentor, Gerber focuses on training a new generation of conservation leaders. Her teaching portfolio includes environmental communication and leadership, marine conservation biology, quantitative methods in conservation and ecology and environmental modelling. Gerber recently established a new Graduate Certificate in Environmental Communication and Leadership at ASU to prepare and empower students to address the world’s increasingly complex sustainability challenges. Gerber has served as the primary advisor for 13 doctoral students and has been a committee member to 16 doctoral, 18 masters and 22 undergraduate students.

Gerber is a senior sustainability scientist in Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, a fellow in the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, an honors faculty in the Barrett Honors College, an affiliate faculty in Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences and an affiliate faculty in the School of Public Affairs.

Originally from the coast of California, Gerber enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling, gardening and spending time with her family.

Follow Leah Gerber on Twitter @LeahLeopold and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes @BiodiversityASU

Research interests

Adaptive management
Ecology
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

Teaching

Quantitative Methods in Conservation and Ecology
Environmental Leadership and Communication
Marine Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability
Conservation Planning
Environmental Modelling
Principles of Sustainability
Marine Mammal Behavior and Conservation
Applications of Behavioral Ecology to Conservation Biology
Principles of Ecology

Education

PhD in wildlife ecology, University of Washington – Seattle, Washington – 1998
MMA in marine policy, University of Washington – Seattle, Washington – 1993
BA in environmental biology, Mills College – Oakland, California – 1992

Publications

2019

Malcom, J., Schwartz, M. W., Evansen, M., Ripple, W. J., Polasky, S., Gerber, L. R., Lovejoy, T. E., Talbot, L. M., & Miller, J. R. B. (2019). Solving the biodiversity crisis with funding. Science, 365(6459):1256 (link)

2018

Gerber, L.R. and Raik, D., (2018) Conservation science needs new institutional models for achieving outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(8):438-439. doi.org/10.1002/fee.1951(link)

Noziglia, A. J., J. K. Abbott, B. A. Polidoro and L. R. Gerber. (2018). Flame retardant contamination and seafood sustainability. Sustainability10(4):1070. DOI: 10.3390/su10041070. (link)

Levin, P., Anderson, L., Rose, K., Koehn, L., Grabowski, J., Jensen, O., Essington, T., Smith, T., Marshall, K., Carothers, C., Sanchirico, J., Möllmann, C., Houde, E., Coleman, F., Bundy, A., & Gerber, L. R. (2018). Building effective fishery ecosystem plans. Marine Policy. (link)

Mancha-Cisneros, M.M., Suarez-Castillo, A. N., Torre, J., & Gerber, L. R. (2018). The role of stakeholder perceptions and institutions for marine reserve efficacy in the Midriff Islands Region, Gulf of California, Mexico. Ocean and Coastal Management. (link)

Fujitani, M., Fenichel, E., Torre, J., & Gerber, L. R. (2018). Synthesizing ecological and human use information to understand and manage coastal change. Ocean and Coastal Management (link).

Álvarez-Romero J. G., Munguía-Vega, A., Beger, M.,  Mancha-Cisneros, M.M., Suarez-Castillo, A. N., Gurney, G. G., Pressey, R. L., Gerber, L. R.,  Morzaria-Luna, H. N., Reyes-Bonilla, H., Adams, V. M., Kolb, M., Graham, E., VanDerWal, J., Castillo-Lopez, A., Hinojosa-Arango, G., Petatan-Ramirez, D., Moreno-Baez, M., Godinez-Reyes, C. R., & Torre, J. (2018). Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming. Global Change Biology00, 1–21. doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13989. (link)

Marshall, K. N., Levin, P. S., Essington, T. E., Koehn, L. E., Anderson, L. G., Bundy, A., Carothers, C., Coleman, F., Gerber, L. R., Grabowski, J. H., Houde, E., Jensen, O. P., Möllmann, C., Rose, K., Sanchirico, J. N., & Smith, A. D. (2018). 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

Hallett, L., Morelli, T. L., Gerber, L. R., Moritz, M., Schwartz, M., Stephenson, N., Tank, J.,   Williamson, M., & Woodhouse, C. (2017). Navigating translational ecology: Creating opportunities for scientist participation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 4(10), 578-586. doi:10.1002/fee.1734. (link)

Enquist, C., Davis, F., Garfin, G. M., Gerber, L. R., Jackson, S., Littell, J., Tank, J., Terando, A., & Wall, T. (2017). Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, (5)10, 541-550. doi: 10.1002/fee.1733. (link)

Possingham, H. P. & Gerber, L. R. (2017). Ecology: The effect of conservation spending. Nature, 551, 309-310. doi:10.1038/nature24158. (link)

Gerber, L. R., & Quiroga, D. (2017). Incentives for Galápagos protection. Science, 358 (6361), 313-314. doi: 10.1126/science.aar2049. (link)

Puritty, C., Strickland, L., Alia, E., Blonder, B., Klein, E., Kohl, M., McGee, E., Quintana, M., Ridley, R., Tellman, B., & Gerber, L. R. (2017). Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough. Science, 357, 1101-1102. doi:10.1002/aqc.2794. (link)

Thiele T., & Gerber L. R. (2017). Innovative financing for the High Seas. Aquatic Conservation, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 7(S1), 89–99. doi:10.1002/aqc.2794. (link)

Huang, B., Abbott, J. K., Fenichel, E. P., Muneepeerakul, R., Perrings, C., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

2016

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

Gerber, L. R. (2016). Beyond the whaling stalemate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14, 82–183. doi.10.1002/fee.1259. (link)

Gerber, L. R. (2016). The marriage of business and ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(1), 3. doi.10.1002/1209. (link)

2015

Hernández-Camacho, C. J., Bakker, V. J., Aurioles-Gamboa, D., Laake, J., & Gerber, L. R. (2015). The use of surrogate data in demographic population viability analysis: A case study of California sea lions. PLoS One, 10(9), e0139158. doi:10.1371. (link)

Gerber, L. R. (2015). A deal with Japan on whaling? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13, 347–347. doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-13.7.347. (link)

Troyer, C. & Gerber, L. R. (2015). Assessing the impact of 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., Mancha-Cisneros, M., O’Connor, M. I., & Selig, E. (2014). Climate change impacts on connectivity in the ocean: Implications for conservation. Ecosphere, 5(3), 33. doi:10.1890/ES13-00336.1. (link)

Tallis, H., Lubchenco, J., Gerber, L. R., & 238 co-authors. (2014). Working together: A call for inclusive conservation. Nature, 515, 27–28. doi:10.1038/515027a. (link)

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

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

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

Senko, J., White, E., Heppell, S. S., & Gerber, L. R.  (2014). Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafauna. Animal Conservation, 11(3), 122-123. doi: 10.1111/acv.12051. (link)

Gerber, L. R., & White, E. (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)

2013

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

Gregory, R., Arvai, J., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

Anandon, J. D., Mancha-Cisneros, M., Best, B., & Gerber, L. R. (2013). Habitat-specific larval dispersal and marine connectivity: Implications for spatial conservation planning. Ecosphere, 4(7), 1-15. doi:10.1890/ES13-00119.1. (link)

Gerber, L. R., Karimi, R., & Fitzgerald, T. (2013). Does trophic level indicate seafood sustainability? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, doi:10.1890/13.WB.007. (link)

Cuddington, K., Hastings, A., Fortin, M. J., Gerber, L. R., O’Connor, M., Liebhold, A., & Ray, C.  (2013). Process-based models are required to manage ecological systems in a changing world. Ecosphere, 4(2), 1-12. doi:10.1890/ES12-00178.1. (link)

Rife, A. N., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Hastings, P. A., Erisman, B., Ballantyne, F., Wielgus, J., Sala, E., & Gerber, L. R. (2013). Long-term effectiveness of a multi-use marine protected area on reef fish assemblages and fisheries landings. Journal of Environmental Management, 117, 276-283. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.12.029. (link)

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

2012

Dee, L. & Gerber, L. R. (2012). Applications of decision theory to conservation planning and management. Nature Education Knowledge, 3(3), 11. (link)

Rudnick, D. A., Beier, P., Cushman, S., Dieffenbach, F., Epps, C. W., Gerber, L. R., Hartter, J., Jenness, J., Kintsch, J., Merenlender, A. M., Perkl, R. M., Preziosi, D.V., Ryan, S.J., & Trombulak, S. C. (2012). The role of landscape connectivity in planning and implementing conservation and restoration priorities. Issues in Ecology, 16, 1-20. (link)

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

Costello, C., Gerber, L. R., & Gaines S., (2012). Conservation science: A market approach to saving the whales. Nature, 481, 139-140. doi:10.1038/481139a. (link)

Gerber, L. R., Karimi, R., & Fitzgerald, T. (2012). Sustaining seafood for public health. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(9), 487-493. doi:10.1890/120003. (link)

Fujitani, M. L., Fenichel, E., Torre, J., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

Flatz, R., Young, J. K., Gonzalez-Suarez M., Hernandez, C. J., Immel, A., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

2011

Anadon, J. A., D’Agrosa, C., Gondor, A., & Gerber L. R., (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)

Gerber, L. R., Estes, J., Gancos-Crawford, T. M, Peavey, L., & Read, A. J. (2011). Managing for extinction? Conflicting conservation objectives in a large marine reserve. Conservation Letters, 4(6), 417-422. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00197.x. (link)

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

Gerber, L. R. & Gonzalez-Suarez, M. (2011). Population viability analysis: Origins and Contributions. Nature Education Knowledge, 1(11), 15. (link)

Hughes, Z. D., Fenichel, E. P., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

French, S. S., Young, J. K., Gonzalez-Suarez, M., Durham, S., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

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

2010

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

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

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

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

Green, D.S., Young, J. K., Hernandez-Camacho, C. J., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

González-Suárez, M., Aurioles-Gamboa D., & Gerber L. R. (2010). Past exploitation of California sea lions did not lead to a genetic bottleneck in the Gulf of California. Ciencias Marinas, 36(3), 199-211. (link)

Ward, E., Chirakkal, H., Gonzalez-Suarez, M., Aurioles-Gamboa, D., Holmes E. E., & Gerber, L. R. (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), 1365-2664. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01745.x. (link)

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

Underwood, J., D’Agrosa, C., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

Flatz, R. & Gerber, L. R. (2010). First evidence for adoption in California sea lions. PLoS ONE, 5(11), e13873. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0013873. (link)

2009

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

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

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

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

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

2008

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

González-Suárez, M. & Gerber, L. R. (2008). A behaviorally explicit demographic model integrating habitat selection and population dynamics in California sea lions. Conservation Biology, 22(6), 1608-1616. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.00995.x. (link)

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

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

Young, J. K., Gonzalez-Suarez, M., & Gerber, L. R. (2008). Determinants of agonistic interactions in California sea lions. Behavior, 145. 1797-1810. (link)

Wielgus, J., Sala, E., & Gerber, L. R. (2008). Assessing the ecological and economic benefits of a no-take marine reserve. Ecological Economics, 67, 32-40. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.04.019. (link)

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

Robertson, K. L., Runcorn, C. W., Young, J. K., and Gerber, L. R. (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, 237-244. doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2013-0099. (link)

Hernandez-Camacho, C.J., Aurioles-Gamboa, D., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

Underwood, J. G., Hernandez-Camacho, C. J., & Gerber, L. R. (2008). Estimating sustainable bycatch rates for California sea lion populations in the Gulf of California. Conservation Biology, 23, 1523-1739. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.00919.x. (link)

Young, J. K. & Gerber, L. R. (2008). The influence of social composition on reproductive behavior of territorial male California sea lions. Aquatic Mammals, 34(1), 103-110. doi: 10.1578/AM.34.1.2008.102. (link)

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

2007

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)

Gerber, L. R., Wielgus, J., & Sala, E. (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)

Ward, E., Hilborn, R., Towell, R., & Gerber, L. R. (2007). A state-space mixture approach for estimating catastrophic events in time series data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64, 899-910. (link)

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

Wielgus J., Ballantyne, F., Sala, E., & Gerber, L. R. (2007). Viability analysis of reef fish populations based on limited demographic information. Conservation Biology, 212, 447-454. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00644.x. (link)

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

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

Young, J. K., Hernandez, C. J., & Gerber, L. R. (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 improves 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)

Zacharias, M. A., Gerber, L. R., & Hyrenbach, K. D. (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), 12-25. (link)

Gonzalez-Suarez, M., McCluney, K.E., Aurioles, D., & Gerber, L. R. (2006). Incorporating uncertainty in spatial structure for viability predictions: A case study of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Animal Conservation, 6, 219-227. doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2006.00022.x. (link)

2005

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., Hyrenbach, D., & Zacharias, M. A. (2005). Do the world’s largest protected areas conserve whales or whalers? Science, 307(5709), 525-526. doi:10.1126/science.1106120. (link)

Gerber, L. R., Beger, M., McCarthy, M. A., & Possingham, H. P. (2005). A theory for optimal monitoring of marine reserves. Ecology Letters, 8(8), 829-83. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00784.x. (link)

Gerber, L. R., Lafferty, K. D., McCallum, H., Sabo, J. L., & Dobson, A. (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)

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

McCallum, H., Gerber, L. R., & Jani, A. (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)

Green, J. L., Hastings, A., Arzberger, P., Ayala, F. J., Cottingham, K. L., Cuddington, K., Davis, F., Dunne, J. A., Fortin, M., Gerber, L. R., & Neubert, M. (2005). Complexity in ecology and conservation: Mathematical, statistical, and computational challenges. BioScience, 55, 6. doi.org/10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0501:CIEACM]2.0.CO;2.  (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., Buenau, K. E., & VanBlaricom, G. (2004). Density dependence and risk of extinction in a small population of sea otters. Biodiversity and Conservation, 13, 2741-2757. doi.org/10.1007/s10531-004-2146-1. (link)

Harvell, D., Aronson, R., Baron, N., Connell, J., Dobson, A., Ellner, S., Gerber, L., Kim, K., Kuris, A., McCallum, H., Lafferty, K., McKay, B., Porter, J., Pascual, M., Smith, G., Sutherland, K., & Ward, J. (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)

Gerber, L. R., Tinker, M. T., Doak, D. F., Estes, J. A., & Jessup, D. A. (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)

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

Hooker, S. K. & Gerber, L. R. (2004). Marine reserves as a tool for ecosystem-based management: The potential importance of megafauna. BioScience, 54(1), 29-41. doi.org/10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0027:MRAATF]2.0.CO;2. (link)

Micheli, F., Amarasekare, P., Bascompte, P., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

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

Gerber, L. R., Reichman, O. J., & Roughgarden, J. (2004). Food hoarding: future value in optimal foraging decisions. Ecological Modeling, 175, 77-85. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2003.10.022. (link)

Buenau, K. E. & Gerber, L. R. (2004). Developing recovery and monitoring strategies for the endemic Mount Graham red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) in Arizona. Animal Conservation, 7, 1-6. (link)

2003

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

Gerber, L. R. (2003). Delisting of species under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation Biology, 17(3), 651-652. doi: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.2003.02110.x. (link)

Shelden, K. E, Rugh, D. J., DeMaster, D. P., & Gerber, L. R. (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)

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

2002

Gerber, L. R. & Hatch, L. T. (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)

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

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

Lafferty, K. D. & Gerber, L. R. (2002). Good medicine for conservation biology: The intersection of epidemiology and conservation theory. Conservation Biology, 16(3), 1-12. doi: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.2002.00446.x. (link)

2001

Gerber, L. R. & VanBlaricom, G. R. (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.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00104-5. (link)

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

Gerber, L. R. (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. & Hilborn, R. (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)

2000

Gerber, L. R. (2000). Science and sentimentality. American Scientist, 88(6), 477-478.

Gerber, L. R., DeMaster, D. P., & Roberts, S. P. (2000). Measuring success in conservation. American Scientist, 88(4), 316-324. (link)

1999

Gerber, L. R. & DeMaster, D. P. (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.1523-1739.1999.98466.x. (link)

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

Gerber, L. R., Wooster, W. S., DeMaster, D. P., & VanBlaricom, G. R. (1999). Marine mammals: New objectives in U.S. fishery management. Reviews in Fishery Science, 7(1), 23-28. doi.org/10.1080/10641269991319180. (link)

1998

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

1993

Norse, E. N. & Gerber, L. R. (1993). A global strategy for preserving biological diversity in the sea. Diversity, 9(3), 40-44. (link)

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles

2015

Mancha-Cisneros, M. & Gerber, L. R. (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.

2012

Hernandez, C. & Gerber, L. R. (2012). Sea lions. World Book Encyclopedia. World Book.

VanBlaricom, G. R., Gerber, L. R., & Brownell Jr., R. L. (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., Gancos, T. N., & Halpern, B. (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.

2009

Morissette, L., Melgo, J. L., Kaschner, K., & Gerber, L. R. (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.

2007

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

2006

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

2004

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.

2001

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

2000

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

1999

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., Doak, D., Groom, M., Kareiva, P., Fieberg, J., Gerber, L. R., Murphy, P., & Thomson, D. (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.

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 )

Presentations

  • International Congress for Conservation Biology Workshop 202: Partnerships for conservation (2017)
  • Expanding diversity in the next generation of ecology: What works to recruit, matriculate, and retain disadvantaged youth in undergraduate degrees in ecological degree programs? (2016)
  • 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. (2014)
  • 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. (2013)
  • “’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. (2011)

Public work

National and International

  • Red List Committee, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2016-present)
  • Co-director, ASU-Conservation International Knowledge Partnership (2016-present)
  • Reducing Ocean Waste Task Force, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (2016-present)
  • Lead Author, Global Assessment, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-present)
  • Knowledge Partner Liaison Delegate, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (2016-present)
  • External Reviewer, Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission (2016)
  • Lenfest Ecosystem Based Fishery Management Task Force member, Pew Charitable Trusts (2015-7)
  • Nominating Committee, Indianapolis Prize, Indianapolis Zoo (2015-)
  • External Review Panel, NMFS Endangered Species Program, NOAA (2015)
  • Member at large, Ecological Society of America’s Board of Governors (2014-6)
  • Editorial Board, Conservation Biology (2013)
  • Antarctic Ecosystems Review Panel, NSF (2012)
  • Development Committee, Ecological Society of America (2012)
  • Chair, NMFS shark predation management review panel, Center for Independent Experts (2012)
  • Chair, Review Panel, Hawaiian monk seal translocation plan, NMFS (2011)
  • Editorial Board, ISRN Ecology (2011)
  • Editorial Board, Conservation Letters (2007)
  • Ocean Science Review Panel, NSF (2007)
  • Advisory Panel for NSF CAREER program (2006)
  • Editorial Board, Conservation Biology (2003-8)
  • Editorial Board, Endangered Species Research (2004-9)
  • Recovery Team Member and Plan co-author, White Abalone Recovery Team (2002-7)
  • Recovery Team Member, Mount Graham Red Squirrel Recovery Team (2002-present)
  • Reviewer, President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration, NOAA (2002)
  • Advisory Panel Member, Abalone Recovery and Management Team (2002)
    • Policy Committee, Society for Conservation Biology Board of Governors
    • Science Chair, Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology
    • Member-at-Large, Society for Marine Mammalogy Board of Governors
  • Reviewer, Ecology and Biological Oceanography Panels, National Science Foundation (2003)

Regional and ASU

  • President’s Council on Women in Leadership, ASU (2015-)
  • Founding Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, ASU (2014-)
  • Coordinator, Hugh Hanson Ecology Seminar Series, ASU (2012)
  • Director, Environmental Leadership and Communications Certificate, ASU (2012-)
  • Research and Training Initiatives Committee, School of Life Sciences, ASU (2011-)
  • Advisory Board for the Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience Initiative, ASU (2011-)
  • Personnel committee, School of Life Sciences, ASU (2007-9)
  • Undergraduate Programs Committee, School of Sustainability, ASU (2007-9)
  • Review committee, School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program, ASU (2006-9)
  • Honors Disciplinary Faculty, Barrett Honors College, ASU (2005-)
  • Research Coordination Network for the Colorado Delta Region, NSF (2004-7)
  • Co-director, Undergraduate Conservation Biology Program, Arizona State University (2002-)
  • Undergraduate Programs Committee, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (2003-6)