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Leah Gerber

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Professor and GIOS Center Director
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501


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 Ph.D. 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. In 2020, Gerber became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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 EconomistPOLITICOTimeReutersOutside MagazineScienceWIRED ScienceNational GeographicBloombergThe Washington Post, and ABC News. She also writes regularly for high-impact general audience platforms, including NaturePacific StandardThe 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 modeling. 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.

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  • PhD Wildlife Science, University of Washington-Seattle 1998 
  • MMA Marine Policy, University of Washington-Seattle 1993 
  • BA Environmental Biology, Mills College, Oakland, CA 1992 
Research Interests: 

Leah Gerber’s 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

Journal Articles


Cramer, K.L., Bernard, M.L., Bernat, I,  Gutierrez, L., Murphy E.L., Sangolqui, P., Surrey, K.C. Gerber, L.R.,  2021. The Present and Future Status of Ecosystem Services for Coral Reefs Elsevier Inc doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-821139-7.00177-X (link)

Surrey, K.C., Hawley, C.R., Davis, O.N., Clements, J.L., Bernat, I., Gerber, L.R. 2021. Refining the Ecosystems Services Model: Integrating Animal Behavior into Ecotourism Management. Elsevier Inc doi; 10.1016/B978-0-12-821139-7.99184-7 (link)

Hilborn, R., Agostini, V.N., Chaloupka, M., Garcia, S.M., Gerber, L.R., Gilman, E., Hanich, Q., Himes-Cornell, A., Hobday, A.J., Itano, D., Kaiser, M.J., Murua, H., Ovando, D., Pilling, G.M., Rice, G.M., Rice, J.C., Sharma, R., Schaefer, K.M., Severance, C.J., Taylor, N.G., Fitchett, M. 2021. Area-based management of blue water fisheries: current knowledge and research needs. Fish and Fisheries doi: 10.1111/faf.12629 (link)

Fischer, H.A., Gerber, L.R., Wentz, E.A. 2021. Evaluating the fitness for use of citizen science data for wildlife monitoring. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.620850 (link)

Murphy, E. Eikenberry, S., Iacona, G., Watson, G., Gerber, L.R. 2021. The value of increased spatial resolution of pesticide usage data for assessing risk to endangered species. Conservation Science and Practice, doi: 10.1111/csp2.551 (link)

Murphy, E., Bernard, M., Dooley, K. and Gerber, L.R. 2021. Evaluating the role of market-based instruments in protecting marine ecosystem services in for wild-caught fisheries. Ecosystem Services, 51:101356. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101356 (link)

Murphy, E., Bernard, M., Iacona, G.D., Borrelle, S.B., Barnes, M., McGivern, A., Emmanuel, J., Gerber, L.R. 2021. A decision framework for estimating the cost of marine plastic pollution interventions. Conservation Biology, doi: 10.1111/cobi.13827 (link)

Weiss, K.C.B., Iacona, G.D., Corzón, A.T., Davis, O.N., Kemppinen, K., Surrey, K.C., Gerber, L.R. 2021. Aligning actions with objectives in endangered species recovery plans. Conservation Science and Practice, 3(8):1-15. doi: 10.1111/csp2.473 (link)

Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Razzaque, J., McElwee, P., Turnhout, E., Kelemen, E., Rusch, G.M., Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Chan, I., Lim, M., Islar, M., Gautam, A.P., Williams, M, Mungatana, E., Karim, S., Muradian, R., Gerber, L.R., Lui, G., Liu, J., Spangenberg, J.H., Zaleski, D. 2021. Transformative governance of biodiversity: insights for sustainable development. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 53:20-28. doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2021.06.002 (link)

Mair L et al (Gerber, L.R. + 83 additional authors). 2021. A metric for spatially explicit contributions to science-based species targets. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5(6):836-844. doi: 10.1038/s41559-021-01432-0 (link)

Cardenas, S., Gabela-Flores, M.V., Amrein, A., Surrey, K., Gerber, L.R., and Guzman, H.M. 2021. Tourist Knowledge, Pro-Conservation Intentions and Tourist Concern for the Impacts of Whale-Watching in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8(627348):1-10. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.627348 (link)

Ashe, E., Williams, R., Clark, C., Erbe, C., Gerber, L.R., Hall, A.J., Hammond, P.S., Lacy, R.C., Reeves, R., Vollmer, N.L. 2021. Minding the Data-Gap Trap: Exploring Dynamics of Abundant Dolphin Populations Under Uncertainty. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8(606932):1-10. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.606932 (link)

Zerbini, A.N., Orr, A.J., Bradford, A.L., Kenner, M., Suydam, R., Alvarez-Flores, C., Gerber, L.R., Laidre, K., Hauser, D., Hoberecht, L. 2021. Memories, Glenn R. VanBlaricom. Marine Mammal Science, 1-4. doi: 10.1111/mms.12791 (link)

Kittinger, J., Bernard, M., Finkbeiner, E., Murphy, E., Obregon, P., Klinger, D., Schoon, M., Dooley, K., and Gerber, L.R. 2021. Applying a jurisdictional approach to support sustainable seafood. Conservation Science and Practice, 3(5):e386. doi: 10.1111/csp2.386 (link)


Amrein, A.M., Guzman, H.M., Surrey, K.C., PolidoroB., Gerber, L.R. In press. Impacts of whale watching on the behavior of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the coast of Panama. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.601277 (link)

Gerber, L.R., C. Barton, Cheng, S.H. & Anderson, D. 2020. Producing actionable science in conservation: Best practices for organizations and individuals. Conservation Science and Practice. doi: 10.1111/csp2.295 (link)

Halpern, B.S., Berlow, E., Williams, R., Borer, E.T., Davis, F.W., Dobson, A., Enquist, B.J., Froehlich, H.E., Gerber, L.R., Lortie, C.J., O’connor, M.I., Regan, H., Vazquez, D.P., Willard, G. 2020. Ecological Synthesis and Its Role in Advancing Knowledge. BioScience, 70(9):1-10. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biaa105 (link)

Borrelle, S.B., Ringma, J., Lavender Law, K., Monnahan, C.C., Lebreton, L., McGivern, A., Murphy, E., Jambeck, J., Leonard, G.H., Hilleary, M.A., Eriksen, M., Possingham, H.P, De Frond, H., Gerber, L.R., Polidoro, B., Tahir, A., Bernard, M., Mallos, N., Barnes, M. and Rochman, C.M. 2020. Predicted growth in plastic waste exceeds efforts to mitigate plastic pollution. Science, 369(6510):1515-1518. doi: 10.1126/science.aba3656 (link)

L.R. Gerber 2020. A global strategy for Preventing the Next Pandemic. Issues in Science and Technology. (link)

Kemppinen, K. M. S., Collins, P.M., Hole, D.G., Wolf, C., Ripple, W.J., Gerber, L.R. 2020. Global reforestation and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 34(5):1221-1228. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13478 (link)

Addison, P. F. E., Stephenson, P. J., Bull, J. W., Carbone, G., Burgman, M., Burgass, M. J., Gerber, L. R., Howard, P., McCormick, N., McRae, L., Reuter, K. E., Starkey, M., & Milner-Gulland, E. J. 2020. Bringing sustainability to life: A framework to guide biodiversity indicator development for business performance management. Bus Strat Env., 29 (5): 1-11. doi:10.1002/bse.2573 (link)


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)


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.

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,11(1) doi:10.1111/conl.12367 (link)

Noziglia, A.J., Abbott, J.K., Polidoro, B., Gerber, L.R.  (2018). Flame Retardant Contamination and Seafood Sustainability. Sustainability, 10(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. (2017). Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming. Global Change Biology00, 1–21. (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. (2017). 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)

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 Environment4(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. Nature551, 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. Science357, 1101-1102. doi:10.1002/aqc.2794. (link)

Thiele T., & Gerber L. R. (2017). Innovative financing for the High Seas. Aquatic ConservationMarine and Freshwater Ecosystems7(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 Biology31(4), 809-817. doi:10.1111/cobi.12916. (link)


Gerber, L. R(2016). Conservation triage or injurious neglect in endangered species recovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(13),3563-3566. doi:10.1073/pnas.1525085113. (link)

Gerber, L. R. (2016). Beyond the whaling stalemate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment14, 82–183. doi.10.1002/fee.1259. (link)

Gerber, L. R. (2016). The marriage of business and ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment14(1), 3. doi.10.1002/1209. (link)


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 One10(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. (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)


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)


Gerber, L. R., & White, E. (2013). Two-sex matrix models in assessing population viability: when do male dynamics matter? Journal of Applied Ecology51(1), 270-278. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12177. (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)

Senko, J., White, E., Heppell, S. S., & Gerber, L. R.  (2013). Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafauna. Animal Conservation,11(3), 122-123. doi: 10.1111/acv.12051. (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. (link)


Wildermuth, R., Anadon, J. A., & Gerber, L. R. (2012). Monitoring behavior: Assessing population status through rapid behavioral assessment. Conservation Letters6(2), 86-97. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00298.x. (link)

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., RyanS.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., KarimiR., & Fitzgerald, T. (2012). Sustaining seafood for public health. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment10(9), 487-493. doi:10.1890/120003. (link)

Fujitani, M. L., Fenichel, E., Torre, J., & GerberL. 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., YoungJ. 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)


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 ONE6(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. (link)


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., YoungJ. 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. (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 Marinas36(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. (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. (link)

2009 (maternity leave spring 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. (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. (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)


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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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)


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 (maternity leave spring 2005)

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.[0501:CIEACM]2.0.CO;2.  (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. (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. (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.[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, (link)


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)

Buenau, K. E. & Gerber, L. R. (2003). Developing recovery and monitoring strategies for the endemic Mount Graham red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) in Arizona. Animal Conservation, 7, 1-6. (link)

Gerber, L. R. (2003). Delisting of species under the Endangered Species Act.Conservation Biology17(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)


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 Applications12(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. (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)


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. (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)


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 Scientist88(4), 316-324. (link)


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 Biology13(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. (link)


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)


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


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.


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. InA. Hastings and L. Gross, editors. Sourcebook in Theoretical Ecology. University of California Press.


Morissette, L., MelgoJ. 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 Reports17(2), 120 pp.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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 )




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 )


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 )


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 )



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).
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 578Environmental Leadership & Com
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 425Marine Conservation Ecology
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 578Environmental Leadership & Com
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 412Conservation in Practice
BIO 412Conservation in Practice
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
BIO 598Special Topics
GPH 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 425Marine Conservation Ecology
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 584Internship
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2018
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
SOS 592Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar

2020       United Nations Global Compact's Uniting Business LIVE: Industry partnerships for biodiversity outcomes: Measuring private sector contributions toward mitigating biodiversity loss.

2020       Udall NM Success Climate Change Education Seminar: Knowledge to Outcomes in Global Biodiversity Conservation.

2020       Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes: A global strategy for preventing the next pandemic.

2020       Greenbiz: Biodiversity and Profitability: mapping the natural environment's influence on your firm's profitability.

2019       UN World Conservation and Monitoring Center: Workshop on biodiversity and business.

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       Plenary Speaker at Western Society of Naturalists Meeting: Integrating theory and data in marine science.

2011       Ecological Society of America: Advice from Theorists on Managing Ecosystems in a Changing Climate.



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

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

2002       Advisory Panel Member, Abalone Recovery and Management Team

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

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

1996-8    Member-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