Welcome to the Leslie Lab

Our research focuses on the complexity of interactions in coastal marine ecosystems, including the connections among ecological communities, environmental and social drivers, and human societies.

Using a combination of field experiments, modeling, and synthesis, we investigate how environmental forcing influences ecological dynamics, and in turn, social interactions and outcomes. We apply this knowledge to advance marine conservation and management.

Graduate student Kara Pellowe-Wagstaff dives on her clam growth experiment in Loreto Bay National Park, Mexico.

Graduate student Kara Pellowe-Wagstaff deploys a clam growth experiment in Loreto Bay National Park. Kara is studying the ecological and social drivers of resilience in the Mexican chocolate clam fishery. Photo thanks to Kristin Paterakis.