As overfishing, climate change, and other stressors continue to impact ocean ecosystems, conventional “single-issue” strategies have proven inadequate. National and international bodies have consequently called for a shift toward more comprehensive and integrated management that recognizes the full array of benefits provided by marine ecosystems. This innovative approach is referred to as ecosystem-based management. While we have a substantial scientific foundation on which to develop marine EBM strategies, there are a number of areas in need of further research.

Our research focuses on the following themes:

Coastal Ecology

Climate Change Impacts on Atlantic Coast Salt Marshes

Rocky Shores as Sentinel Ecosystems for Climate Change

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Human-Environment Interactions in Coastal Mexico

Measuring Ocean Health

Ecological and Social Resilience

Marine Conservation Planning

Ecosystem-Based Management in Practice

Reserve Design and Assessment of Marine Conservation Strategies