Leah Gerber is the Director at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO). She is also a Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science in the School of Life Sciences, a Faculty Affiliate in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.
Dr. Gerber integrates field and modeling approaches to examine questions at the interface of conservation science and policy. Dr. Gerber works to develop approaches that connect scientific uncertainty to decision-making in endangered species recovery, marine reserve design, and disease and conservation. Although her research focuses primarily on marine ecosystems, it is driven by questions rather than particular species or ecosystems. Research foci in Dr. Gerber's laboratory include: 1) the application of decision analysis to prioritize endangered species recovery actions, 2) developing design and monitoring criteria for marine protected areas in the Gulf of California, and 3) developing approaches to integrate data on individuals (e.g., disease, behavior) into population-level analyses of extinction risk. Dr. Gerber teaches courses in quantitative conservation biology, population biology, and marine conservation.
Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle, 1998
M.M.A., University of Washington - Seattle, 1993
B.A., Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1992
Gerber, L. R., C. Costello and S. D. Gaines. 2014. Facilitate, don’t forbid, trade between conservationists and resource harvesters. Ecological Applications 24(1):23-24. DOI: 10.1890/13-1541.1. (link)
Gerber, L. R., C. Costello and S. D. Gaines. 2014. Conservation markets for wildlife management with case studies from whaling. Ecological Applications 24(1):4-14. DOI: 10.1890/12-1919.1. (link)
Gregory, R., J. Arval and L. R. Gerber. 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)
Minteer, B. A. and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology Online 29(3):58-68. (link)
Gerber, L. R., M. Beger, M. A. McCarthy and H. P. Possingham. 2005. A theory for optimal monitoring of marine reserves. Ecology Letters 8(8):829-837. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00784.x. (link)
Hooker, S. K. and L. R. Gerber. 2004. Potential importance of megafauna: Marine reserves as a tool for ecosystem-based management?. BioScience 54(1):27-39. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0027:MRAATF]2.0.C;2. (link)
Gerber, L. R. and L. T. Hatch. 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)
Gerber, L., D. DeMaster and S. Roberts. 2000. Measuring success in conservation. American Scientist 88(4):316-324. DOI: 10.1511/2000.4.316. (link)