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