Leah Gerber

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, School of Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Affiliate, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
Email: Leah.Gerber@asu.edu
Web: http://www.public.asu.edu/~lrgerbe/


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.


adaptive management; conservation; conservation policy; marine ecology; population biology; quantitative approaches to decision-making under scientific uncertainty; conservation biology; ecological behavior; economic adaptation and climate change; ecosystem disturbances; ecosystem services; environmental policy; fisheries management; modeling and simulation; mathematical and system dynamics modeling


    Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle, 1998

    M.M.A., University of Washington - Seattle, 1993

    B.A., Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1992

Journal Articles


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)

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