| |Research interests
current pace and scale of human impact on coastal and marine ecosystems requires
that conservation science take a comparatively large-scale approach. My research quantifies
ecological change and identifies management successes over centuries and across
large geographic areas in order to provide the perspective needed to halt
declines and promote recovery of fisheries and large marine animals. It addresses the questions: What
were the pre-exploitation baseline population abundances and distributions of
marine organisms and ecosystems? How
can past ecological baselines most effectively be integrated into applied
coastal conservation and management? What
are the most valuable and innovative precedents for sustainable management of
marine resources and ecosystems and how can they guide future policy.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Waterville, Maine, USA
Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2009
M.S. University of Oregon, 2003
B.A. Middlebury College, 1998
|Publications|Ward-Paige, C., C. Mora, H.K Lotze, C. Pattengill-Semmens, L. McClenachan, E. Arias-Castro, R.A. Myers. 2010. Large-scale absence of sharks on reefs in the greater-Caribbean: a footprint of human pressures. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11968.
McClenachan, L. 2009. Documenting loss of large trophy fish from the Florida Keys with historical photographs. Conservation Biology 23:636-643.
McClenachan, L. 2009. Historical declines in south Florida, USA goliath grouper populations. Endangered Species Research 7:175-181.
McClenachan, L. and A. Cooper. 2008. Extinction rate, historical population structure and ecological role of the Caribbean monk seal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 1351-1358.
McClenachan, L. 2008. Social conflict, overfishing and disease in the Florida sponge fishery, 1849-1939. Chapter 3 In: Oceans Past: Management Insights from the History of Marine Animal Populations. D. Starkey, Editor. Earthscan Publications Limited, London.
McClenachan, L., J.B.C. Jackson, and M.J.H.Newman. 2006. Conservation implications of historic sea turtle nesting beach loss. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 290-296.
Pandolfi, J.M., R.H. Bradbury, E. Sala, T.P. Hughes, K.A. Bjorndal, R.G. Cooke, D. McArdle, L. McClenachan, M.J.H. Newman, G. Paredes, R.R. Warner, and J.B.C. Jackson. 2003. Global trajectories of the long-term decline of coral reef ecosystems. Science 301:955-958.
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