*Lester Lab Students


McHenry, J.*, H. Welch, S.E. Lester, V. Saba. 2019. Projecting marine species range shifts from only temperature can mask climate vulnerability. Global change biology.

Ruff, E.O.*, R.R. Gentry, T. Clavelle, L.R. Thomas, S.E. Lester. 2019. Governance and mariculture in the Caribbean. Marine Policy, 107, p.103565.

Cabral, R.B., B.S. Halpern, S.E. Lester, C. White, S.D. Gaines, C. Costello. 2019. Designing MPAs for food security in open-access fisheries. Scientific reports, 9(1), p.8033.

Miller, S., A. Rassweiler, L. Dee, K.M. Kleisner, T. Mangin, R. Oliveros-Ramos, R., J. Tam, F.P. Chavez, M. Ñiquen, S.E. Lester, M. Burden, 2019. Optimal harvest responses to environmental forecasts depend on resource knowledge and how it can be used. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, (999), pp.1-8.

Clavelle, T., S.E. Lester, R. Gentry, H.E. Froehlich. 2019. Interactions and management for the future of marine aquaculture and capture fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 20(2), 368-388.

Siegel, K. J., R.B. Cabral, J. McHenry*, E. Ojea, B. Owashi, S.E. Lester. 2019. Sovereign states in the Caribbean have lower social-ecological vulnerabilty to coral bleaching than overseas territories. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2365.

Lombard, A. T., N.C. Ban, J.L. Smith, S.A. Wood, S.E. Lester, K.J. Sink, A.L. Jacob, Z. Kyriazi, R. Tingey, H.E. Sims. 2019. Practical approaches and advances in spatial tools to achieve multi-objective marine spatial planning. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 166.

Rassweiler, A., M. Lauer, S. E. Lester, S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt, R.M. Moussa, K.S. Munsterman, H.S. Lenihan, A.J. Brooks, J. Wencélius, J. Claudet. 2019. Perceptions and responses of Pacific Island fishers to changing coral reefs. Ambio, 1-14.

Thomas, L.R., T. Clavelle, D.H. Klinger, S.E. Lester. 2019. The ecological and economic potential for offshore mariculture in the Caribbean. Nature Sustainability. 2: 62-70.


Lester, S.E., R.R. Gentry, C.V. Kappel, C. White, S.D. Gaines. 2018. Opinion: Offshore aquaculture in the United States: untapped potential in need of smart policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 115: 7163-7165. http://www.pnas.org/content/115/28/7162


Lester, S.E., J.M. Stevens, R.R. Gentry, C.V. Kappel, T.W. Bell, C.J. Costello, S.D. Gaines, D.A. Kiefer, C.C. Maue, J.E. Rensel, R.D. Simons, L. Washburn, C. White. 2018. Marine spatial planning makes room for offshore aquaculture in crowded coastal waters. Nature Communications. 9: 945


Stevens. J., S.E. Lester, C. White. Methods and utility of ecosystem service trade-off analysis for guiding marine planning of offshore energy. In Yates, K.L. and Bradshaw, C., editors. 2018. Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning. Routledge. Earthscan Oceans Series.



Lorenzen, K., C. Ainsworth, S. Baker, L.R. Barbieri, E. Camp, J.R. Dotson, S.E. Lester. 2017. Climate change impacts on Florida's fisheries and aquaculture sectors and options for adaptation. Pages 427-455 In E. P. Chassignet, J. W. Jones, V. Misra, and J. Obeysekera, editors. Florida’s climate: changes, variations, and impacts. Florida Climate Institute. 


Lester, S.E., E.O. Ruff*, K. Mayall, J. McHenry*. 2017. Exploring stakeholder perceptions of marine management in Bermuda. Marine Policy. 84: 235-243.


Mascia, M. B., H.E. Fox, L. Glew, G.N. Ahmandia, A. Agrawal, M. Barnes, X. Basurto, et al. (including S.E. Lester). 2017. A novel framework for analyzing conservation impacts: evaluation, theory and marine protected areas. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1399: 93-115.


Gill, D.A., M.B. Mascia, G.N. Ahmadia, L. Glew, S.E. Lester….& H.E. Fox. 2017. Capacity shortfalls hinder the performance of marine protected areas globally. Nature. 543: 665-669. DOI: 10.1038/nature21708.


Ojea, E., I. Pearlman, S.D. Gaines, S.E. Lester. 2017. Fisheries regulatory regimes and resilience to climate change. Ambio. 46: 399-412. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0850-1.


Lester, S.E., G. McDonald, M. Clemence, D.T. Dougherty, C.S. Szuwalski. 2017. Impacts of TURFs and marine reserves on fisheries and conservation goals: theory, empirical evidence, and modeling. Bulletin of Marine Science. 93: 173-198. DOI: 10.5343/bms.2015.1083.


Gentry R., S.E. Lester, C.V. Kappel, C. White, T.W. Bell, J. Stevens, S.D. Gaines. 2017. Offshore aquaculture: spatial planning principles for sustainable development. Ecology and Evolution. 7: 733-743. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2637.



Lester, S.E., C. White, K. Mayall, R.K. Walter. 2016. Environmental and economic implications of alternative cruise ship pathways in Bermuda. Ocean & Coastal Management. 132: 70-79.


Dee, L.E., S.J. Miller, L.E. Peavey, D. Bradley, R.R. Gentry, R. Startz, S.D. Gaines, S.E. Lester. 2016. Functional diversity of catch mitigates negative effects of temperature variability on fisheries yields. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1435.



Needles, L.A., S.E. Lester, R. Ambrose, A. Andren, M. Beyeler, M.S. Connor, J.E. Eckman, B.A. Costa-Pierce, S.D. Gaines, K.D. Lafferty, H.S. Lenihan, J. Parrish, M.S. Peterson, A.E. Scaroni, J.S. Weis, D.E. Wendt. 2015. Managing bay and estuarine systems for multiple services. Estuaries and Coasts. 38: 35-48. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-013-9602-7.


B.I. Ruttenberg and S.E. Lester. 2015. Patterns and processes in range size. In: Mora, C. (ed) Ecology and conservation of fishes on coral reefs. University of Hawaii Press.



Afflerbach, J., S.E. Lester, D.T. Dougherty, S.E. Poon. 2014. A global survey of “TURF-reserves,” Territorial Use Rights Fisheries coupled with no-take marine reserves. Global Ecology and Conservation. 2: 97-106.


Grorud-Colvert, K., J. Claudet, B. Tissot, J. Caselle, M. Carr, J. Day, A. Friedlander, S.E. Lester, T. Lison de Loma, D. Malone, and W. Walsh. 2014. Marine protected area networks: Assessing whether the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. PLOS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102298.


Micheli, F., G. De Leo, G. G. Shester, R. G. Martone, S. Lluch-Cota, C. Butner, L. B. Crowder, R. Fujita, S. Gelcich, M. Jain, S. E. Lester, B. McCay, R. Pelc and A. Sáenz-Arroyo. 2014. A system-wide approach to supporting improvement in seafood production practices and outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12: 297-305.


Jacobsen, K., S. E. Lester, B. S. Halpern. 2014. A global synthesis of the economic multiplier effects of marine sectors. Marine Policy. 44: 273-278.



Lester, S. E., C. Costello, A. Rassweiler, S. D. Gaines, R. Deacon. 2013. Encourage sustainability by giving credit for MPAs in seafood certification. PLoS Biology. 11: e1001730.


Lester, S. E., C. Costello, S. D. Gaines, B. S. Halpern, C. White, J. A. Barth. 2013. Evaluating tradeoffs among ecosystem services to inform marine spatial planning. Marine Policy. 38:80-89.


Ovando, D. A., R. T. Deacon, S. E. Lester, C. Costello, T. Van Leuvan, C. Mcllwain, K. Strauss, M. Arbuckle, R. Fujita, S. Gelcich, H. Uchida. 2013. Conservation incentives and collective choices in cooperative fisheries. Marine Policy. 37: 132-140.



Costello, C., D. Ovando, R. Hilborn, S. D. Gaines, O. Deschenes, S.E. Lester. 2012. Status and solutions for the world’s unassessed fisheries. Science. 338: 517-520.


Halpern, B.S., C. Longo, D. Hardy, K. McLeod, J.F. Samhouri, S.K. Katona, K. Kleisner, S.E. Lester, et al. 2012. An index to assess the health and benefits of the global ocean. Nature. 488: 615-622.


Lester, S. E. and K. Grorud-Colvert. 2012. Parks and Preserves – Marine. In Fredericks, S., L. Shen, S. Thompson and D. Vasey (Eds.), The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 4. Natural Resources and Sustainability (pp. 348-351). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.


Grorud-Colvert, K. and S. E. Lester. 2012. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In Kundis Craig, R., B. Pardy, J. Copeland Nagle, O. Schmitz and W. Smith (Eds.), The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 5. Ecosystem Management and Sustainability (pp. 252-255). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.


Samhouri, J. F., S. E. Lester, E. R. Selig, B. S. Halpern, M. J. Fogarty, C. Longo, K. L. McLeod. 2012. Sea sick? Setting targets to assess ocean health and ecosystem services. Ecosphere. 35: Article 41.


Fenberg, P.B., J. Caselle, J. Claudet, M. Clemence, S. Gaines, A. Garcia-Charton, E. Goncalves, K. Grorud-Colvert, P. Guidetti, S. Jenkins, P. J. S. Jones, S. E. Lester, et al. 2012. The science of European marine reserves: status, efficacy, and future needs. Marine Policy. 36:1012-1021.


Fox, H.E., M.B. Mascia, X. Basurto, A. Costa, L.Glew, D. Heinemann, L.B. Karrer, S. E. Lester, et al. 2012. Reexamining the science of marine protected areas: linking knowledge to action. Conservation Letters. 5:1-10.


Guerry, A. D., M. H. Ruckelshaus, K. K. Arkema, J. R. Bernhardt, G. Guannel, C. K. Kim, M. Marsik, et al. (including S. E. Lester). 2012. Modeling benefits from nature: using ecosystem services to inform coastal and marine spatial planning. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. iFirst 2012 : 1-15.


Halpern, B. S., J. Diamond, S. Gaines, S. Gelcich, M. Gleason, S. Jennings, S. E. Lester, A. Mace, L. McCook, K. McLeod, N. Napoli, K. Rawson, J. Rice, A. Rosenberg, M. Ruckelshaus, B. Saier, P. Sandifer, A. Sholtz, A. Zivian. 2012. Near-term priorities for the science, policy and practice of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP). Marine Policy. 36: 198-205.


Tallis, H., S. E. Lester, M. Ruckelshaus, M. Plummer, K. L. McLeod, A. Guerry, S. Andelman, M. R. Caldwell, M. Conte, S. Copps, D. Fox, R. Fujita, S. D. Gaines, G. Gelfenbaum, B. Gold, P. Kareiva, C.-k. Kim, K. Lee, M. Papenfus, S. Redman, B. Silliman, L. Wainger, and C. White. 2012. New metrics for managing and sustaining the ocean’s bounty. Marine Policy. 36:303-306.



Grorud-Colvert, K., J. Claudet, M. Carr, J. Caselle, J. Day, A. Friedlander, S. E. Lester, T. Lison de Loma, B. Tissot and D. Malone. The assessment of marine reserve networks: guidelines for ecological evaluation. In: Claudet, J. (ed) 2011. Marine protected areas: a multidisciplinary approach. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.


Halpern, B. S., C. White, S. E. Lester, C. Costello, and S. D. Gaines. 2011. Using portfolio theory to assess tradeoffs between return from natural capital and social equity across space. Biological Conservation. 144:1499–1507.



Costello, C., J. Lynham, S. E. Lester, S. D. Gaines. 2010. Economic incentives and global fisheries sustainability. Annual Reviews in Resource Economics. 2:299-318.


Gaines, S. D., S. E. Lester, K. Grorud-Colvert, C. Costello, R. Pollnac. 2010. Evolving science of marine reserves: New developments and emerging research frontiers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 107:18251-18255.


Grorud-Colvert, K., S. E. Lester, S. Airamé, E. Neeley, S. D. Gaines. 2010. Communicating marine reserve science to diverse audiences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 107:18306–18311.


Halpern, B.S., S. E. Lester, K. L. McLeod. 2010. Placing marine protected areas onto the ecosystem-based management seascape. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 107:18312-18317.


Halpern, B. S., S. E. Lester, J. Kellner. 2010. Spillover from marine reserves and the replenishment of fished stocks. Environmental Conservation. 36:268-276.


Lester, S. E., K. L. McLeod, H. Tallis, M. Ruckelshaus, B. S. Halpern, P. S. Levin, F. Chavez, C. Pomeroy, B. J. McCay, C. Costello, S. D. Gaines, A. J. Mace, J. A. Barth, D. L. Fluharty, J. K. Parrish. 2010. Science in support of ecosystem-based management for the US West Coast and beyond. Biological Conservation. 143: 576-587.


Tallis, H., P. S. Levin, M. Ruckelshaus, S. E. Lester, K. L. McLeod, D. L. Fluharty, B. S. Halpern. 2010. The many faces of ecosystem-based management: making the process work today in real places. Marine Policy. 34: 340-348.



Stewart, G. B., M. J. Kaiser, I. M. Côté, B. S. Halpern, S. E. Lester, H. R. Bayliss, A. S. Pullin. 2009. Temperate marine reserves: global ecological effects and guidelines for future networks. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00074.x.


Gaines, S. D., S. E. Lester, G. L. Eckert, B. P. Kinlan, R. D. Sagarin, B. Gaylord. 2009. Dispersal and geographic ranges in the sea. In: Witman, J. and K. Roy (eds) Marine macroecology. University of Chicago Press.


Lester, S. E., B. S. Halpern, K. Grorud-Colvert, J. Lubchenco, B. I. Ruttenberg, S. D. Gaines, S. Airamé, R. R. Warner. 2009. Biological effects within no-take marine reserves: a global synthesis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 384: 33-46.



Lester, S. E. and B. S. Halpern. 2008. Biological responses in marine no-take reserves versus partially protected areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 367: 49-56.



Lester, S. E., S. D. Gaines, B. P. Kinlan. 2007. Reproduction on the edge: large-scale patterns of individual performance in a marine invertebrate. Ecology. 88: 2229-2239.


Lester, S. E., B. I. Ruttenberg, S. D. Gaines, B. P. Kinlan. 2007. The relationship between dispersal ability and geographic range size. Ecology Letters. 10:745-758.


Lester, S. E., E. Tobin, M. D. Behrens. 2007. Disease dynamics and the potential role of thermal stress in the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 64: 314-323.


O’Connor, M. I., J. F. Bruno, S. D. Gaines, B. S. Halpern, S. E. Lester, B. P. Kinlan, J. M. Weiss. 2007. Temperature control of larval dispersal: implications for marine ecology, evolution and conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 104:1266-1271.



Lowry, D. E. and S. E. Lester. 2006. The biogeography of plant reproduction: potential determinants of species’ range sizes. Journal of Biogeography. 33: 1975-1982.



Lester, S. E. and B. I. Ruttenberg. 2005. The relationship between pelagic larval duration and range size in tropical reef fishes: a synthetic analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B - Biological Sciences, 272: 585-591.


Kinlan, B. P, S. D. Gaines, S. E. Lester. 2005. Propagule dispersal and the scales of marine community process. Diversity & Distributions 11: 39-148.



Kubanek, J., S. E. Lester, W. H. Fenical, M. E. Hay. 2004. Ambiguous role of phlorotannins as chemical defenses in the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 277: 79-93.