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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

With nearly half of the world’s population living near the sea, the increase in coastal population and economic development (e.g., agriculture, fishing) has led to growing pressures on coastal and marine natural resources. This problem is pervasive across the globe. The issue becomes acute when people’s livelihoods depend upon the natural resources under threat, such as fisheries, which sustain some of the world’s poorest people. The Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Ridges to Reefs Working Group will focus on how land-use changes and management interventions impact fisheries and livelihoods in regions of high dependence on coastal resources. This Working Group aims to: 1) conduct a meta-analysis about land-use impacts on fisheries, 2) develop a spatial process model that can predict how and where river run-off affects coral reef fisheries, and 3) develop a "return on investment" framework to assess trade-offs between economic development, conservation, fisheries management, and livelihoods. The outcomes of these efforts will help to maximize fisheries and conservation benefits while minimizing costs to resource users by informing the development of integrated coastal management plans and assist in the expansion of protected area networks and fisheries management regulations. This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) initiative, generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Principal Investigator(s)

Carissa J. Klein, Christopher J. Brown, Hugh P. Possingham

Project Dates

Start: July 1, 2014

End: March 1, 2017



Simon Albert
University of Queensland
Ken Anthony
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Michael Bode
University of Melbourne
Christopher J. Brown
University of Queensland
Alexa Fredston-Hermann
University of California, Santa Barbara
Steven D. Gaines
University of California, Santa Barbara
Craig Groves
The Nature Conservancy
Benjamin S. Halpern
University of California, Santa Barbara
Richard Hamilton
The Nature Conservancy
Kendall Jones
University of Queensland
Stacy D. Jupiter
Wildlife Conservation Society
Carissa J. Klein
University of Queensland
Hsien-Yung Lin
University of Queensland
John Lynham
University of Hawaii, Mānoa
Joseph Maina Mbui
Wildlife Conservation Society
Sangeeta Mangubhai
Wildlife Conservation Society
Peter J. Mumby
University of Exeter, Cornwall
Joanna Nelson
Stanford University
Hugh P. Possingham
University of Queensland
Lida Teneva
Conservation International
Vivitskaia J. Tulloch
University of Queensland
James E. M. Watson
Wildlife Conservation Society
Amelia Wenger
James Cook University
Crow White
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  1. Journal Article / 2017

    Habitat change mediates the response of coral reef fish populations to terrestrial run-off

  2. Journal Article / 2017

    Tracing the influence of land-use change on water quality and coral reefs using Bayesian model

  3. Journal Article / 2018

    A guide to modelling priorities for managing land-based impacts on coastal ecosystems

  4. Journal Article / 2018

    Estimating the footprint of pollution on coral reefs with models of species turnover

  5. Journal Article / 2016

    Where does river runoff matter for coastal marine conservation?

  6. Journal Article / 2017

    Logging degrades nursery habitat for an iconic coral reef fish

  7. Journal Article / 2017

    Opportunities and constraints for implementing integrated land-“sea management on islands

  8. Journal Article / 2017

    Impact of anthropogenic disturbances on a diverse riverine fish assemblage in Fiji predicted by functional traits

  9. Journal Article / 2017

    Increased sediment loads cause non-linear decreases in seagrass suitable habitat extent

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