PhD Research - Laura Dee

BS, Marine Biology, Brown University; other degrees in process: MA, UC Santa Barbara, Department of Economics

Laura Dee's research encompasses marine ecology, the intersection between ecology and economics, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and sustainable fisheries management. Her research interests include the contribution of biodiversity and species interactions to ecosystem services, conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty, functional diversity, community-based fisheries management, the trade of aquarium fish, and the management of multiple uses in marine systems.


Year Admitted: 2010
Research Areas: Conservation Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, Coral Reef Fish Ecology and Management  
Faculty Advisor: Steve Gaines



  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide
    (GROW) grant (2014)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions Visiting Fellowship (2014)
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship (2013)
  • Kingfisher Foundation Grant for Outreach & Open Access Publishing (2013)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011-2014)
  • Dr. Daniel Vapnek Scholarship for Sustainable Fisheries Research (2010)

Selected Publications
For a complete list, visit Laura's Google Scholar page.

Dee, L.E, Miller, S.J., Peavey, L.E., Gentry, R., Bradley, D.E., Startz, D., Gaines, S.D., & Lester, S.E. In Press. Functional diversity of catch mitigates negative effects of temperature variability on fisheries yields. Proceedings of the Royal Society.

B. Runting, R., Bryan, B., Dee, L.E., Maseyk, F., Mandle, L., Hamel, P., Wilson, K., Yetka, K., Possingham, H., Rhodes, J. In Press. Incorporating climate change into ecosystem service assessments and decisions: A review. Global Change Biology.

Pau, S. & Dee, L.E. In Press. Remote sensing of species dominance and the value for quantifying ecosystem services. Remote sensing in Ecology & Conservation.

O’Connor, M., Gonzalez, A., Byrnes, J., Cardinale, B., Duffy, J.E., Gamfeldt, L., Griffin, J., Hooper, D., Hungate, B., Paquette, A., Thompson, P., Dee, L., Dolan, K. In Press. A general biodiversity-function relationship is mediated by trophic level. Oikos.

Boersma, K.S., Dee, L.E., Miller, S.J., Bogan, M.T., Lytle, D.A., & Gitelman, A.I. (2016) Linking multidimensional functional diversity to quantitative methods: A graphical hypothesis-evaluation framework. Ecology 97(3), 583–593.

Papastamatiou, Y.P., Watanabe, Y.Y., Bradley, D., Dee, L. E., Weng, K., Lowe, C. G. & Caselle, J. (2015) Drivers of Daily Routines in an Ectothermic Marine Predator: Hunt Warm, Rest Warmer? PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127807. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127807 Available here.

Dee, L.E., M., Costello, C., Gaines, S.D. To what extent do ecosystem services motivate protecting biodiversity? (in review)

Boersma, K.S., Dee, L.E., Miller, S.J., Bogan, M., Lytle, D.A., Gitelman, A.I. Linking multi-dimensional functional diversity to ecological theory: A graphical hypothesis-driven framework. (in review)

Landsberg, C.J., Dee, L.E., Karr, K., D. J. Thornhill. Assessing the vulnerability of fish in the marine aquarium trade. (in review)

Dee, L.E., Horrii, S. S, D. J. Thornhill. (2014) Conservation and management of the trade in ornamental coral-reef wildlife: successes, shortcomings, and future directions. Biological Conservation 169, 225–237. Available here – Open access - See the blog summarizing this work & Press

Balvanera, P., Siddique, I., Dee, L.E., Paquette, A., Isbell, F., Gonzalez, A., Byrnes, J., O’Connor, M.I., Hungate, B., Griffin, J.N. (2014) Linking biodiversity and ecosystem services: current uncertainties and the necessary next step. BioScience64(1):49-57. Available here.

J. E. K. Byrnes, L. Gamfeldt, F. Isbell, J. S. Lefcheck, J. N. Griffin, A. Hector, B .J. Cardinale, D. U. Hooper, Dee, L. E. & J .E. Duffy. (2014) Investigating the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality: Challenges and solutions. Methods in Ecology & Evolution5, 111–124.

Fujita, R., Thornhill, D. J., Karr, K., Cooper, C. H., and Dee, L. E. (2013) Assessing and managing data-limited ornamental fisheries in coral reefs. Fish & Fisheries. doi:10.1111/faf.12040. Available here. Press and overview.

Dee, L.E., & Gerber, L. (2012) Applications of Decision Theory to Conservation Planning and Management. Nature Education Knowledge 3(3):11. Available here.

Dee, L.E., Witman, J. D., and Brandt, M. (2012) Refugia and top-down control of the pencil urchin Eucidaris galapagensis in the Galápagos Marine Reserve, Journal ofExperimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 416-417:135–143. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2012.02.016. Available here.