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  • Dr. Easton White is a quantitative marine ecologist who uses mathematical and statistical tools, coupled with experiments and field observations, to answer questions in ecology, conservation science, sustainability, and ecosystem management. Most of his work is focused on marine systems, especially fisheries and spatial planning. Easton currently conducts research on assessing the effectiveness of protected area networks, improving species monitoring programs, and modeling socio-ecological systems in the context of fisheries. His work centers on how environmental variability, in particular rare events (e.g., hurricanes, COVID-19 pandemic), affects ecosystems and those that depend on them. Some of his current work is funded through a NSF grant focused on interdisciplinary approaches to study coupled natural-human systems with Madagascar fisheries as a case study.

    There are openings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows within the Quantitative Marine Ecology Lab at the University of New Hampshire working with Professor Easton White. Please see here (https://eastonwhite.github.io/join/) for more information on how to apply.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Sampling requirements and approaches to detect ecosystem shiftsEcological Indicators.  121:107096-107096. 2021
    2020 Early effects of COVID-19 on US fisheries and seafood consumption.Fish and Fisheries.  22:232-239. 2020
    2020 The spore of the beans: Spatially explicit models predict coffee rust spread in fragmented landscapes 2020
    2020 The unintended consequences of inconsistent pandemic control policies 2020
    2020 An algorithm for quantifying and characterizing misleading trajectories in ecological processes 2020
    2020 State-level variation of initial COVID-19 dynamics in the United States: The role of local government interventions 2020
    2020 Sampling requirements and approaches to detect ecosystem shifts 2020
    2020 State-level variation of initial COVID-19 dynamics in the United States.PLoS ONE.  15:e0240648. 2020
    2019 Site-selection bias and apparent population declines in long-term studies.Conservation Biology.  33:1370-1379. 2019
    2019 Success and failure of ecological management is highly variable in an experimental test.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  116:23169-23173. 2019
    2019 Catastrophes, connectivity, and Allee effects in the design of marine reserve networks 2019
    2019 Minimum Time Required to Detect Population Trends: The Need for Long-Term Monitoring ProgramsBioScience.  69:40-46. 2019
    2018 The role of spatial structure in the collapse of regional metapopulations.Ecology.  99:2815-2822. 2018
    2018 NextGen VOICES: Research resolutions.Science The Scientific monthly.  359:26-28. 2018
    2015 Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island--an isolated marine protected area.Conservation Biology.  29:1186-1197. 2015
    2014 Modeling the population dynamics of lemon sharks.Biology Direct.  9:23. 2014
    2014 Predictable temperature-regulated residency, movement and migration in a large, highly mobile marine predator (Negaprion brevirostris)Marine Ecology - Progress Series.  514:175-190. 2014
    2014 The limitations of diversity metrics in directing global marine conservationMarine Policy.  48:123-125. 2014
    2014 Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafaunaAnimal Conservation.  17:5-18. 2014
    2014 Two-sex matrix models in assessing population viability: when do male dynamics matter?Journal of Applied Ecology.  51:270-278. 2014
    A framework for mapping and monitoring human-ocean interactions in near real-time during COVID-19 and beyond
    Catastrophes, connectivity and Allee effects in the design of marine reserve networksOikos
    Early effects of COVID-19 interventions on US fisheries and seafood
    Experimenting with the past to improve environmental monitoring programs
    Securing a sustainable future for US seafood in the wake of a global crisis

    Full Name

  • Easton White, III