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Elizabeth Babcock

Elizabeth Babcock

Associate Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology

RSMAS/MBE
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

S Gros 207

Tel: 305.421.4852
ebabcock@rsmas.miami.edu

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I am a quantitative fisheries scientist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. I work on fisheries stock assessment and quantitative ecological modelling, with focal species including sharks, tunas, billfishes, sturgeons, conchs and lobsters. The use of innovative data sources and analysis methods to inform conservation and management of fisheries for which traditional fisheries data are lacking is a primary focus of my research, including Bayesian statistical analysis. I am interested in the interface between marine reserves and fishery management, for example at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, in Belize, where I have studied the effectiveness of the marine reserve for sharks, finfish, lobsters and conchs. I am interested using ecosystem models for management strategy evaluation of the implications of scientific uncertainty about fish biology on the effectiveness of spatial management strategies. My current students are involved in modeling fish movement with respect to spatial management strategies, and developing ecosystem models for ecosystem based management in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ortiz de Zárate, V. and E. A. Babcock. 2015. Estimating individual growth variability in albacore (Thunnus alalunga) from the North Atlantic stock; aging for assessment purposes. Fisheries Research. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.07.030

Harford, W. J., C. Ton, and E. A. Babcock. 2015. Simulated mark-recovery for spatial assessment of a spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery. Fisheries Research 165:42-53. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2014.12.024

Babcock, E. A., W. J. Harford, R. Coleman, J. Gibson, J. Maaz, J. Foley and M. Gongora. 2015. Bayesian depletion model estimates of spiny lobster abundance at two marine protected areas in Belize with or without in-season recruitment. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72 (Suppl. 1):i232–i243. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu226

Feldheim, K.A., Gruber, S. H., Dibattista, J. D., Babcock, E. A., Kessel, S. T., Hendry, A. P., Pikitch, E. K., Ashley, M. V., & Chapman, D. D. (2014): Two decades of genetic profiling yields first evidence of natal philopatry and long-term fidelity to parturition sites in sharks. Molecular Ecology 2, 110-117.  doi: 10.1111/mec.12583

Karnauskas, M. and E. A. Babcock. 2014. An analysis of indicators for the detection of effects of marine reserve protection on fish communities. Ecological Indicators 46:454-465. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.07.006

Babcock. E. A., R. Coleman, M. Karnauskas and J. Gibson. 2013. Length-based indicators of fishery and ecosystem status: Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, Belize. Fisheries Research 147:434- 445doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2013.03.011

Karnauskas, M. and E. A. Babcock. 2012. Comparisons between abundance estimates from underwater visual census and catch-per-unit-effort in a patch reef system. Marine Ecology Progress Series 468: 217-230. doi: 10.3354/meps10007

Karnauskas, M., L. M. Chérubin, B. E. Huntington, E. A. Babcock and D. A. Thoney. 2012.  Physical forces influence the trophic structure of reef fish communities on a remote atoll. Limnology and Oceanography 57(5):1403-1414. doi:10.4319/lo.2012.57.5.1403

Bond, M. E., E. A. Babcock, E. K. Pikitch, D. L. Abercrombie, N. F. Lamb and D. D. Chapman. 2012. Reef Sharks Exhibit Site-Fidelity and Higher Relative Abundance in Marine Reserves on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. PLoS One 7(3): e32983. doi:10. 1371/journal.pone.0032983

Karnauskas, M., D. B. McClellan, J. W. Wiener, M. W. Miller and E. A. Babcock. 2011. Inferring trends in a small-scale, data-limited tropical fishery based on fishery-independent data. Fisheries Research 111: 40-52. doi:10. 1016/j.fishres. 2011.06.010

Avellaneda, P. M., J. D. Englehardt, J. Olascoaga, E. A. Babcock, L. Brand, D. Lirman, W. F. Rogge, H. Solo-Gabriele and G. Tchobanoglous. 2011. Relative risk assessment of cruise ship’s biosolids disposal alternatives. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62: 2157–2169. doi:10. 1016/j.marpolbul. 2011.07.006

Karnauskas, M., B. E. Huntington, E. A. Babcock and D. Lirman. 2011. Pre-existing spatial patterns in fish abundances influence species-specific responses in a Caribbean marine reserve. Marine Ecology Progress Series 432: 235–246. doi: 10. 3354/meps09151

Salomon A. K, S. K. Gaichas, O. P. Jensen, V. N. Agostini, N. A. Sloan, J. Rice, T. R. McClanahan, M. H. Ruckelshaus, P. S. Levin, N. K, Dulvy and E. A. Babcock. 2011. Bridging the divide between fisheries and marine conservation science. Bulletin of Marine Science 87(2):251–274. doi:10. 5343/bms. 2010. 1089

Babcock, E. A. and A. D. MacCall. 2011. How useful is the ratio of fish density outside versus inside no-take marine reserves as a metric for fishery management control rules? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68: 343–359. doi:10. 1139/F10-146 and A. D. MacCall. 2011. How useful is the ratio of fish density outside versus inside no-take marine reserves as a metric for fishery management control rules? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68: 343–359. doi:10. 1139/F10-146

Huntington, B. E., M. Karnauskas, E. A. Babcock and D. Lirman. 2010. Untangling natural seascape variation from marine reserve effects using a landscape approach. PLOS One 5(8):e12327. doi:10. 1371/journal.pone.0012327

Doukakis, P., E. A. Babcock, E. K. Pikitch, A. R. Sharov, M. Baimukhanov, S. Erbulekov, Y. Bokova and A. Nimatov. 2010. Management and recovery options for Ural River beluga sturgeon. Conservation Biology 24:769–777. doi: 10. 1111/j. 1523-1739. 2010.01458.x

Bakun, A., E. A. Babcock and C. Santora. 2009. Regulating a complex adaptive system via its wasp-waist: grappling with ecosystem-based management of the New England herring fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science 66: 1768-1775. doi:10. 1093/icesjms/fsp073

Bakun, A., E. A. Babcock, S. E. Lluch-Cota, C. Santora and C. J. Salvadeo. 2009. Issues of ecosystem-based management of forage fisheries in ‘‘open’’ non-stationary ecosystems: the example of the sardine fishery in the Gulf of California. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 20:9-29. doi:10. 1007/s11160-009-9118-1

Chapman D. D., E. A. Babcock, S. H. Gruber, J. D. Dibattista , B. R. Franks, S. A. Kessel, T. Guttridge, E. K. Pikitch and K. A. Feldheim. 2009. Long term natal site-fidelity by immature lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) at a subtropical island. Molecular Ecology 18:3500-3507. doi:10. 1111/j. 1365-294X. 2009.04289.x

Pikitch, E. K. C. Santora and E. A. Babcock. 2008. New frameworks for reconciling conservation with fisheries: incorporating uncertainty and ecosystem processes into fisheries management. pp. 1177–1187 in Nielsen, J, J. J. Dodson, K. Friedland, T. R. Hamon, J. Musick and E. Verspoor, editors. Reconciling Fisheries with Conservation: Proceedings of the Fourth World Fisheries Congress. American Fisheries Society Symposium 49.

Camhi, M. D., E. K. Pikitch and E. A. Babcock, editors. 2008. Sharks of the Open Ocean. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford. 502 pp.

Babcock, E. A., M. K. McAllister and E. K. Pikitch. 2007. Comparison of harvest control policies for rebuilding overfished populations within a fixed rebuilding time frame. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:1326–1342.

Chapman, D. D., E. K. Pikitch, E. A. Babcock and M. S. Shivji. 2007. Deep-diving and diel changes in vertical habitat use by Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi. Marine Ecology Progress Series 344: 271–275. doi:10.3354/meps06941

Apostolaki P., E. A. Babcock and M. K. McAllister. 2006. Contrasting deterministic and probabilistic ranking of catch-quotas and area/size-based fisheries management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 1777-1792.

Pikitch, E. K., D. D. Chapman, E. A. Babcock and M. S. Shivji. 2005. Habitat use and demographic population structure of elasmobranchs at a Caribbean atoll (Glover’s Reef, Belize). Marine Ecology Progress Series 302:187-197. doi: 10.3354/meps302187

Chapman, D. D., E. K. Pikitch, E. A. Babcock and M. S. Shivji. 2005. Marine reserve design and evaluation using automated acoustic telemetry: a case-study involving coral reef-associated sharks in the Mesoamerican Caribbean. Marine Technology Society Journal 39:42-55.

Babcock, E. A., E. K. Pikitch, M. K. McAllister, P. Apostolaki and C. Santora. 2005. A perspective on the use of spatialized indicators for ecosystem-based fishery management through spatial zoning. ICES Journal of Marine Science 62:469-476. doi: 10.1016/j.icesjms.2005.01.010

Babcock, E. A. and E. K. Pikitch. 2004. Can we reach agreement on a standardized approach to ecosystem-based fishery management? Bulletin of Marine Science 74:685-692.

Pikitch, E. K., C. Santora, E. A. Babcock, A. Bakun, R. Bonfil, D. O. Conover, P. Dayton, P. Doukakis, D. Fluharty, B. Heneman, E. D. Houde, J. Link, P. Livingston, M. Mangel, M. K. McAllister, J. Pope and K. J. Sainsbury. 2004. Ecosystem-based fishery management. Science 305:346-7.

Majluf, P., E. A. Babcock, J. C. Riveros, M. Arias Schreiber and W. Alderete. 2002. Catch and bycatch of seabirds and marine mammals by the small scale fishery of Punta San Juan, Peru. Conservation Biology 16: 1333-1343. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.2002.00564.x.

McAllister, M. K., E. K. Pikitch and E. A. Babcock. 2001. Using demographic methods to construct Bayesian priors for the intrinsic rate of increase in the Schaefer model and implications for stock rebuilding. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58: 1871–1890. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-58-9-1871

Babcock, E. A. and E. K. Pikitch. 2000. A dynamic programming model of fishing strategy choice in a multispecies trawl fishery with trip limits. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 57:357-370.

Pikitch, E. K., J. R. Wallace, E. A. Babcock, D. L. Erickson, M. Saelens and G. Oddsson. 1998. Pacific halibut bycatch in the Washington, Oregon and California groundfish and shrimp trawl fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 18:569-586. doi:10.1577/1548-8675(1998)018<0569:PHBITW>2.0.CO;2

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