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Elizabeth Selig is a Conservation Scientist with Conservation International. Liz conducts research on a variety of topics to provide a scientific foundation for CI’s landscape and seascape conservation work. Her current work focuses on identifying global marine conservation priorities, developing indicators to measure ocean health, and analyzing how changes in ecosystem health will affect ecosystem services and human well-being. Liz joined CI in 2008 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina where she did her dissertation work on how global climate change may affect coral reef health and which management strategies can be useful for mitigating coral loss. She was awarded an EPA STAR Fellowship and the Ross and Charlotte Johnson Family Dissertation Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Liz has worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the World Resources Institute, where she co-authored Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia. She has led or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on the topics of marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, and marine protected areas.
Samhouri, J.F., S.E. Lester, E.R. Selig, B.S. Halpern, M.J. Fogarty, C. Longo, and K.L. McLeod. (in press). “Sea sick? Setting targets to assess ocean health.” Ecosphere.
Klein, C.J., S.D. Jupiter, E.R. Selig, M.E. Watts, B.S. Halpern, M. Kamal, C. Roelfsema, and H.P. Possingham. (in press) “Forest conservation delivers highly variable coral reef conservation outcomes.” Ecological Applications.
Selig, E.R., J.F. Bruno, & K.S. Casey (in press). “Temperature-driven coral decline: the role of marine protected areas" Global Change Biology.
O’Connor, M.I., E.R. Selig, M.L. Pinsky, and F. Altermatt. (in press). “Towards a conceptual synthesis for climate change responses.” Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Turner, W.R., K. Brandon, T.M. Brooks, C. Gascon, H.K. Gibbs, K. Lawrence, R.A. Mittermeier, and E.R. Selig. 2012. “Global biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.” Bioscience 62(1): 85-92.
Rosenberg, A.A. E.R. Selig, L.P. Fong, L.B. Karrer, and B.S. Halpern. 2011. “Managing human impacts on the ocean.” in G.S. Stone, R.A. Mittermeier, O. Alburto-Oropeza, C. Campagna, K.E. Carpenter, L.P. Madin, D. Obura, E. Sala, C.G. Mittermeier et al, eds. Oceans: Heart of our Blue Planet. Arlington, VA: CEMEX, ILCPl.
Burke, L, K. Reytar, M. Spalding, A. Perry, E. Cooper, B. Kushner, E. Selig, B. Starkhouse, K. Teleki, R. Waite, C. Wilkinson, and T. Young. 2011. Reefs at Risk Revisited.
Lowe, P. J.F. Bruno, E.R. Selig, M. Spencer. 2011. “Empirical models of transitions between coral reef states: effects of region, protection, and environmental change.” PLoS One 6(11): e26339.
Lacambra, C., M. Hatziolos, E.R. Selig, and W. Cheung. “Conceptualising Ecosystem Benefits Across Land- and Seascapes.” in Framing the Flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect, and Value Ecosystem Services across Linked Habitats.” Eds. Silvestri, S. and F. Kershaw. Cambridge: UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
McLeod, E., R. Moffitt, A. Timmerman, R. Salm, L. Menviel, M.J. Palmer, E.R. Selig, K.S. Casey, and J.F. Bruno. 2010. “Warming seas in the Coral Triangle: reef vulnerability and management implications.” Coastal Management 38(5): 518-539.
Selig, E.R., K.S. Casey, and J.F. Bruno. 2010. “New insights into global patterns of ocean temperature anomalies: implications for coral reef health and management.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(397-411).
Schutte, V.G.W., E.R. Selig, and J.F. Bruno. 2010. “Regional spatio-temporal trends in Caribbean coral reef benthic communities.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 402: 115-122.
Selig, E.R. & J.F. Bruno. 2010. "A global analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas in preventing coral loss." PLoS One 5(2): e9278.
Selkoe K.A., B.S. Halpern, E. Franklin, C. Ebert, E.R. Selig, K.S. Casey, J.F. Bruno and R.J. Toonen. "A map of human impacts to a “pristine” coral reef ecosystem, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument." Coral Reefs 28(3): 635-650.
Bruno, J.F., H. Sweatman, W.F. Precht, E.R. Selig, and V.G.W. Schutte. 2009. "Assessing evidence of phase shifts from coral to macroalgal dominance on coral reefs." Ecology 90(6): 1478-1484.
Halpern B.S., C.V. Kappel, F. Micheli, K.A. Selkoe, C. D'Agrosa, J.F. Bruno, K.S. Casey, C. Ebert, H.E. Fox, R. Fujita, D. Heinemann, H.S. Lenihan, E.M.P Madin, M. Perry, E.R. Selig, M. Spalding, R.S. Steneck, S. Walbridge, & R. Watson. 2008. Diminishing sea ice - Response. Science 321(5895): 5895-952.
Halpern B.S., S. Walbridge, K.A. Selkoe, C.V. Kappel, F. Micheli, C. D'Agrosa, J.F. Bruno, K.S. Casey, C. Ebert, H.E. Fox, R. Fujita, D. Heinemann, H.S. Lenihan, E.M.P Madin, M. Perry, E.R. Selig, M. Spalding, R.S. Steneck & R. Watson. 2008. Assessing and mapping the global impact of human activities on marine ecosystems. Science 319: 948-952.
Bruno, J.F. and E.R. Selig. 2007. “Regional loss of reef-building corals in the Indo-Pacific.” PLoS ONE 2(8): e711.
Bruno, J.F., E.R. Selig, K.S. Casey, C.A. Page, B.L. Willis, C.D. Harvell, H. Sweatman and A. Melendy. 2007. Thermal stress as a driver of coral disease dynamics on the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS Biology 5(6): e124.
Selig, E.R., C.D. Harvell, J.F. Bruno, B.L. Willis, C.A. Page, K.S. Casey, and H. Sweatman. 2006. “Analyzing the relationship between ocean temperature anomalies and coral disease outbreaks at broad spatial scales” in Phinney, J.T. et al. Coral Reefs and Climate Change: Science and Management.
McDonald, R., M. McKnight, D. Weiss, E.R. Selig, M. I. O’Connor, C. R. Violin. 2005. “Species compositional similarity and ecoregions: Are ecoregion boundaries significant?” Biological Conservation 126(1): 24-40.
Pennings, S., E.R. Selig, L. Houser, and M. Bertness. 2003. “Geographic variation in positive and negative interactions among salt marsh plants.” Ecology 84(6): 1527-1538.
Leimgruber, P., J. Gagnon, C. Wemmer. D. Kelly, M. Songer, and E.R Selig. 2003. “Fragmentation of Asia’s remaining wildlands: Implications for Asian elephant conservation.” Animal Conservation 6: 347-359.
Burke, L. and E. Selig. 2002. “Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia – A spatial analysis of threats, protection, and vulnerability,” in Moosa, K. et al, eds. Proceedings of the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, pp. 1033-1040.
Burke, L., E. Selig, and M. Spalding. 2002. Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.