Heather M. Leslie

2007-2015 Environmental Studies / Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Brown University, Providence, RI 
 2015- Darling Marine Center / Marine Sciences / Ecology & Environmental Sciences The University of Maine, Orono, MN, United States 
marine ecology, coupled social-ecological systems science, design and evaluation of marine management strategies

An international leader in marine conservation science, Heather Leslie conducts research on the ecology, policy, and management of coastal marine ecosystems. Heather is Director of the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, Darling Marine Center, and Associate Professor of Marine Sciences in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences.

She studies the drivers of ecological and social processes in marine systems, and how to more effectively connect science to policy and management. Specific research areas include coastal marine ecology; human-environment linkages, particularly those related to coastal areas; and the design and evaluation of marine management strategies. Leslie’s work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

A member of the University of Maine faculty since August 2015, Heather Leslie received an A.B. in Biology from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University, and conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University. Before arriving at UMaine, she was on the faculty at Brown University, as the inaugural Peggy and Henry D. Sharpe Assistant Professor. She is a Leopold Leadership Fellow and originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Heather lives by the Damariscotta River in Newcastle, Maine, with her two children and husband, microbial ecologist Jeremy Rich.
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Jane Lubchenco grad student 1998-2004 Oregon State
 (Advancing marine reserve science: From field experiments to marine conservation planning tools.)
Bruce A. Menge grad student 1998-2004 Oregon State
 (Advancing marine reserve science: From field experiments to marine conservation planning tools.)
Simon Asher Levin post-doc 2004-2007 Princeton (Biomechanics Tree)


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Karen L. Overholtzer-McLeod collaborator 2004-2010 Brown
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Pellowe KE, Leslie HM. (2020) Ecosystem service lens reveals diverse community values of small-scale fisheries. Ambio
Hillebrand H, Jacob U, Leslie HM. (2020) Integrative research perspectives on marine conservation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 375: 20190444
Pellowe KE, Leslie HM. (2020) The interplay between formal and informal institutions and the potential for co-management in a Mexican small-scale fishery Marine Policy. 121: 104179
Pellowe KE, Leslie HM. (2020) Size‐selective fishing leads to trade‐offs between fishery productivity and reproductive capacity Ecosphere. 11
Pellowe KE, Leslie HM. (2019) Heterogeneity among clam harvesters in northwest Mexico shapes individual adaptive capacity Ecology and Society. 24
Leslie H, Ruckelshaus M, Whitman J. (2019) Introduction to the Special Issue on PISCO: Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans Oceanography. 32: 12-15
Cucuzza M, Stoll JS, Leslie HM. (2019) Comprehensive plans as tools for enhancing coastal community resilience Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 63: 2022-2041
Stoll JS, Leslie HM, Britsch ML, et al. (2019) Evaluating aquaculture as a diversification strategy for Maine's commercial fishing sector in the face of change Marine Policy. 107: 103583
Leslie HM. (2018) Value of ecosystem-based management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Aburto-Oropeza O, Johnson AF, Agha M, et al. (2018) Harnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change Environmental Science & Policy. 87: 128-132
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