Elizabeth A Babcock

Associate Professor

Phone:
(305) 421-4852
Locator Code:
VK

 
About

Associate Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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.

Position and Research Expertise

Beth Babcock is an Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert on fish population dynamics, quantitative ecology and fisheries management.

Teaching and Mentoring

Babcock teaches graduate course on introductory statistics, as well as Bayesian statistics for fisheries and ecology. She teaches an undergraduate course on Fisheries and Conservation Biology of the Galapagos as part of the UGalapagos undergraduate semester in the Galapagos. She is the RSMAS program director for the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC), a program funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to train students in NOAA-relevant sciences.

Career

Education

1990B.A. Biology and Environmental Science, University of California
1998Ph.D. Fisheries Biology, University of Washington


Career Summary

Babcock received her undergraduate degree with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She did her Ph.D. at the University of Washington School of Fisheries, with a dissertation on fishers’ choice of target species assemblage in the Oregon trawl fishery. She worked as a research scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program in New York for five years before joining the faculty of the University of Miami in 2003.


Career Summary

Babcock received her undergraduate degree with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She did her Ph.D. at the University of Washington School of Fisheries, with a dissertation on fishers’ choice of target species assemblage in the Oregon trawl fishery. She worked as a research scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program in New York for five years before joining the faculty of the University of Miami in 2003.

Memberships

Service at UM and for the Wider Scientific Community
Babcock is a member of the Faculty Senate, and the director of the Marine Biology and Fisheries Academic Committee. 
Research

Scientific Research

Babcock’s research focuses 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 her research, including Bayesian statistical analysis. She is interested in the interface between marine reserves and fishery management, for example at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, in Belize, where she has studied the effectiveness of the marine reserve for sharks, finfish, lobsters and conchs. She uses ecosystem models for management strategy evaluation of the implications of scientific uncertainty about fish biology on the effectiveness of spatial management strategies. Her current students are involved in modeling fish movement with respect to spatial management strategies, developing ecosystem models for ecosystem based management in the Gulf of Mexico, and using management strategy evaluation to infer the impacts of environmental variability on stock assessment and fishery management.