Kendra Karr

Current Position: Scientist, Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Post Doctoral Scholar

Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Research Associate

Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Contact Information
100 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459.1460
Long Marine Lab


PhD (2011) University of California Santa Cruz, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

BS (2001) University of California Santa Cruz, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

BA (2001) University of California Santa Cruz, Environmental Science

Current Research

Support development of new concepts, research initiatives and action for habitat and ecosystem protection across several core research initiatives: (i) Habitat productivity incentives: determine relationships between fishing impacts on habitat productivity and model projected benefits of reduced impact, (ii) Resilience Management & Ecosystem thresholds: develop reference points for maintaining healthy (high levels of ecosystem services) ecosystems in the Caribbean, Pacific Coast of California and Indonesia, (iii) Develop innovative strategies for data-poor assessments: coral reef ornamental trade, Indonesian live reef fish trade fishery, Belize manage access areas, (iv) Develop and test innovative ways to manage fishing mortality with more effective effort and spatial controls for low governance fisheries: in collaboration with the development of new strategies for management of finfish and mobile invertebrates in Cuba, Belize, Indonesia, Philippines and Mexico.

Academic Research
I am a marine ecologist broadly interested in how natural variability and human activities impact marine populations, communities and ecosystems. My goal is to conduct research that contributes to understanding and solving issues affecting marine ecosystem health while adding to the fundamentals of ecology. I use a combination of observational and experimental approaches to inform and test mathematical models of species interactions and ecosystem recovery. My research is currently focused three general areas: (1) the effects of habitat loss from anthropogenic disturbance on local community structure, population dynamics, ecosystem resiliency and recovery; (2) relationship between natural variability in habitat structure on local community structure and functioning; (3) predictability of recovery for anthropogenic disturbed habitat. I conduct my research primarily along nearshore kelp forests within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Fujita, R, D. Thornhill, K. Karr, C. Cooper and L Dee. 2013. Assessing and managing ornamental fisheries in coral reefs. Fish & Fisheries

Fujita, R., K. Karr, W. Battista, and D. Rader. 2013. A Framework for Developing Scientific Management Guidance for Data-Limited Fisheries. Proceeding so the 66th GCFI.

Apel, A. R. Fujita and K. Karr. 2013. Science-Based Management of Data-Limited Fisheries: A Supplement to the Catch Share Design Manual. Environmental Defense Fund.

Landesberg, C., L. Dee, K. Karr and D. Thornhill. Assessing vulnerability of fish the marine aquarium trade. In review Conservation Letters.

Karr, K., R. Fujita, B. Halpern, C. Kappel, L. Crowder, J. Samhouri, K. Selkoe, P. Levin, P.M. Alcolado. Thresholds in Caribbean coral reefs: Implications for Ecosystem based fishery management. In review at Conservation Biology

Karr, K., R. Fujita and J. Kritzer. A new data-poor method to assess multi-species fish stocks status using visual survey data. Intended for PLoS One

Karr, K., R. Fujita and J. Kritzer. A new data-poor method to assess multi-species fish stocks status and set spatial harvest control measures using visual survey data. Intended for Ecological Applications
Dissertation: Patterns, mechanisms and consequences of variability on the canopy of kelp forests on the structure of local communities PDF

Projects that I am involved in, read below