Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Maria Beger

University Academic Fellow in Marine Conservation Biology
School of Biology

Background: 2012-2016 Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland, Australia 2008-2011 Postdocs: The University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, University of Tasmania 2002-2008 PhD Conservation Science, The University of Queensland, Australia 2000-2002 Australian-European Exchange Scholar, James Cook University, Australia 1996 Dipl.Ing. Groundwater Engineering, TU Dresden, Germany 1994 MSc Marine Resources Management & Conservation, Heriot Watt Uni, UK

Contact:  Manton 8.02, +44(0) 113 34 32899, email address for  

You can read more about Dr Beger's interests here:
http://marinepalaeoecology.org/maria-beger/

http://www.nras-conservation.org/index.htm

Twitter: @MariaBeger
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FOuwA4gAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Interests

I am a quantitative marine ecologist and conservation scientist integrating field data, spatial models and decision science to find conservation solutions that link theory and practice.

I am a conservation ecologist with complementary interests in coral reef ecology and spatial conservation prioritization. I mostly work in the Coral Triangle, the Pacific, the Western Indian Ocean, Japan and Australia.  I also work in projects dealing with fish biomass predictions, climate change science, ecosystem services, and global evaluations of protected areas. Current themes I work on are:

  •     Integrating larval dispersal into spatial planning and conservation;
  •     How can genetic data inform conservation decisions?
  •     Managing whole life cycles in migratory animals: integrating telemetry into planning;
  •     How can we model and manage coral reef resilience?
  •     Multi-taxon community assembly rules along a tropical to temperate temperature gradient (Australia, Japan)
  •     Managing range shifts;
  •     How do pristine reefs differ (Republic of the Marshall Islands)?
  •     Develop coastal and offshore bioregionalisations (South Pacific);
  •     Quantifying human-ecological links in coastal ecosystems;
  •     Which fish are here (fish species counts in Maldives, Philippines, Indonesia, PNG, Australia, Palau, FSM, Marshall Islands, ...)

 I collaborate with local and regional conservation NGOs, including The Nature Conservancy (Coral Triangle, Micronesia), IUCN (Pacific, Maldives), World Wildlife Fund (Malaysia), Marshall Islands Conservation Society (Republic of the Marshall Islands). I also work with government agencies, such as the NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in Australia.

 

Schooling Thalassoma

 

 

2017 PhD Scholarships available!

NERC DTP: Managing coral reef growth and decline rates to improve reef resilience, CASE project with The Nature Conservancy

Details here.

 

PhD: Conservation decisions to manage range shifts and climate change in marine environments. More information on pdf and here.


 

Faculty Research and Innovation



Studentship information

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • CONTACT me to discuss other projects in the fields of:
  • Marine ecology
  • Spatial conservation planning

See also:

Modules taught

BLGY1303 - Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
BLGY2321 - Marine Zoology Field Course
BLGY3340 - Biology Research Projects
BLGY5191M - Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project
BLGY5198M - Biodiversity and Conservation MRes Research Project 1

McGowan J, Beger M, Lewison RL, Harcourt R, Campbell H, Priest M, Dwyer RG, Lin HY, Lentini P, Dudgeon C, McMahon C, Watts M, Possingham HP Integrating research using animal-borne telemetry with the needs of conservation management Journal of Applied Ecology 54 423-429, 2017
DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.12755
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Sommer B, Beger M, Harrison PL, Babcock RC, Pandolfi JM Differential response to abiotic stress controls species distributions at biogeographic transition zones Ecography -, 2017
DOI:10.1111/ecog.02986

Hughes TP, Kerry JT,Álvarez-Noriega M, Álvarez-Romero JG, Anderson KD, Baird AH, Babcock RC, Beger M, Bellwood DR, Berkelmans R, Bridge TC, Butler IR, Byrne M, Cantin NE, Comeau S, Connolly SR, Cumming GS, Dalton SJ, Diaz-Pulido G, Eakin CM, Figueira WF, Gilmour JP, Harrison HB, Heron SF, Hoey AS, Hobbs JPA, Hoogenboom MO, Kennedy EV, Kuo CY, Lough JM, Lowe RJ, Liu G, McCulloch MT, Malcolm HA, McWilliam MJ, Pandolfi JM, Pears RJ, Pratchett MS, Schoepf V, Simpson T, Skirving WJ, Sommer B, Torda G, Wachenfeld DR, Willis BL, Wilson SK Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals Nature 543 373-377, 2017
DOI:10.1038/nature21707
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Chauvenet ALM, Kuempel CD, McGowan J, Beger M, Possingham HP Methods for calculating Protection Equality for conservation planning PLoS ONE 12 -, 2017
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0171591
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Baldwin C, Lewison RL, Lieske SN, Beger M, Hines E, Dearden P, Rudd MA, Jones C, Satumanatpan S, Junchompoo C Using the DPSIR framework for transdisciplinary training and knowledge elicitation in the Gulf of Thailand Ocean and Coastal Management 134 163-172, 2016
DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.09.005

Roelfsema C, Thurstan R, Beger M, Dudgeon C, Loder J, Kovacs E, Gallo M, Flower J, Cabrera KLG, Ortiz J, Lea A, Kleine D A citizen science approach: A detailed ecological assessment of subtropical reefs at point lookout, Australia PLoS ONE 11 -, 2016
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0163407
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Cinner JE, Huchery C, MacNeil MA, Graham NAJ, McClanahan TR, Maina J, Maire E, Kittinger JN, Hicks CC, Mora C, Allison EH, D'Agata S, Hoey A, Feary DA, Crowder L, Williams ID, Kulbicki M, Vigliola L, Wantiez L, Edgar G, Stuart-Smith RD, Sandin SA, Green AL, Hardt MJ, Beger M, Friedlander A, Campbell SJ, Holmes KE, Wilson SK, Brokovich E, Brooks AJ, Cruz-Motta JJ, Booth DJ, Chabanet P, Gough C, Tupper M, Ferse SCA, Sumaila UR, Mouillot D Bright spots among the world's coral reefs Nature 535 416-419, 2016
DOI:10.1038/nature18607
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Boon PY, Beger M The effect of contrasting threat mitigation objectives on spatial conservation priorities Marine Policy 68 23-29, 2016
DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.02.010
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Mazor T, Beger M, Mcgowan J, Possingham HP, Kark S The value of migration information for conservation prioritization of sea turtles in the Mediterranean Global Ecology and Biogeography 25 540-552, 2016
DOI:10.1111/geb.12434
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Hunter M, Westgate M, Barton P, Calhoun A, Pierson J, Tulloch A, Beger M, Branquinho C, Caro T, Gross J, Heino J, Lane P, Longo C, Martin K, McDowell WH, Mellin C, Salo H, Lindenmayer D Two roles for ecological surrogacy: Indicator surrogates and management surrogates Ecological Indicators 63 121-125, 2016
DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.11.049
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Lewison RL, Rudd MA, Al-Hayek W, Baldwin C, Beger M, Lieske SN, Jones C, Satumanatpan S, Junchompoo C, Hines E How the DPSIR framework can be used for structuring problems and facilitating empirical research in coastal systems Environmental Science and Policy 56 110-119, 2016
DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.001
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Lindenmayer D, Pierson J, Barton P, Beger M, Branquinho C, Calhoun A, Caro T, Greig H, Gross J, Heino J, Hunter M, Lane P, Longo C, Martin K, McDowell WH, Mellin C, Salo H, Tulloch A, Westgate M A new framework for selecting environmental surrogates Science of the Total Environment 538 1029-1038, 2015
DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.056
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Klein CJ, Brown CJ, Halpern BS, Segan DB, McGowan J, Beger M, Watson JEM Shortfalls in the global protected area network at representing marine biodiversity Scientific Reports 5 -, 2015
DOI:10.1038/srep17539
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Peirson W, Davey E, Jones A, Hadwen W, Bishop K, Beger M, Capon S, Fairweather P, Creese B, Smith TF, Gray L, Tomlinson R Opportunistic management of estuaries under climate change: A new adaptive decision-making framework and its practical application Journal of Environmental Management 163 214-223, 2015
DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.08.021
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Brown CJ, White C, Beger M, Grantham HS, Halpern BS, Klein CJ, Mumby PJ, Tulloch VJD, Ruckelshaus M, Possingham HP Fisheries and biodiversity benefits of using static versus dynamic models for designing marine reserve networks Ecosphere 6 -, 2015
DOI:10.1890/ES14-00429.1
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Beger M, McGowan J, Treml EA, Green AL, White AT, Wolff NH, Klein CJ, Mumby PJ, Possingham HP Integrating regional conservation priorities for multiple objectives into national policy Nature Communications 6 -, 2015
DOI:10.1038/ncomms9208
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Tulloch VJD, Tulloch AIT, Visconti P, Halpern BS, Watson JEM, Evans MC, Auerbach NA, Barnes M, Beger M, Chadès I, Giakoumi S, McDonald-Madden E, Murray NJ, Ringma J, Possingham HP Why do We map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make better conservation decisions Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13 91-99, 2015
DOI:10.1890/140022
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Simpson CJ, Beger M, Colman JG, Friedman KJ, Hill AK, Kendrick AJ, Waples KA, Whiting SD, Wilson SK Prioritisation of conservation research and monitoring for Western Australian protected areas and threatened species Conservation Science Western Australia 9 227-237, 2015
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Makino A, Klein CJ, Possingham HP, Yamano H, Yara Y, Ariga T, Matsuhasi K, Beger M The Effect of Applying Alternate IPCC Climate Scenarios to Marine Reserve Design for Range Changing Species Conservation Letters 8 320-328, 2015
DOI:10.1111/conl.12147
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Tallis H, Lubchenco J Working together: A call for inclusive conservation Nature 515 27-28, 2014

Sommer B, Harrison PL, Beger M, Pandolfi JM Trait-mediated environmental filtering drives assembly at biogeographic transition zones ECOLOGY 95 1000-1009, 2014
DOI:10.1890/13-1445.1

Ceccarelli DM, Frisch AJ, Graham NAJ, Ayling AM, Beger M Habitat partitioning and vulnerability of sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24 169-197, 2014
DOI:10.1007/s11160-013-9324-8
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Beger M, Sommer B, Harrison PL, Smith SDA, Pandolfi JM Conserving potential coral reef refuges at high latitudes Diversity and Distributions 20 245-257, 2014
DOI:10.1111/ddi.12140
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Makino A, Yamano H, Beger M, Klein CJ, Yara Y, Possingham HP Spatio-temporal marine conservation planning to support high-latitude coral range expansion under climate change Diversity and Distributions 20 859-871, 2014
DOI:10.1111/ddi.12184
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Beger M, Selkoe KA, Treml E, Barber PH, Von Der Heyden S, Crandall ED, Toonen RJ, Riginos C Evolving coral reef conservation with genetic information Bulletin of Marine Science 90 159-185, 2014
DOI:10.5343/bms.2012.1106
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Von Der Heyden S, Beger M, Toonen RJ, Van Herwerden L, Juinio-Meñez MA, Ravago-Gotanco R, Fauvelot C, Bernardi G The application of genetics to marine management and conservation: Examples from the Indo-Pacific Bulletin of Marine Science 90 123-158, 2014
DOI:10.5343/bms.2012.1079
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Hobbs JPA, Beger M, De Brauwer M, Emslie MJ North-eastern range extension of the anemone Stichodactyla haddoni to the Marshall Islands represents a new record of host use by the endemic anemonefish Amphiprion tricinctus Marine Biodiversity Records 7 -, 2014
DOI:10.1017/S1755267214001055
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Makino A, Klein CJ, Beger M, Jupiter SD, Possingham HP Incorporating conservation zone effectiveness for protecting biodiversity in marine planning PLoS ONE 8 -, 2013
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0078986
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Richards Z, Beger M Regional conservation status of scleractinian coral biodiversity in the republic of the marshall islands Diversity 5 522-540, 2013
DOI:10.3390/d5030522
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Lukoschek V, Beger M, Ceccarelli D, Richards Z, Pratchett M Enigmatic declines of Australia's sea snakes from a biodiversity hotspot Biological Conservation 166 191-202, 2013
DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.07.004
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Makino A, Beger M, Klein CJ, Jupiter SD, Possingham HP Integrated planning for land-sea ecosystem connectivity to protect coral reefs Biological Conservation 165 35-42, 2013
DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.05.027
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Halpern BS, Klein CJ, Brown CJ, Beger M, Grantham HS, Mangubhai S, Ruckelshaus M, Tulloch VJ, Watts M, White C, Possingham HP Achieving the triple bottom line in the face of inherent trade-offs among social equity, economic return, and conservation Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 6229-6234, 2013
DOI:10.1073/pnas.1217689110
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Cvitanovic C, Wilson SK, Fulton CJ, Almany GR, Anderson P, Babcock RC, Ban NC, Beeden RJ, Beger M, Cinner J, Dobbs K, Evans LS, Farnham A, Friedman KJ, Gale K, Gladstone W, Grafton Q, Graham NAJ, Gudge S, Harrison PL, Holmes TH, Johnstone N, Jones GP, Jordan A, Kendrick AJ, Klein CJ, Little LR, Malcolm HA, Morris D, Possingham HP, Prescott J, Pressey RL, Skilleter GA, Simpson C, Waples K, Wilson D, Williamson DH Critical research needs for managing coral reef marine protected areas: Perspectives of academics and managers Journal of Environmental Management 114 84-91, 2013
DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.10.051
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McClanahan TR, Donner SD, Maynard JA, MacNeil MA, Graham NAJ, Maina J, Baker AC, Alemu I JB, Beger M, Campbell SJ, Darling ES, Eakin CM, Heron SF, Jupiter SD, Lundquist CJ, McLeod E, Mumby PJ, Paddack MJ, Selig ER, van Woesik R Prioritizing Key Resilience Indicators to Support Coral Reef Management in a Changing Climate PLoS ONE 7 -, 2012
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0042884
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Ceccarelli DM, Beger M, Kospartov MC, Richards ZT, Birrell CL Population trends of remote invertebrate resources in a Marine reserve: Trochus and holothurians at Ashmore Reef Pacific Conservation Biology 17 132-140, 2011
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Rasaiah B, Peterson E, Beger M, Jones SD Bathymetry of near-shore zones in rongelap atoll, marshall islands using satellite imagery, 2011
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MacLeod ID, Richards V, Beger M The effects of human and biological interactions on the corrosion of WWII iron shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon, 2011
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Richards ZT, Beger M A quantification of the standing stock of macro-debris in Majuro lagoon and its effect on hard coral communities Marine Pollution Bulletin 62 1693-1701, 2011
DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.06.003
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Kininmonth S, Beger M, Bode M, Peterson E, Adams VM, Dorfman D, Brumbaugh DR, Possingham HP Dispersal connectivity and reserve selection for marine conservation Ecological Modelling 222 1272-1282, 2011
DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.01.012
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Beger M, Babcock R, Booth DJ, Bucher D, Condie SA, Creese B, Cvitanovic C, Dalton SJ, Harrison P, Hoey A, Jordan A, Loder J, Malcolm H, Purcell SW, Roelfsma C, Sachs P, Smith SDA, Sommer B, Stuart-Smith R, Thomson D, Wallace CC, Zann M, Pandolfi JM Research challenges to improve the management and conservation of subtropical reefs to tackle climate change threats: (Findings of a workshop conducted in Coffs Harbour, Australia on 13 September 2010), 2011
DOI:10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00573.x
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Mora C, Aburto-Oropeza O, Ayala-Bocos A, Ayotte PM, Banks S, Bauman AG, Beger M, Bessudo S, Booth DJ, Brokovich E, Brooks A, Chabanet P, Cinner JE, Cortés J, Cruz-Motta JJ, Cupul-Magaña A, DeMartini EE, Edgar GJ, Feary DA, Ferse SCA, Friedlander AM, Gaston KJ, Gough C, Graham NAJ, Green A, Guzman H, Hardt M, Kulbicki M, Letourneur Y, Ĺpez-Pérez A, Loreau M, Loya Y, Martinez C, Mascareñas-Osorio I, Morove T, Nadon MO, Nakamura Y, Paredes G, Polunin NVC, Pratchett MS, Reyes Bonilla H, Rivera F, Sala E, Sandin SA, Soler G, Stuart-Smith R, Tessier E, Tittensor DP, Tupper M, Usseglio P, Vigliola L, Wantiez L, Williams I, Wilson SK, Zapata FA Global human footprint on the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in reef fishes PLoS Biology 9 -, 2011
DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000606
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Baker N, Beger M, McClennen C, Ishoda A, Edwards F Reimaanlok: A National Framework for Conservation Area Planning in the Marshall Islands Journal of Marine Biology 2011 -, 2011
DOI:10.1155/2011/273034

Klein CJ, Ban NC, Halpern BS, Beger M, Game ET, Grantham HS, Green A, Klein TJ, Kininmonth S, Treml E, Wilson K, Possingham HP Prioritizing land and sea conservation investments to protect coral reefs PLoS ONE 5 -, 2010
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0012431
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Klein C, Kark S, Carvalho S, Beger M, Possingham H Conserving evolutionary novelty on the edge Science 328 1558-, 2010

Beger M, Grantham HS, Pressey RL, Wilson KA, Peterson EL, Dorfman D, Mumby PJ, Lourival R, Brumbaugh DR, Possingham HP Conservation planning for connectivity across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms Biological Conservation 143 565-575, 2010
DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.11.006
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Beger M, Linke S, Watts M, Game E, Treml E, Ball I, Possingham HP Incorporating asymmetric connectivity into spatial decision making for conservation Conservation Letters 3 359-368, 2010
DOI:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00123.x
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Beger M, Possingham HP Environmental factors that influence the distribution of coral reef fishes: Modeling occurrence data for broad-scale conservation and management Marine Ecology Progress Series 361 1-13, 2008
DOI:10.3354/meps07481
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Peterson EL, Beger M, Richards ZT Thinking outside the reef Science 319 1759-, 2008

Richards ZT, Beger M, Pinca S, Wallace CC Bikini Atoll coral biodiversity resilience five decades after nuclear testing Marine Pollution Bulletin 56 503-515, 2008
DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.11.018
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Beger M, McKenna SA, Possingham HP Effectiveness of surrogate taxa in the design of coral reef reserve systems in the Indo-Pacific Conservation Biology 21 1584-1593, 2007
DOI:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00795.x
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Gerber LR, Beger M, McCarthy MA, Possingham HP A theory for optimal monitoring of marine reserves Ecology Letters 8 829-837, 2005
DOI:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00784.x
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Beger M, Harborne AR, Dacles TP, Solandt JL, Ledesma GL A framework of lessons learned from community-based marine reserves and its effectiveness in guiding a new coastal management initiative in the Philippines Environmental Management 34 786-801, 2004
DOI:10.1007/s00267-004-0149-z
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Beger M, Jones GP, Munday PL Conservation of coral reef biodiversity: A comparison of reserve selection procedures for corals and fishes Biological Conservation 111 53-62, 2003
DOI:10.1016/S0006-3207(02)00249-5
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Solandt JL, Beger M, Dacles TP, Harding SP, Raines PS Effects of the 1998 bleaching event on a large Pavona clavus colony in a Philippine marine protected area Silliman Journal 44 19-33, 2003

Ledesma GL, Dacles TP, Raines PS, Solandt JL, Beger M, Harborne AR, Harding SP, Lizares J Spill-over effects of a community-based marine protected area: A case study from Negros Occidental Silliman Journal 44 61-80, 2003

Nielsen ES, Beger M, Henriques R, Selkoe KA, von der Heyden S Multispecies genetic objectives in spatial conservation planning. Conservation Biology -,
DOI:10.1111/cobi.12875
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Jumin R, Binson A, McGowan J, Magupin S, Beger M, Brown CJ, Possingham HP, Klein C From Marxan to management: ocean zoning with stakeholders for Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah, Malaysia Oryx 1-12,
DOI:10.1017/S0030605316001514