Our ability to learn about and promote sustainable practices in marine environments is tightly connected with our ability to understand and quantify ecosystem processes. My research focuses on fish and fisheries ecology, and aims to understand the structure and functioning of marine populations and communities, especially in terms of their response to anthropogenic impacts.

My CV with current and forthcoming publications is available here

Sustainable Fisheries

Sustained harvest of fish populations will have a range of impacts: fishing not only reduces biomass, but it makes populations more variable, truncates the age structure of natural populations and exerts selection pressure that can induce evolutionary responses. Do these impacts, in concert, reduce the sustainability of  natural resources? read more


Neubauer, P., O. P. Jensen, J. A. Hutchings, and J. K. Baum. 2013. Resilience and Recovery of Overexploited Marine Populations. Science 340 (6130), 347-349.  Link to pdf

Bellier, E., P. Neubauer, P. Monestiez, Y. Letourneur, P. Bonhomme, L. Ledireach, F. Bacher, in press - A spatial hierarchical framework to infer marine reserve spillover hypotheses from multiple data sources. Ecological Informatics.


The end of the line: Patterns and processes of resilience in fished populations - Oxford Biodiversity Resilience symposium invited presentation. Neubauer_fisheries_resilience.pdf

Opportunities for Meta-Analysis of Patterns and Processes in Fished Populations - Presentation given at the American Fisheries Society Annual meeting, St. Paul MN, August 2012 Meta-analysis talk.pdf

Population structure and functioning of marine populations and communities

Structure and function are tightly linked in marine populations (e.g., meta-populations) and communities (e.g., in food webs). How is the structure of populations and communities shaped by their environment and evolutionary history, and how does their structure influence the functioning of the embedding ecosystem? read more


Neubauer P, Shima JS, Swearer SE (2013) Inferring dispersal and migrations from incomplete geochemical baselines: analysis of population structure using Bayesian infinite mixture models. Meth. Ecol. Evol. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12076 pdf


Neubauer P, Shima JS, Swearer SE (2010) Scale-dependent variability in Forsterygion lapillum hatchling otolith chemistry: implications and solutions for studies of population connectivity. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 415:263-274

Models and tools

As a quantitative ecologist, I enjoy making sense of data (nearly) as much as being out in the field collecting data. Much of my current work is devoted to developing statistical models and analyses for complex ecological problems related to sustainable fisheries and fish ecology. I aim to make my methods widely available as open source software (in R and Julia) to encourage collaboration and further development.