My work in applied ecology focuses on use inspired basic research (i.e. Pasteur’s Quadrant).  It includes two separate approaches: first, I seek to inform conservation and management by building a better understanding of how basic biological systems operate. Second, I conduct research that directly addresses questions in conservation, management, and ecosystem restoration. For example, during my PhD I evaluated the how density-dependent population dynamics can modify the response of fish populations to the destruction and restoration of habitat. I have also recently been involved in a handful of other conservation and management projects including topics such as fragmentation ecology, ecosystem services and ecosystem based management through marine protected areas.

More recently working as part of the Ocean Tipping Points project based at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) I have conducted a series of studies integrating basic food web ecology to improve restoration success of apex predators and identify prescriptions for generating social-ecological systems that are robust to future natural and anthropogenic disturbance.


Stier A.C., K.M. Hanson, S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt, A.J. Brooks. 2014. Predation and landscape characteristics independently affect reef fish community organization. Ecology. 95: 1294-1307. PDF

Carr L.A., Stier A.C., Fietz K.‡, Montero I.‡, Gallagher A.J., and J.F. Bruno. 2013. Illegal Shark Fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Marine Policy. 39: 317–321. PDF

Boyer SE*, White JS, Stier A.C., and CW Osenberg. 2009. Effects of the fish anesthetic, clove oil (eugenol), on coral health and growth. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology. 369: 53-57. PDF

Stier A.C., and C.W. Osenberg. 2010. Propagule redirection: habitat availability affects colonization and recruitment in reef fishes Ecology. 91:2826–2832. PDF. **Awarded best student paper award of 2010 UF dept. of Biology.

Barbier, E., S.D. Hacker, E. Koch, Stier A.C., and B. Silliman. 2011. The value of estuarine and coastal ecosystem services. Ecological Monographs. 81 (2) 169 – 193. PDF

Osenberg C.W., Shima J.S., Miller S.L., and A.C. Stier. 2011  Assessing effects of marine protected areas confounding in space and possible solutions. in J. Claudet (ed) Marine Protected Areas: Effects, networks, and monitoring – A multidisciplinary approach. Cambridge University Press. URL.

Barbier, E. B., S. D. Hacker, E. W. Koch, A.C. Stier, and B. R. Silliman. 2011. 12.06 – Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems and Their Services. Pages 109-127 in W. Editors-in-Chief: Eric and M. Donald, editors. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. Academic Press, Waltham. URL