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In review

McManus LC, Watson JR, Vasconcelos VV, Levin SA. Nonlinear Dynamics of Coral-Algae Systems and Their Recruitment Dependent Resilience. Theoretical Ecology.

Siegel DA, Watson JR, Simons RD, Mitarai S & McWilliams JC. Characterizing Particle Transit Time Metrics in a Coastal Ocean Network. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Thompson D, Kleypas J, Castruccio F, Curchitser E, Pinsky ML, Jonsson B, Watson JR. Variability in physical barriers to coral larval dispersal: do currents shape biodiversity? Progress in Oceanography.

Kininmonth S, Blenckner T, Niiranen S, Watson JR, Orio A, Casini M, Neuenfeldt S, Bartolino V, Hansson M. Is biotope information the missing link in coastal fisheries management? Fish and Fisheries.

Tilman A, Levin SA, Watson JR. Risk aversion and revenue sharing agreements can lead to cooperative self-regulation. Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Spijkers J, Morrison T, Blasiak R, Cumming G, Osborne M, Watson JR, Österblom H. Marine Fisheries and Future Ocean Conflict. Fish and Fisheries.


Villarino E., Watson JR et al. Large-scale ocean connectivity and planktonic body size. Nature Communications. 2018, 9 (142), doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02535-8

Watson JR, Fuller EF, Castruccio F, Samhouri J. Fishermen Follow Fine-scale Physical Ocean Features for Finance. Frontiers in Marine Science. In press.

Tittensor DP, et al. (including Watson JR). A protocol for the intercomparison of marine fishery and ecosystem models: FishMIP v1.0}. Geoscientific Model Development. In press.


Klinger D, Levin SA & Watson JR. The Growth of Finfish Globally in Open Ocean Aquaculture under Climate Change. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 284, pii: 20170834. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0834.

Klinger D, Eikeset AM, Davidsdottir B, Winter A-M, Watson JR. The mechanics of blue growth: Management of oceanic natural resource use with multiple, interacting sectors. Marine Policy.

Hidalgo M, Kaplan DM, Kerr LA, Watson JR, Paris CB, Browman HI. Advancing the link between ocean connectivity, ecological function and management challenges. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74 (6), 1702-1707.

Pena TS, Watson JR, Gonzalez-Guzman LI, Keitt TH. Step-wise drops in modularity and the fragmentation of exploited marine metapopulations. Landscape Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10980-017-0532-9

Fuller EF, Samhouri J, Stoll J, Levin SA & Watson JR. Characterizing Fisheries Connectivity in Marine Social-Ecological Systems. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsx128..

Klein ES, Barbier M & Watson JR. The Dual Impact of Ecology and Management on the Social Incentives in Marine Systems. Proc. Roy. Soc. Open Science, 4: 170740.


Jonnson B & Watson JR#. The Timescales of Global Surface-Ocean Connectivity. Nature Communications. 2016. 7, 1-6. #co-lead author.

Tilman A, Watson JR & Levin S. Maintaining Cooperation in social-ecological systems: Effective bottom-up management can require sub-optimal resource use. Theoretical Ecology, 2016, doi:10.1007/s12080-016-0318-8.

Barbier M & Watson JR#. The Spatial Dynamics of Predators and the Benefits and Costs of Information Sharing. Plos Computational Biology, 2016, 12 (10), e1005147. #co-lead author

Kleypas JA, Thompson DM, Castruccio FS, Curchitser EN, Pinsky M & Watson JR. Larval connectivity across temperature gradients and its potential effect on heat tolerance in coral populations. Global Change Biology. 2016. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13347.

Cheung WWL., Frölicher TL, Asch RM, Jones MC, Pinsky ML, Reygondeau G, Rodgers KB, Rykaczewski RR, Sarmiento JL, Stock C, and Watson JR. Building confidence in projections of the responses of living marine resources to climate change. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 2016. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsv250.


Watson JR, CA Stock, JL Sarmiento. Exploring the role of movement in determining the global distribution of marine biomass using a coupled hydrodynamic–Size-based ecosystem model. 2015, Progress in Oceanography 138 (Part B), 521–532.


Galbraith E, Watson JR and Peck M. Predicting Fish from Physics: Strengths, weaknesses and ways forward. Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research: News Letter. 2014, 27, 1-2.

Thompson D, Castruccio F, Kleypas J, Watson JR, et al. Variability in reef connectivity in the Coral Triangle. Reef Encounter, 2014, 29(2), 46-51

Watson JR, B Favetta, C Stock. On Modeling the Macroecology of Baleen Whale Migration, in preprint here:


Osterblöm H, Merrie A, Metian M, Boonstra W, Blenckner T, Watson JR, et al. Modeling social-ecological scenarios in marine systems. BioScience, 2013, 63(9):735-744.


Watson JR, BE Kendall, DA Siegel, S Mitarai. Changing seascapes, stochastic connectivity and marine metapopulation dynamics. The American Naturalist, 2012, 180 (1) 990-112. Identified as important by the Faculty 1000:


Watson JR, Siegel D, Kendall B, Mitarai S, Rassweiller A, Gaines S. Identifying critical regions in small-world marine metapopulations. PNAS, 2011, 108(43) E907-E913.

Alberto F, Raimond P, Reed D, Watson JR, et al. Isolation by oceanographic distance accounts for high proportion of genetic differentiation for Macrocystis pyrifera in the Santa Barbara Channel. Molecular Ecology, 2011, 20(12), 2543-2554.

Watson JR, Hays C, Raimondi P, Siegel D, Mitarai S, Dong C, McWilliams J, Blanchette C. Currents connecting communities: a study of nearshore marine species in the Southern California Bight. Ecology, 2011, 92(6), 1193-1200.


Watson JR, Mitarai S, Siegel D, Caselle J, Dong C, McWilliams J. Realized and potential larval connectivity in the Southern California Bight. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2010, 401, 31-48.

White C, Selkoe K, Watson JR, Siegel D, Zacherl D, Toonen R. Ocean currents help explain population genetic structure. Proc. R. Soc. B, 2010, 277, 1685-1694.

Selkoe K, Watson JR, et al. Taking the chaos out of genetic patchiness: revealing ecological and oceanographic drivers of seascape genetics in Southern California kelp forests. Molecular Ecology, 2010, 19, 3708-3726.


Mitarai S, Siegel D, Watson JR, et al. Quantifying connectivity in the coastal ocean with application to the Southern California Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2009, 114, C10026, doi:10.1029/2008JC005166.