Integrated coastal reserve planning: Making the land-sea connection

David M. Stoms*, Frank W. Davis, Sandy J. Andelman, Mark H. Carr, Steven D. Gaines, Benjamin S. Halpern, Rainer Hoenicke, Scott G. Leibowitz, Al Leydecker, Elizabeth M P Madin, Heather Tallis, Robert R. Warner

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

96 Citations (Scopus)


Land use, watershed processes, and coastal biodiversity are often intricately linked, yet land-sea interactions are usually ignored when selecting terrestrial and marine reserves with existing models. Such oversight increases the risk that reserves will fail to achieve their conservation objectives. The conceptual model underlying existing reserve selection models presumes each site is a closed ecological system, unaffected by inputs from elsewhere. As a short-term objective, we recommend extending land-conservation analyses to account for effects on marine biodiversity by considering linkages between ecosystems. This level of integration seems feasible and directly relevant to agencies and conservancies engaged in protecting coastal lands. We propose an approach that evaluates terrestrial sites based on whether they benefit or harm marine species or habitats. We then consider a hypothetical example involving estuarine nurseries. Whether this approach will produce more effective terrestrial reserves remains to be seen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Integrated coastal reserve planning: Making the land-sea connection'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this