Heather Leslie, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone:  207.563.8115

CV: Link to Leslie Bio & CV

Email: heather.leslie@maine.edu

Lab website: Marine Conservation Science @ UMaine

Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole ME 04573


Ph.D, Oregon State University, 2004


In the Leslie Lab at the University of Maine, we focus on the connections among people and coastal marine ecosystems. As marine conservation scientists, we use a combination of field experiments, modeling, and other approaches grounded in both the ecological and social sciences to investigate how diverse factors, including climate variability and changes in economic and regulatory regimes, influence ecosystem dynamics, and in turn, social interactions. Our ultimate aim is to provide scientific knowledge and tools that can help inform marine management that benefits both nature and people.

Research Interests

Marine conservation science; coupled social-ecological systems; ecology; translating knowledge to action through engagement and science communication.


Please visit the Leslie Lab Website for current list of publications.