Robin Elahi

Hopkins Marine Station
Robin Elahi
I am a lecturer at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, where I teach courses in kelp forest ecology, statistics, and scientific computing. In general, I study drivers of spatial and temporal change in marine ecosystems. Ongoing and recent research projects include:
-examining the consequences of fisheries closures on fisher behavior
-understanding why some coral reefs fare better than their neighbors
-biodiversity and body size change, particularly in the context of recent human impacts

I also lead an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education focused on unifying curriculum across marine stations, with the goal of diversifying participation in marine ecology.


Elahi, R., Edmunds, P. J., Gates, R. D., Kuffner, I. B., Barnes, B. B., Chollett, I., … Williams, I. D. (2022). Scale dependence of coral reef oases and their environmental correlates. Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America, e2651.
Elahi, R., Miller, L. P., & Litvin, S. Y. (2020). Historical comparisons of body size are sensitive to data availability and ecological context. Ecology.
Courtney, T. A., Barnes, B. B., Chollett, I., Elahi, R., Gross, K., Guest, J. R., … Andersson, A. J. (2020). Disturbances drive changes in coral community assemblages and coral calcification capacity. ECOSPHERE, 11(4).
Guest, J. R., Edmunds, P. J., Gates, R. D., Kuffner, I. B., Andersson, A. J., Barnes, B. B., … Toth, L. T. (2018). A framework for identifying and characterising coral reef "oases" against a backdrop of degradation. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 55(6), 2865–75.
Elahi, R., Ferretti, F., Bastari, A., Cerrano, C., Colloca, F., Kowalik, J., … Micheli, F. (2018). Leveraging vessel traffic data and a temporary fishing closure to inform marine management. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 16(8), 440–45.
O'Leary, J. K., Micheli, F., Airoldi, L., Boch, C., De Leo, G., Elahi, R., … Wong, J. (2017). The Resilience of Marine Ecosystems to Climatic Disturbances. BIOSCIENCE, 67(3), 208–20.
Elahi, R., Sebens, K. P., & De Leo, G. A. (2016). Ocean warming and the demography of declines in coral body size. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 560, 147–58.
Elahi, R., O'Connor, M. I., Byrnes, J. E. K., Dunic, J., Eriksson, B. K., Hensel, M. J. S., & Kearns, P. J. (2015). Recent Trends in Local-Scale Marine Biodiversity Reflect Community Structure and Human Impacts. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 25(14), 1938–43.