In general, I study how and why marine communities and populations vary in space and time. Most recently, I have focused on biodiversity and body size change in response to local human impacts and ocean warming. In the Micheli lab, I am studying trawl fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, with the goal of optimizing the placement of a large marine protected area in the context of economic and conservation goals.
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, 147–158.
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), 1938–1943.