Academic Publications

Burgess, M.G., Costello, C., Fredston-Hermann, A., Pinsky, M.L., Gaines, S.D., Tilman, D., Polasky, S. 2017. Range contraction enables harvesting to extinctionProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 3945-3950. (Cover articleOpen-access arXiv version here.)

Burgess, M.G., Giacomini, H.C., Szuwalski, C.S., Costello, C., Gaines, S.D. 2017. Describing ecosystem contexts with single-species models: A theoretical synthesis for fisheries. Fish and Fisheries 18: 264-284.

Jacobsen, N.S., Burgess, M.G.Andersen, K.H. 2017. Efficiency of fisheries is increasing at the ecosystem level. Fish and Fisheries 18: 199-211. (Model code and web interface here.)

Szuwalski, C.S., Burgess, M.G., Costello, C., Gaines, S.D. 2017. High fishery catches through trophic cascades in China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 717-721. (See also Commentary in same issue.)

Burgess, M.G., Clemence, M., McDermott, G.R., Costello, C., Gaines, S.D. 2016. Five rules for pragmatic blue growth. Marine Policy. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.12.005

Williams, R.*, Burgess, M.G.*, Ashe, E., Gaines, S.D., Reeves, R.R. 2016U.S. seafood import restriction presents opportunity and risk. Science 354: 1372-1374. (*Equal contribution)

Burgess, M.G., Diekert, F.K., Jacobsen, N.S., Andersen, K.H., Gaines, S.D. 2016. Remaining questions in the case for balanced harvesting. Fish and Fisheries 17: 1216-1226.

Burgess, M.G., McDermott, G.R. 2015. Resolving disputes over ocean calamities. BioScience 65: 1115-1116.

Burgess, M.G. 2015. Consequences of fleet diversification in managed and unmanaged fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 54-70. (Open-access arXiv version here.)

Burgess, M.G., Polasky, S., Tilman, D. 2013. Predicting overfishing and extinction threats in multispecies fisheries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 15943-15948. (See also Commentary in same issue.)

Burgess, M.G. 2009. Sub-optimal pit construction in predatory ant lion larvae. Journal of Theoretical Biology 260: 379-385.


Burgess, M.G., Fredston-Hermann, A., Pinsky, M.L., Gaines, S.D., Tilman, D. 2017. Reply to Le Pape et al: Management is key to preventing marine extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: E6275-E6276.


Burgess, M.G.*, McDermott, G.R.*, Owashi, B., Peavey, L.E., Clavelle, T., Ovando, D., Wallace, B.P., Lewison, R.L., Gaines, S.D., Costello, C. Protecting marine mammals, turtles, and birds by rebuilding global fisheries. (*Equal contribution)

Tallis, H.M., Hawthorne, P.L., Polasky, S., Reid, J., Beck, M.W., Brauman, K., Bielicki, J.M., Binder, S., Burgess, M.G., Cassidy, E., Clark, A., Costello, C., Fargione, J., Game, E.T., Gerber, J., Isbell, F., Kiesecker, J., McDonald, R., Metian, M., Molnar, J.L., Mueller, N.D., O'Connell, C.O., Ovando, D., Troell, M., Boucher, T., McPeek, B. An attainable global vision for conservation and human well-being

Burgess, M.G., Drexler, M., Axtell, R.L., Bailey, R.M., Watson, J.R., Ananthanaryanan, A., Cabral, R.B., Carrella, E., Clemence, M., Costello, C., Dorsett, C., Gaines, S.D., Klein, E.S., Koralus, P., Leonard, G., Levin, S.A., Little, L.R., Lynham, J., Madsen, J.K., Merkl, A., Owashi, B., Saul, S.E., van Putten, I.E., Wilcox, S. The role of agent-based modeling in systems-based fishery management.

Twohey, B., Klein, C.J., Burgess, M.G.Gaines, S.D., Halpern, B.S.  Social equity is strategically important in environmental management. 

Bailey, R., Carrella, E., Axtell, R.L., Burgess, M.G., Cabral, R.B., Drexler, M., Dorsett, C., Madsen, J.K., Merkl, A., Saul, S.  A computational approach to managing coupled human-environmental systems: The POSEIDON model of ocean fisheries.

Technical reports:

Millage, K., Burgess, M.G., Strauss, K., Lenihan, H.S., Costello, C. Ocean Halos: A conceptual model of marine zoning in French Polynesia. Report to The Nature Conservancy, October 10, 2017.

Millage, K., Tsukayama, L., Owashi, B., Clemence, M., Burgess, M.G., Gaines, S.D. Transfer effects following decline in the United States pelagic longline fleet. Report to the Environmental Defense Fund, December 24, 2016.

Burgess, M.G., Gaines, S.D. Relative impacts of fishing on bycatch and target species drive long-term threats and tradeoffs. Report to the Environmental Defense Fund, October 7, 2016


Burgess, M.G. 2014Simple solutions to complex problems in fisheries. University of Minnesota.