Academic Publications

Tallis HM, Hawthorne PL, Polasky S, Reid J, Beck MW, Brauman K, Bielicki JM, Binder S, Burgess MGCassidy E, Clark A, Fargione J, Game ET, Gerber J, Isbell F, Kiesecker J, McDonald R, Metian M, Molnar JL, Mueller ND, O'Connell CO, Ovando D, Troell M, Boucher T, McPeek B. In press. An attainable global vision for conservation and human well-being. Frontiers in the Ecology and the Environment.

Bailey R, Carrella E, Axtell RL, Burgess MG, Cabral RB, Drexler M, Dorsett C, Madsen JK, Merkl A, Saul S. 2018A computational approach to managing coupled human-environmental systems: The POSEIDON model of ocean fisheries. Sustainability Science.

Burgess MG, Gaines SD. 2018. The scale of life and its lessons for humanity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 6328-6330. (Companion to Bar-On et al. 2018

Burgess MG*, McDermott GR*, Owashi B, Peavey Reeves LE, Clavelle T, Ovando D, Wallace BP, Lewison RL, Gaines SD, Costello C. 2018. Protecting marine mammals, turtles, and birds by rebuilding global fisheries. Science 359: 1255-1258. (*Equal contribution. Code here.)

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Burgess MG, Clemence M, McDermott GR, Costello C, Gaines SD. 2018. Five rules for pragmatic blue growth. Marine Policy 87: 331-339.

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

Burgess MG, Giacomini HC, Szuwalski CS, Costello C, Gaines SD. 2017. Describing ecosystem contexts with single-species models: A theoretical synthesis for fisheries. Fish and Fisheries 18: 264-284.

Jacobsen NS, Burgess MGAndersen KH. 2017. Efficiency of fisheries is increasing at the ecosystem level. Fish and Fisheries 18: 199-211. (Model code and web interface here.)

Szuwalski CS, Burgess MG, Costello C, Gaines SD. 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.)

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

Burgess MG, Diekert FK, Jacobsen NS, Andersen KH, Gaines SD. 2016. Remaining questions in the case for balanced harvesting. Fish and Fisheries 17: 1216-1226.

Burgess MG, McDermott GR. 2015. Resolving disputes over ocean calamities. BioScience 65: 1115-1116.

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


Burgess MG, Fredston-Hermann A, Pinsky ML, Gaines SD, 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 MG, Fredston-Hermann A, Tilman D, Loreau M, Gaines SD. Broadly inflicted stressors make limits to ecological similarity more restrictive.  

Burgess MG, Drexler M, Axtell RL, Bailey RM, Watson JR, Ananthanaryanan A, Cabral RB, Carrella E, Clemence M, Costello C, Dorsett C, Gaines SD, Klein ES, Koralus P, Leonard G, Levin SA, Little LR, Lynham J, Madsen JK, Merkl A, Owashi B, Saul SE, van Putten IE, Wilcox S. Opportunities for agent-based modeling in fisheries social science. 

Technical reports:

Millage K, Burgess MG, Strauss K, Lenihan HS, 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 MG, Gaines SD. Transfer effects following decline in the United States pelagic longline fleet. Report to the Environmental Defense Fund, December 24, 2016.

Burgess MG, Gaines SD. 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 MG. 2014Simple solutions to complex problems in fisheries. University of Minnesota.