Gund Affiliate, Assistant Professor, College of Life Sciences and Agiculture

Dr. Easton White is a quantitative marine ecologist who uses mathematical and statistical tools, coupled with experiments and field observations, to answer questions in ecology, conservation science, sustainability, and ecosystem management. Most of Easton's work is focused on marine systems, especially fisheries and spatial planning. Easton currently conducts research on assessing the effectiveness of protected area networks, improving species monitoring programs, and modeling socio-ecological systems in the context of fisheries. Dr. White's work centers on how environmental variability, in particular rare events (e.g., hurricanes, COVID-19 pandemic), affects ecosystems and those that depend on them. Some of his current work is funded through a NSF grant focused on interdisciplinary approaches to study coupled natural-human systems with Madagascar fisheries as a case study.


  • White, Easton R., Kyle Cox, Brett Melbourne, and Alan Hastings. In press. Ecological management depends strongly on stochasticity: an experimental test. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Fournier, Auriel, Easton R. White, and Stephen Heard. 2019. Site-selection bias can drive apparent population declines in long-term studies. Conservation Biology.
  • White, Easton R. 2019. Minimum time required to detect population trends: the need for long-term monitoring programs. BioScience. Editors’ Choice article
  • White, Easton R. and Andrew T. Smith. 2018. The role of spatial structure in the collapse of regional metapopulations. Ecology 99(2): 2815-2822.
  • White, Easton R. Mark C. Myers, Joanna Mills Flemming, and Julia K. Baum. 2015. Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island - an isolated marine protected area. Conservation Biology 29(4): 1186-1197.
Gund Affiliate Easton White

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Quantitative ecology, socio-ecological systems, sustainability, optimization, conservation, science education


  • PhD, Population Biology, University of California - Davis
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Arizona State University
  • AS, Scottsdale Community College