Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
2017-2019 Rutgers University
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Wellesley College)
Becca Selden is a broadly trained marine ecologist interested in examining how climate change is impacting marine communities and the fishers that depend on them. She is currently working as a NSF OCE Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University investigating how climate change is impacting marine predator prey interactions. For Nereus, she will examine how shifting species distributions are creating no-analog communities within coastal marine systems, and how such changes in ecological community structure might also impact fishing communities.
Selden, R. L., Batt, R. D., Saba, V. S., Pinsky, M. L., 2017, Diversity in thermal affinity among key piscivores buffers impacts of ocean warming on predator–prey interactions, Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.13838, link
Selden, R.L., Warner, R.R. and Gaines, S.D., 2018. Ontogenetic shifts in predator diet drive tradeoffs between fisheries yield and strength of predator-prey interactions. Fisheries Research, 205, pp.11-20. link
Morley, J.W., Selden, R.L., Latour, R.J., Frolicker, T.L., Seagraves, R.J., Pinsky, M.L. 2018. Projecting shifts in thermal habitat for 686 species on the North American continental shelf. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0196127, link
Selden, R. L., Thorson, J. T., Samhouri, J. F., Bograd, S. J., Brodie, S., Carroll, G., Haltuch, M. A., Hazen, E. L., Holsman, K. K., Pinsky, M. L.,Tolimieri, N., and Willis-Norton, E. Coupled changes in biomass and distribution drive trends in availability of fish stocks to US WestCoast ports. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsz2
Fredston-Hermann, A., Selden, B., Pinsky, M., Gaines, S.D., & Halpern, B.S. (2020). Cold range edges of marine fishes track climate change better than warm edges. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15035 link
Nereus Fellow Becca Selden will be joining the Biology faculty at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She is thrilled to be at this highly prestigious institution to continue her research and help launch the careers of the next generation of women scientists.
Marine Species on the Move: Understanding and Responding to Shifting Distributions of US Fish Stocks (American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting)
20 August 2017 - 24 August 2017
30 May 2017 - 2 June 2017
OceanVisions2019 – Climate Summit, ‘Successes in Resilience, Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainability’
Nereus Research Associate Colette Wabnitz (University of British Columbia) writes about attending the OceanVisions2019– Climate Summit, ‘Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability’ in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1-4th, 2019. She was co-chair of session VI – Integrated Modelling of Human and Climate Impacts on Ocean Systems. Fellow Becca Selden (Wellesley College) and Principal Investigator Malin Pinsky (Rutgers University) also attended.
Shifting Species Distributions and Changes in Biomass Impact the Availability of Commercial Species Along the U.S. West Coast
Becca Selden (Wellesley College) and Malin Pinsky (Rutgers University) are co-authors on a new study in ICES Journal of Marine Science – “Coupled changes in biomass and distribution drive trends in availability of fish stocks to US West Coast ports.”
Nereus Program principal investigator Malin Pinsky was the focus of a recent article that appeared in ScienceNews and in ScienceNews for Students – “Malin Pinsky seeks to explain how climate change alters ocean life”.
Climate Change Drives Marine Species to Rapidly Shift Their Ranges- A New Review Looks at Potential Ecological Consequences and Unknowns
Principal investigator Malin Pinsky and research fellows Becca Selden and Zoë Kitchel are co-authors on a new publication in Annual Reviews, entitled “Climate-Driven Shifts in Marine Species Ranges: Scaling from Organisms to Communities”.
Becca Selden recently appeared as a guest on Your Call’s One Planet Series, for the episode ‘One Planet: The World’s Oceans Hit Record Temperatures in 2019.’ You can access and listen to the conversation here.
Becca Selden and Malin Pinsky are co-authors on a new study published in Global Change Biology, “Cold range edges of marine fishes track climate change better than warm edges.”