Becca Selden

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

Pinsky, M. L., Selden, R. L., & Kitchel, Z. J. (2019). Climate-Driven Shifts in Marine Species Ranges: Scaling from Organisms to Communities. Annual review of marine science, 12. link

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.

January 17, 2019 | EcologyLaw and Governance

Past Event

20 August 2017 - 24 August 2017

Nereus Fellow Becca Selden (Rutgers) is helping facilitate a symposium at the American Fisheries Society's 147th annual meeting in Tampa, Florida, August 20-24.
Past Event

30 May 2017 - 2 June 2017

Nereus fellow Becca Selden (Rutgers) will be attending "Climate, Oceans and Society: Challenges and Opportunities", conference co-organized by the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) May 30-June 2 in Busan, Korea.

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.

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”.

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.

May 30, 2017 | Climate Change

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.”

May 30, 2017 | Climate ChangeEcology