Lydia Teh

Ph.D., Resource Management and Environmental Studies

University of British Columbia

Lydia’s research examines the social, economic, and ecological dynamics of marine fisheries, with a special focus on small-scale fisheries. Her interdisciplinary research cuts across fields from human ecology to biodiversity conservation, and has taken her to work with fishing communities in Sabah, Malaysia and Fiji. Lydia applies empirical methods and modelling approaches in her research, and has published in the topics of fisher behaviour, marine protected area design, coral reef trade, ecotourism, and climate change adaptation.


Tittensor D.P., Walpole M., Hill S.M.L.L., Boyce D.G., Britten G.L., Burgess N.D., Butchart S.H.M., Leadley P.W., Regan E.C., Alkemade R., Baumung R., Bellard C., Bouwman L., Bowles-Newark N.J., Chenery M.A., Cheung W.W.L., Christensen V., Cooper H.D., Crowther A.R., Dixon M.J.R., Galli A., Gaveau V., Gregory R.D., Gutierrez N.L., Hirsch T.L., Höft R., Januchowski-Hartley S.R., Karmann M., Krug C.B., Leverington F.J., Loh J., Lojenga R.K., Malsch K., Marques A., Morgan D.H.W., Mumby P.J., Newbold T., Noonan-Mooney K., Pagad S.N., Parks B.C., Pereira H.M., Robertson T., Rondinini C., Santini L., Scharlemann Schindler S., Sumaila R., Teh L.S.L., van Kolck J., Visconti P., Ye Y., 2014, A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets., Biodiversity, Science, 346, 241-244, DOI 10.1126/science.1257484, link

Bennett, N. J., Teh, L., Ota, Y., Christie, P., Ayers, A., Day, J.C., Franks, P., Gill, D., Gruby, R. L., Kittinger, J. N., 2017, An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation, Governance, Marine Management, Marine Policy, 81, 411-418, link

Bailey M., Favaro B., Otto S., Charles A., Devillers R., Metaxas A., Tyedmers P., Ban N., Mason T., Hoover C., Duck T., Fanning L., Milley C., Cisneros-Montemayor A., Pauly D., Cheung W., Cullis-Suzuki S., Teh L., U. Sumaila R., 2016, Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science, Fisheries Management, Governance, Policy, Marine Policy, Volume 63, Pages 53–60, link

Wabnitz C.C.C., Lam V.W.Y., Reygondeau G., Teh L., Al-Abdulrazzak D., Khalfallah M., Pauly D., Palomares D., Zeller D., and W.W.L. Chung. 2018. Climate Change Impacts on Marine Biodiversity, Fisheries and Society in the Arabian Gulf. PLoS One 13(5): e0194537, link

Kittinger, J. N., Teh, L. C. L., Allison, E. H., Bennett, N. J., Crowder, L. B., Finkbeiner, E. M., Hicks. C., Scarton, C. G., Nakamura, K., Ota, Y., Young, J., Alifano, A., Apel, A., Arbib, A. Bishop, L., Boyle, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Hunter, P., Le Cornu, E., Levine, M., Jones, R. S., Koehn, Z., Marschke, M., Mason, J. G., Micheli, F., McClenachan, L., Opal, C., Peacey, J., Peckham, S. H., Schemmel, E., Solis-Rivera, V., Swartz, W., Wilhelm, T. A., 2017, Committing to socially responsible seafood, Science, 356(6341), 912-913, link

Teh, L.S.L., Cheung, W.W.L, Sumaila, U., 2016, Scenarios for investigating the future of Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries under environmental and socioeconomic change, Fisheries Management, Regional Environmental Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1081-5, (In press), link

Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Dyck, A. J., Khan, A. S., Lam, V. W. Y., Swartz, W., Teh, L. C. L., 2016, The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries, Fisheries, Economics, in Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Teh, L.C.L., Caddell, R., Allison, E.H., Finkbeiner, E.M., Kittinger, J.N., Nakamura, K., et al. (2019). The role of human rights in implementing socially responsible seafood. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0210241 link

Cisneros-Montemayor A., Cheung W., Bodtker K., Teh L., Steiner N., Bailey M., Hoover C., Sumaila R., 2016, Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps, Oceanography, Fisheries, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Scienceslink

Cheung, W.W.L., Jones, M.C., Lam, V.W.Y., Miller, D.D., Ota, Y., Teh, L.S.L, Sumaila, U.R., 2016, Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply, Food Security, Marine Management, Fish and Fisherieslink

Sumaila U.R., Lam V., Miller D., Teh L., Watson R., Cheung W., Cote I., Rogers A., Roberts C., Sala E., Pauly D., 2014, Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing., Economics, Fisheries Management, Transboundary Resources, Nature Scientific Report

Nereus Research Associate Lydia Teh (University of British Columbia) writes a blog about the Bajau Laut in Malaysia and their struggles with fishing and way of life. She discusses the balance between marine biodiversity conservation and the social side of the Bajau Laut communities, to include securing basic rights such as food, shelter, education, and an adequate standard of living.

Nereus Program Research Associate Lydia Teh (UBC), Principal Investigator Jack Kittinger (Arizona State University), and Yoshi Ota (University of Washington) joined a webinar organized by EBMTools to discuss “Socially Responsible Seafood.”

February 14, 2018

Nereus research associate Lydia Teh (UBC) writes a blog about her and other Nereus colleagues attending the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Conference (IMBeR) Future Oceans Open Science Conference in Brest, France.

Several Nereus Program participants are co-authors on a new paper just published in Nature Sustainability – “Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy”. The authors recommend five priority areas to address to ensure a safe and just future global ocean economy.