Isabelle M. Côté

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Isabelle Côté in 2009.

Isabelle M. Côté is a Canadian Professor of Marine Ecology at Simon Fraser University. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on behavioural ecology, coral reef ecology, and conservation.[1]

Life and education[edit]

Côté is from Montreal, Quebec. She received her B.Sc. in Marine Biology from McGill University in 1984, her M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Alberta in 1987, and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1993. Her research is notable for its impact on coral reef conservation.


Côté pioneered the use of meta-analyses in marine conservation. Her research has addressed the extent of coral reef declines in the Caribbean at a regional level,[2] and measured the effectiveness of marine protected areas at enhancing fish and their habitats. Côté and coauthors demonstrated that protected areas were not necessarily more resistant to climate change.[3][4] Her recent research has focused on the dramatic invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish throughout the Caribbean.[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

1. Awarded 2018 Murray A. Newman Award for her significant contributions to advancing conservation and research efforts in BC and beyond.

2. Awarded 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows by Stanford University's Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

3. Awarded 2008 Marsh Award for Conservation Biology by the Zoological Society of London for "contributions of fundamental science to the conservation of animal species and habitats".[7]


1995. IM Côté, R Poulin. Parasitism and group size in social animals: a meta-analysis. Behavioral Ecology 6 (2), 159-165

2003. TA Gardner, IM Côté, JA Gill, A Grant, AR Watkinson. Long-term region-wide declines in Caribbean corals. Science 301 (5635), 958-960

2008. ES Darling, IM Côté. Quantifying the evidence for ecological synergies. Ecology letters 11 (12), 1278-1286

2014. SJ Green, IM Côté. Trait‐based diet selection: prey behaviour and morphology predict vulnerability to predation in reef fish communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 83 (6), 1451-1460

2016. IM Côté, ES Darling, CJ Brown. Interactions among ecosystem stressors and their importance in conservation. Proc. R. Soc. B 283 (1824), 20152592

2016. JA Schultz, RN Cloutier, IM Côté. Evidence for a trophic cascade on rocky reefs following sea star mass mortality in British Columbia PeerJ 4, e1980


  1. ^ "Isabelle Côté - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  2. ^ Gardner, T.A.; Côté, I.M.; Gill, J.A.; Grant, A; Watkinson, A.R. (2003). "Long term region-wide declines in Caribbean corals". Science. 301 (5635): 958–960. doi:10.1126/science.1086050. PMID 12869698.
  3. ^ Darling, E.R.; McClanahan, T.R.; Côté, I.M. (2010). "Combined effects of two stressors on Kenyan coral reefs are additive or antagonistic, not synergistic". Conservation Letters. 3 (2): 122–130. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00089.x.
  4. ^ Darling, E.R.; Côté, I.M. (2010). "Rethinking ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change". PLOS Biology. 8 (7): e1000438. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000438. PMC 2910654. PMID 20668536.
  5. ^ Green, S.J.; Tamburello, N.; Miller, S.E.; Akins, J.L.; Côté, I.M. (2014). "Habitat complexity and fish size affect the detection of Indo-Pacific lionfish on invaded coral reefs". Coral Reefs. 32 (2): 413–421. doi:10.1007/s00338-012-0987-8.
  6. ^ Green, S.J.; Dulvy, N.K.; Brooks, A.L.M.; Akins, J.L.; Cooper, AB; Miller, S; Côté, I.M. (2014). "Linking removal targets to the ecological effects of invaders: a predictive model and field test". Ecological Applications. 24 (6): 1311–1322. doi:10.1890/13-0979.1.
  7. ^ Marsh Award for Conservation Biology - Isabelle Côté, archived from the original on 2014-11-10, retrieved 2014-11-10