In general, I study patterns of spatial and temporal change in marine ecosystems. Recent projects include:

My current projects are focused on the natural history and ecology of our local kelp forests and rocky shores, in collaboration with the students in my classes and undergraduate research interns. Below are some links to the public repositories with data, images, and videos from recent efforts:

Selected publications

If you would like a pdf of any of my publications, please contact me - elahi at stanford dot edu.

Elahi, R., Edmunds, P.J., Gates, R.D., Kuffner, I.B., Barnes, B.B., Chollett, I., Courtney, T.A., Guest, J.R., Lenz, E.A., Toth, L.T., Viehman, T.S., and I.D. Williams. 2022. Scale dependence of coral reef oases and their environmental correlates. Ecological Applications 32: e2651

Elahi, R., Miller, L.P., and S.Y. Litvin. 2020. Historical comparisons of body size are sensitive to data availability and ecological context. Ecology 101:e03101

Micheli, F., Carlton, J., Pearse, J., Selgrath, J., Elahi, R., Watanabe, J., Mach, M.E., McDevitt-Irwin, J., Pearse, V., Burnett, N., and C. Baxter. 2020. Field stations as sentinels of change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 18:320-322

Elahi, R., Ferretti, F., Bastari, A., Cerrano, C., Colloca, F., Kowalik, J., Ruckelshaus, M., Struck, A. and F. Micheli. 2018. Leveraging vessel traffic data and a temporary fishing closure to inform marine management. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 16:440-446

Guest, J.R., Edmunds, P.J., Gates, R.D., Kuffner, I.B., Andersonn, A.J., Barnes, B.B., Chollett, I., Courtney, T.A., Elahi, R., Gross, K., Lenz, E.A., Mitarai, S., Mumby, P.J., Nelson, H.R., Parker, B.A., Putnam, H.M., Rogers, C.S. and L.T. Toth. 2018. A framework for identifying and characterising coral reef “oases” against a backdrop of degradation. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 2865-2875

O’Leary, J., Micheli, F., Airoldi L., Boch C., De Leo, G., Elahi, R., Ferretti, F., Graham, N.A.J., Litvin, S.Y., Low, N.H., Lummis, S., Nickols, K.J. and J. Wong. 2017. Resilience of marine ecosystems to climatic disturbances. BioScience 67: 208-220

Elahi, R., Sebens, K.P. and G.A. De Leo. 2016. Ocean warming and the demography of declines in coral body size. Marine Ecology Progress Series 560: 147-158

Elahi, R., O’Connor, M.I., Byrnes, J.E.K., Dunic, J., Eriksson, B.K., Hensel, M.J.S. and P.J. Kearns. 2015. Recent trends in local-scale marine biodiversity reflect community structure and human impacts. Current Biology 25:1938-1943

Elahi, R., Birkeland, C., Sebens, K.P, Turner, K.R. and T.R. Dwyer. 2013. Limited change in the diversity and structure of subtidal communites over four decades. Marine Biology 160:3209-3219

Elahi, R. and K.P. Sebens. 2012. Consumers mediate natural variation between prey richness and resource use in a benthic marine community. Marine Ecology Progress Series 452:131-143

Edmunds, P.J. and R. Elahi. 2007. The demographics of a 15-year decline in cover of the Caribbean reef coral Montastraea annularis. Ecological Monographs 77:3-18

Elahi, R. and P.J. Edmunds. 2007. Consequences of fission in the coral Siderastrea siderea: growth rates of small colonies and clonal input to population structure. Coral Reefs 26:271-276

Conducting video surveys in a kelp forest (credit: S. Andrzejaczek)