Loren E. McClenachan

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Office: Diamond 208 [ campus map ]
Box 5351

Phone: 207-859-5351
Fax: 207-859-5369
Mailing Address:
5351 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
McClenachan, Loren E.


Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2009
M.S. University of Oregon, 2003
B.A. Middlebury College, 1998

Areas of Expertise

  • Marine conservation
  • Historical ecology
  • Coral reef ecology

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
ES344 AMarine Fisheries Management
ES494 BProblems in Environmental Science


Lotze, H. and L. McClenachan. 2014. Historical ecology: Informing the future by learning from the past. In Bertness M, Silliman B, Bruno J, Stachowicz J (eds) Marine Community Ecology and Conservation. Sinauer.
Van Houtan, K.S., L. McClenachan, and J.N.Kittinger. 2013. Seafood menus reflect long-term ocean change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 289–290.
Kittinger, J.N., K.S. Van Houtan, L. McClenachan, and A.L. Lawrence. 2013. Using historical data to assess the biogeography of population recovery. Ecography 36: 868-872.
McClenachan, L. 2013. Recreation and the "Right to Fish" movement: Anglers and ecological degradation in the Florida Keys. Environmental History 18: 76-87.
McClenachan, L. and J. Kittinger. 2013. Multicentury trends and the sustainability of coral reef fisheries in Hawaii and the Florida Keys. Fish and Fisheries 14: 239-255.
McClenachan, L., F. Ferretti, and J.K. Baum. 2012. From archives to conservation: why historical data are needed to set baselines for marine animals and ecosystems. Conservation Letters 5: 349-359 . .
McClenachan, L., A. Cooper, K. Carpenter, and N. Dulvy. 2012. Extinction risk and bottlenecks in the conservation of charismatic species. Conservation Letters 5: 73-80.
Kittinger, J. N., J. M. Pandolfi, J. H. Blodgett, T. L. Hunt, K. Maly, L. E. McClenachan, J. K. Schultz, and B. A. Wilcox. 2011. Historical reconstruction reveals recovery in Hawaiian coral reefs. PLoS ONE 6(10).
McClenachan, L., M. Hardt, J. Jackson, and R. Cooke. 2010. Mounting evidence for historical overfishing and long-term degradation of Caribbean marine ecosystems. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 5: 165-169.
Ward-Paige, C., C. Mora, H.K Lotze, C. Pattengill-Semmens, L. McClenachan, E. Arias-Castro, R.A. Myers. 2010. Large-scale absence of sharks on reefs in the greater-Caribbean: a footprint of human pressures. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11968.
McClenachan, L. 2009. Documenting loss of large trophy fish from the Florida Keys with historical photographs. Conservation Biology 23:636-643.
McClenachan, L. 2009. Historical declines in south Florida, USA goliath grouper populations. Endangered Species Research 7:175-181.
McClenachan, L. and A. Cooper. 2008. Extinction rate, historical population structure and ecological role of the Caribbean monk seal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 1351-1358.
McClenachan, L. 2008. Social conflict, overfishing and disease in the Florida sponge fishery, 1849-1939. Chapter 3 In: Oceans Past: Management Insights from the History of Marine Animal Populations. D. Starkey, Editor. Earthscan Publications Limited, London.
McClenachan, L., J.B.C. Jackson, and M.J.H.Newman. 2006. Conservation implications of historic sea turtle nesting beach loss. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 290-296.
Pandolfi, J.M., R.H. Bradbury, E. Sala, T.P. Hughes, K.A. Bjorndal, R.G. Cooke, D. McArdle, L. McClenachan, M.J.H. Newman, G. Paredes, R.R. Warner, and J.B.C. Jackson. 2003. Global trajectories of the long-term decline of coral reef ecosystems. Science 301:955-958.


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