Dr David Schoeman

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Dr David Schoeman


Teaching areas

  • Biostatistics
  • Marine Biology
  • Biodiversity
  • Animal Ecology

Research areas

  • marine climate change ecology
  • quantitative ecology
  • sandy beach ecology
  • marine conservation ecology
  • ecological statistics


Dr Dave Schoeman is a quantitative ecologist whose research focuses on identifying and quantifying ecological consequences of climate change at scales from the very local to global, and on designing strategies to minimise the loss of ecosystem services.

Since joining USC in the middle of 2012, Dave has initiated field projects to test specific predictions of climate-change ecology and to quantify ecosystem services provided by sandy beaches.

He continues to contribute to several international collaborations with the aim of developing numerical methods for predicting the rearrangement of marine ecological communities under climate change, and for including this knowledge into marine conservation planning initiatives.

Dave's teaching interests include numerical ecology and biostatistics.

Selected publications


1. Burrows MT, Schoeman DS, Richardson AJ, Molinos JG, Hoffmann A, Buckley LB, Moore PJ, Brown CJ, Bruno JF, Duarte CM, Halpern BS, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Kappel CV, Kiessling W, O'Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Sydeman WJ, Ferrier S, Williams KJ, Poloczanska ES (2014) Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity. Nature 507:492–495

2. Harris L, Campbell EE, Nel R, Schoeman D (2014) Rich diversity, strong endemism, but poor protection: addressing the neglect of sandy beach ecosystems in coastal conservation planning (L Beaumont, Ed.). Diversity and Distributions 20:1120–1135

3. O'Connor MI, Holding JM, Kappel CV, Duarte CM, Brander K, Brown CJ, Bruno JF, Buckley L, Burrows MT, Halpern BS, Kiessling W, Moore P, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Poloczanska ES, Schoeman DS, Sydeman WJ, Richardson AJ (2014) Strengthening confidence in the climate change impact science. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI 10.1111/geb.12218

4. Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Jones AR, Dugan JE, Hubbard DM, Defeo O, Peterson CH, Weston MA, Maslo B, Olds AD, Scapini F, Nel R, Harris LR, Lucrezi S, Lastra M, Huijbers CM, Connolly RM (2014) Journal of Environmental Management. Journal of Environmental Management 144:322–335

5. Schoeman DS, Schlacher TA, Defeo O (2014) Climate-change impacts on sandy-beach biota: crossing a line in the sand. Global Change Biology 20:2383–2392

6. Sydeman WJ, García-Reyes M, Schoeman DS, Rykaczewski RR, Thompson SA, Black BA, Bograd SJ (2014) Climate change and wind intensification in coastal upwelling ecosystems. Science 345:77–80

7. Yates KL, Schoeman DS (2014) Incorporating the spatial access priorities of fishers into strategic conservation planning and marine protected area design: reducing cost and increasing transparency. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsu122


1. García-Reyes M, Sydeman WJ, Black BA, Rykaczewski RR, Schoeman DS, Thompson S-A, Bograd SJ (2013) Relative influence of oceanic and terrestrial pressure systems in driving upwelling-favorable winds. Geophysical Research Letters 40:1–5

2. Harris L, Nel R, Holness S, Sink K, Schoeman D (2013) Setting conservation targets for sandy beach ecosystems. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.05.016

3. Huijbers CM, Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Weston MA, Connolly RM (2013) Urbanisation alters processing of marine carrion on sandy beaches. Landscape and Urban Planning 119:1–8

4. Schlacher TA, Strydom S, Connolly RM, Schoeman D (2013) Donor-control of scavenging food webs at the land-ocean interface. PLoS ONE 8:e68221

5. Yates KL, Schoeman DS (2013) Spatial access priority mapping (SAPM) with fishers: a quantitative GIS method for participatory planning. PLoS ONE 8:e68424

6. Yates KL, Payo Payo A, Schoeman DS (2013) International, regional and national commitments meet local implementation: A case study of marine conservation in Northern Ireland. Marine Policy 38:140–150

2012 and earlier

1. Brander K, Bruno J, Hobday A, Schoeman D (2011) The value of attribution. Nature Climate Change 1:70–71

2. Brown CJ, Schoeman DS, Sydeman WJ, Brander K, Buckley LB, Burrows M, Duarte CM, Moore PJ, Pandolfi JM, Poloczanska E, Venables W, Richardson AJ (2011) Quantitative approaches in climate change ecology. Global Change Biology 17:3697–3713

3. Burrows MT, Schoeman DS, Buckley LB, Moore P, Poloczanska ES, Brander KM, Brown C, Bruno JF, Duarte CM, Halpern BS, Holding J, Kappel CV, Kiessling W, O'Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Schwing FB, Sydeman WJ, richardson AJ (2011) The pace of shifting climate in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Science 334:652–655

4. Burrows MT, Schoeman DS, Duarte CM, O'Connor MI, Buckley LB, Kappel CV, Parmesan C, Halpern BS, Brown C, Brander K, Bruno JF, Pandolfi JM, Sydeman WJ, Moore P, Kiessling W, richardson AJ, Poloczanska ES (2012) Invasive species unchecked by climate: Response. Science 335:538

5. Defeo O, McLachlan A, Schoeman DS, Schlacher TA, Dugan J, Jones A, Lastra M, Scapini F (2009) Threats to sandy beach ecosystems: A review. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 81:1–12

6. Ortega Cisneros K, Smit AJ, Laudien J, Schoeman DS (2011) Complex, dynamic combination of physical, chemical and nutritional variables controls spatio-temporal variation of sandy beach community structure. PLoS ONE 6:e23724

7. Parmesan C, Burrows MT, Duarte CM, Poloczanska ES, Richardson AJ, Schoeman DS, Singer MC (2013) Beyond climate change attribution in conservation and ecological research. Ecology Letters 16:58–71

8. Poloczanska ES, Brown CJ, Sydeman WJ, Kiessling W, Schoeman DS, Moore PJ, Brander K, Bruno JF, Buckley LB, Burrows MT, Duarte CM, Halpern BS, Holding J, Kappel CV, O'Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Schwing F, Thompson SA, Richardson AJ (2013) Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Nature Climate Change 3:919–925

9. Richardson AJ, Schoeman DS (2004) Climate impact on plankton ecosystems in the Northeast Atlantic. Science 305:1609–1612 Richardson AJ, Brown CJ, Brander K, Bruno JF, Buckley L, Burrows MT, Duarte CM, Halpern BS, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Holding J, Kappel CV, Kiessling W, Moore PJ, O'Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Schoeman DS, Schwing F, Sydeman WJ, Poloczanska ES (2012) Climate change and marine life. Biology Letters 8:907–909

10. Schoeman DS, Nel R, Goulart Soares A (2008) Measuring species richness on sandy beach transects: extrapolative estimators and their implications for sampling effort. Marine Ecology 29:134–149

11. Wheeler M, Chambers F, Sims-Castley R, Cowling RM, Schoeman DS (2008) From beans to breams: how participatory workshops can contribute to marine conservation planning. African Journal of Marine Science 30:475–487

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