Stephanie Green


BSc  Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of British Columbia

 Current position

 PhD candidate



I am broadly interested in developing new quantitative tools and practical approaches to conserving marine ecosystems. My research approach combines manipulative field experiments,  large-scale correlative studies and mechanistic models of both species and size-based interactions within marine food webs. Currently, my dissertation work focuses on quantifying patterns, processes and consequences of predation by invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish on Atlantic coral reef fish communities. My research takes place in several regions of the Caribbean and is made possible through collaboration with government, non-profit and regional research groups, as well as local dive operators (many of whom are listed below).



1. C Phillis*, S O’Regan*, SJ Green*, J Bruce*, S Anderson, J Linton, Earth2Ocean Working Group, B Favaro.  (in press). Multiple pathways to conservation success. Conservation Letters *Authors contributed equally, listed in reverse alphabetical order.

2. IM Côté, SJ Green, JL Akins, D Steinke, JA Morris Jr. (in press) Diet richness of invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish revealed by DNA barcoding. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

3. SJ Green. (2012) Monitoring: An essential action in JA Morris Jr (ed). Invasive lionfish: A guide to control and managementGulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Press. Ft. Pierce, FL

4. JA Morris Jr and SJ Green. (2012) Lionfish research: A guide to current findings and future questions for applied science in JA Morris Jr (ed). Invasive lionfish: A guide to control and managementGulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Press. Ft. Pierce, FL

5. SJ Green, JL Akins, A Maljkovic and IM Côté (2012)  Invasive lionfish drive Atlantic coral reef fish declines. PLoS ONE. 7(3): e32596.

6. IM Côté and SJ Green (2012) Potential effects of climate change on a marine invasion: The importance of current context. Current Zoology. 58(1): 1-8

7. SJ Green, Akins, JL and JA Morris Jr. (2012) Lionfish dissection: Techniques and applications. NOAA Technical Memorandum NCCOS 139. 

8. ES Darling, SJ Green, JK O’Leary and IM Côté (2011) Indo-Pacific lionfish are larger and more abundant on invaded reefs: a comparison of Kenyan and Bahamian lionfish populations.   Biological Invasions.13(9): 2045-2051

9. SJ Green, JL Akins and IM Côté (2011) Foraging behaviour and prey consumption in the Indo-Pacific lionfish on Bahamian coral reefs.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 433: 159-167.

10. Green, SJ and IM Côté (2009) Record densities of Indo-Pacific lionfish on Bahamian coral reefs.   Coral Reefs. 28: 107.


Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) 

Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) Lionfish Research and Education Program

NOAA Coastal Habitat and Fisheries Research

Please report lionfish sightings to the USGS Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species Database

Stuart Cove generously donates logistic support for lionfish research and conservation endeavors in the Bahamas:

International Coral Reef Initiative Lionfish Working Group

In 2010, managers and scientists from across the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic convened in Mexico to establish a regional working group and coordinated strategy for addressing the lionfish invasion. The efforts of this group led to the recently published ‘Invasive lionfish: A guide to control and management‘.

Film and television media

Alien Invaders, WPBT2 Changing Seas The Changing Seas documents our research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute.
One Feisty Fish, Dan Rather Reports.

Cayman Island Daybreak, Cayman 27 Morning News.

To Catch A Lionfish, Katie Couric & Co., CBS News.Preview Changes

Print media

Lionfish: New explorers of the Caribbean. (December 2011) The Explorers Journal

Lionfish Make New Home: Invasive Fish are Settling In for the Long Haul. (July 2009)  Alert Diver Magazine.