Lydia Teh

Research Associate
Changing Ocean Research Unit
Nereus Program

Degrees: PhD, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

Small-scale fisheries, socio-ecological systems, marine conservation, coral reef management, integrated assessment, sustainability


Lydia’s research examines the social, economic, and ecological dynamics of marine fisheries, with a special focus on small-scale fisheries. Her inter-disciplinary research cuts across fields from human ecology to biodiversity conservation, and has taken her to work with fishing communities in Sabah, Malaysia and Fiji. Lydia applies empirical methods and modelling approaches in her research, and has published in the topics of fisher behaviour, marine protected area design, coral reef trade, ecotourism, and climate change adaptation. Her goal is to conduct research that can translate into practical tools and strategies for management, particularly in data poor and developing countries.

Contact Information

Office phone: (604) 822-1636

Changing Ocean Research Unit
Nereus Program

Selected Publications:

Kittinger JN, Teh LCL, Allison EH, Bennett NJ, Crowder LB, Finkbeiner EM, Hicks C, Scarton CG, Nakamura K, Ota Y et al. (2017) Committing to socially responsible seafood. Science 356 (6341):912-913.

Bennett NJ, Teh LCL, Ota Y, Christie P, Ayers A, Day JC, Franks P, Gill D, Gruby RL, Kittinger JN et al. (2017) An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation. Marine Policy 81: 411-418.

Teh LSL, Lam VWY, Cheung WWL, Miller D, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2016) Impact of High Seas Closure on Food Security in Low Income Fish Dependent Countries. PLoS ONE 11 (12): e0168529.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168529.

Sumaila UR, Cisneros-Montemayor A, Dyck AJ, Khan AS, Lam VWY, Swartz W, Teh LCL (2016) The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries. In Pauly D, Zeller D (Eds) Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries: A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impacts, pp 68-75. Washington DC, Island Press.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Hines E, Junchompoo C, Lewison RL (2015) Contextualising the coupled socio-ecological conditions of marine megafauna bycatch. Ocean & Coastal Management 116: 449-465.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2014) Time preference of small-scale fishers in open access and traditionally managed reef fisheries. Marine Policy 44: 222-231.

Teh LCL, Teh LSL, Jumin R (2013) Combining human preference and biodiversity priorities for marine protected area site selection in Sabah, Malaysia. Biological Conservation 167: 396-404.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2013) A Global Estimate of the Number of Coral Reef Fishers. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65397. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065397.

Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2013) Contribution of marine fisheries to worldwide employment. Fish and Fisheries 14(1): 77-88.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR, Cheung W (2013). Time discounting and the overexploitation of coral reefs. Environmental and Resource Economics. doi 10.1007.s10640-013-9674-7.

Teh LCL, Teh LSL, Pitcher TJ (2012) A tool for site prioritisation of marine protected areas under data poor conditions. Marine Policy 36(6): 1290-1300.

Teh LCL, Teh LSL, Meitner MJ (2012) Preferred resource spaces and fisher flexibility: implications for spatial management of small scale fisheries. Human Ecology 40: 213-226.

Teh LCL, Teh LSL (2011) A fuzzy logic approach to marine spatial management. Environmental Management 47(4): 536-545.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2011) Low discounting behaviour among small-scale fishers in Fiji and Sabah, Malaysia. Sustainability 3: 897-913.

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2011) Quantifying the overlooked socio-economic contribution of small-scale fisheries in Sabah, Malaysia. Fisheries Research 110(3): 450-458.

Teh L, Teh L, Starkhouse B, Sumaila UR (2009) An overview of socio-economic and ecological perspectives of Fiji’s inshore reef fisheries. Marine Policy 33(5): 807-817.

Teh LCL, Teh LSL, Chung FC. (2008) A private management approach to coral reef conservation in Sabah, Malaysia. Biodiversity and Conservation 17(13): 3061-3077.

Teh L, Teh L, Starkhouse B, Kuridrani N, Sumaila R (2008) Preliminary assessment of the socio-economic importance of export trade in coral reef resources on Fijian society. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7-11 July 2008.

Teh L, Cabanban AS (2007) Planning for sustainable tourism in southern Pulau Banggi: an assessment of biophysical conditions and their implications for future tourism development. Journal of Environmental Management 85(4): 999-1008.

Teh L, Zeller D, Cabanban AS, Teh L, Sumaila UR (2007) Seasonality and historical trends in the reef fisheries of Pulau Banggi, Sabah, Malaysia. Coral Reefs 26(2): 251-263.