Jessica V. Redfern

Senior Scientist and Chair of the Spatial Ecology,
Mapping, and Assessment Program (EcoMap)

T: 617-973-0255



Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; University of California, Berkeley, 2002.


Dr. Jessica Redfern is a Senior Scientist and Chair of the Spatial Ecology, Mapping, and Assessment Program (EcoMap) at the Anderson Cabot Center. The goal of this program is to assess risk to marine species from human use and climate change. The program uses innovative monitoring and modeling techniques to provide a framework for internal and external collaborators to develop solutions to marine conservation challenges.  Examples of the conservation challenges that this program addresses include ship strikes, chronic noise, entanglement, and minimizing impacts of wind energy.

Jessica develops cetacean-habitat models and uses predictions from these models to assess risk to cetaceans.  Her current projects include assessing the risk of ships striking whales in areas with high shipping traffic around the world, developing methods to assess entanglement risk, identifying priority habitat for large whales, and using oceanographic data to interpret trends in the abundance of cetaceans.

  1. Select Publications

    Redfern, J. V., K. A. Kryc, L. Weiss, B. C. Hodge, O. O’Brien, S. D. Kraus, E. Quintana-Rizzo, and P. J. Auster. 2021. Opening a Marine Monument to Commercial Fishing Compromises Species Protections. Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

    Samhouri, J. F., B. E. Feist, M. C. Fisher, O. Liu, S. M. Woodman, B. Abrahms, K. A. Forney, E. L. Hazen, D. Lawson, J. V. Redfern, and L. E. Saez. 2021. Marine heatwave challenges solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20211607.

    Redfern, J.V., Becker, E.A., Moore, T.J. 2020. Effects of variability in ship traffic and whale distributions on the risk of ships striking whales. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:1-14.

    Pendleton, D. E., E. E. Holmes, J. V. Redfern, and J. Zhang. 2020. Using modelled prey to predict the distribution of a highly mobile marine mammal. Diversity and Distributions 26:1612-1626.

    Smith, J.N., Kelly, N., Childerhouse, S., Redfern, J.V., Moore, T.J., Peel, D. 2020. Quantifying ship strike risk to breeding whales in a multiple-use marine park: the Great Barrier Reef. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:1-15.

    Erbe, C., J.N. Smith, J.V. Redfern, and D. Peel. 2020. Editorial: Impacts of shipping on marine fauna. Frontiers in Marine Science 7: 1-5.

    Becker, E. A., Carretta, J. V., Forney, K. A., Barlow, J., Brodie, S., Hoopes, R., Jacox, M. G., Maxwell, S. M., Redfern, J. V., Sisson, N. B., Welch, H., Hazen, E. L. 2020. Performance evaluation of cetacean species distribution models developed using generalized additive models and boosted regression trees. Ecology and Evolution 00:1– 21.

    Hassellöv, I.M., Koski, M., Broeg, K., Marin-Enriquez, O., Tronczynski, J., Dulière, V., Murray, C., Bailey, S., Redfern, J.V., de Jong, K., Ponzevera, E., Belzunce-Segarra, M.J., Mason, C., Iacarella, J.C., Lyons, B., Fernandes, J.A., Parmentier, K. 2020. ICES Viewpoint background document: Impact from exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) on the marine environment (Ad hoc). ICES Scientific Reports. 2:86. 40 pp.

    Woodman, S.M., K.A. Forney, E.A. Becker, M.L. DeAngelis, E.L. Hazen, D.M. Palacios, and J.V. Redfern. 2019. esdm: A tool for creating and exploring ensembles of predictions from species distribution and abundance models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1923-1933.

    Redfern, J.V., Moore, T.J., Becker, E.A., Calambokidis, J., Hastings, S.P., Irvine, L.M., Mate, B.R., Palacios, D.M. 2019. Evaluating stakeholder‐derived strategies to reduce the risk of ships striking whales. Diversity and Distributions 25: 1575-1585.

    Becker, E.A., Forney, K.A., Redfern, J.V., Barlow, J., Jacox, M.G., Roberts, J.J., Palacios, D.M., 2019. Predicting cetacean abundance and distribution in a changing climate. Diversity and Distributions 25:626-643.

    Fiedler, P.C., Redfern, J.V., Forney, K.A., Palacios, D.M., Sheredy, C., Rasmussen, K., García-Godos, I., Santillán, L., Tetley, M.J., Félix, F., Ballance, L.T., 2018. Prediction of large whale distributions: a comparison of presence–absence and presence-only modeling techniques. Frontiers in Marine Science 5: 1-15.

    Moore, T.J., Redfern, J.V., Carver, M., Hastings, S., Adams, J.D., Silber, G.K., 2018. Exploring ship traffic variability off California. Ocean & Coastal Management 163: 515-527.

    Redfern, J.V., Moore, T.J., Fiedler, P.C., de Vos, A., Brownell, R.L., Forney, K.A., Becker, E.A. & Ballance, L.T. 2017 Predicting cetacean distributions in data-poor marine ecosystems. Diversity and Distributions 23: 394-408.

    Redfern, J.V., Hatch, L.T., Caldow, C., DeAngelis, M.L., Gedamke, J., Hastings, S., Henderson, L., McKenna, M.F., Moore, T.J. & Porter, M.B. 2017. Assessing the risk of chronic shipping noise to baleen whales off Southern California, USA. Endangered Species Research 32: 153-167.

    Edwards, E. F., C. Hall, T. J. Moore, C. Sheredy, and J. V. Redfern. 2015. Global distribution of fin whales Balaenoptera physalus in the post-whaling era (1980–2012). Mammal Review 45:197-214.

    Redfern, J. V., M. F. McKenna, T. J. Moore, J. Calambokidis, M. L. DeAngelis, E. A. Becker, J. Barlow, K. A. Forney, P. C. Fiedler, and S. J. Chivers. 2013. Assessing the risk of ships striking large whales in marine spatial planning. Conservation Biology 27:292-302.

    Becker, E. A., D. G. Foley, K. A. Forney, J. Barlow, J. V. Redfern, and C. L. Gentemann. 2012. Forecasting cetacean abundance patterns to enhance management decisions. Endangered Species Research 16:97-112.

    Redfern, J. V., M. C. Ferguson, E. A. Becker, K. D. Hyrenbach, C. Good, J. Barlow, K. Kaschner, M. F. Baumgartner, K. A. Forney, L. T. Ballance, P. Fauchald, P. Halpin, T. Hamazaki, A.J. Pershing, S.S. Qian, A. Read, S.B. Reilly, L. Torres, and F. Werner. 2006. Techniques for cetacean-habitat modeling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 310:271-295.

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