Erica S. Nielsen

Selected Publications

We found that four different genetic metrics selected approximately similar conservation‐priority areas, and that fewer priority areas were selected for conservation plans based solely on habitat data than on plans including habitat and genetic data. Largely, our results suggest that multispecies genetic conservation objectives are vital to creating protected‐area networks that appropriately preserve community‐level evolutionary patterns.
In Conservation Biology, 2017

Recent Publications

. Distinct interspecific and intraspecific vulnerability of coastal species to global change. In Glob Change Biol, 2021.

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. Multi-model seascape genomics identifies distinct environmental drivers of selection among sympatric marine species. In BMC Evol Biol, 2020.

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. Complex signatures of genomic variation of two non-model marine species in a homogeneous environment. In BMC Genomics, 2018.

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. Multispecies genetic objectives in spatial conservation planning. In Conservation Biology, 2017.

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Hershel the Horseshoe crab

Science communication meets piñata art!

Frontiers for Young Minds article

What is Genetic Diversity and Why Does it Matter?

The Conversation article

Science communication article on species’ responses to marine heatwaves

ICCB 2021 Talk

My presentation at the 2021 International Congress for Conservation Biology

GeeklyEDU Biology Videos

University level videos explaining biology snippets

IMCC6 Talk

My presentation at the 2020 International Marine Conservation Congress

TalkClimate2Me questions

Questions to sparks climate change conversations

My Dance Your PhD Entry!

My video entry for the 2020 ‘Dance Your PhD’ contest

Youth 4 Conservation

My video entry for the Conservation Symposium’s Youth4Conservation award

Get Genetic With It

My entry to the 2019 Evolution Film Contest

A Sustainable Future

Thoughts, musings, and music about sustainability


A case for habitat representation in 21st century conservation planning

Women in STEM

Girls just want to have FUN-ding for scientific research.


Courses in which I aided teaching at Stellenbosch University:

  • Cell Biology (1st year course)
  • Functional Biology (1st year course)
  • Evolutionary Patterns & Processes (3rd year course)
  • Ecology Field Course (3rd year course)
  • Population genomics in R (Honours practical session)
  • Science Communication (Honours short course)