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Bonnie Becker
(Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology)
Email: bjbecker @ u.washington.edu
Phone: (253) 692-4546
Address: Bonnie J. Becker
Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology
University of Washington Tacoma
Box 358436
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA, 98402-3100
Current Research: For my dissertation I am using pollution and temperature signals found in California mussel shells collected on Point Loma, San Diego. The purpose of my work is to determine the source of mussel juveniles entering a small marine reserve (Cabrillo National Monument) located at the tip of Point Loma. I hypothesize that the Point Loma Kelp Forest acts as a barrier to water motion and therefore acts to keep Point Loma mussel larvae on Point Loma and larvae from elsewhere out of the area.
Other Research Interests: I am interested in scientifically-informed design of marine reserves and the role of integrative oceanography in determining the degree of connectedness between marine populations. I am also the marine biologist for Cabrillo National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service. I conduct ecological monitoring, design and implement research programs to address monitoring results, and make science-based policy recommendations to park managers.
Education: State University of New York at Stony Brook; Marine Sciences Research Center; Graduate courses in Marine Environmental Science taken from Spring 1996 through Spring 1997. Advisor: Dr. Edward J. Carpenter, Harvard University; Cum Laude B.A. degree in biology received June, 1995. Advisor: Dr. James J. McCarthy.
Professional Experience: Marine Biologist for the National Park Service ,Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, Summer 1998 to present. Marine Biologist for Kinnetic Laboratories Inc. Marine environmental consulting firm in Santa Cruz, Fall 1997 to Summer 1998. Remote Sensing Fellow for NASA, Maryland SeaGrant College Park, Summer 1997. Marine Biologist for the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments, conservation project in Madagascar, Fall 1995 through Fall 1996. Fellow and Research Assistant for the Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook Summers 1994 and 1995, Fall 1996 to Fall 1997. Environmental Education Intern for the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Sea Camp, Environmental education center in the Florida Keys, Summer through Winter 1995.
Downloads: Download Becker et. al. 2005

Cabrillo National Monument tidepool area

Long-term ecological monitoring at Cabrillo

Mytilus californianus

A newly-settled M. californianus

Point Loma, California

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