Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett

Research Associate and Senior Environmental Scientist, Bodega Marine Lab

Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett completed her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and two post-doctoral fellowships one at U.C. Santa Cruz’s,Institute of Marine Science and the other at the U. Washington’s, Friday Harbor Labs. Dr. Rogers-Bennett is a Research Associate with the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California, Davis and a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Marine Region. She is based at the UC Davis, Bodega Marine Lab where she leads a team investigating marine ecosystem health and invertebrate populations, fishery management and marine conservation in a changing ocean climate. To do this work they use an interdisciplinary approach combining field, laboratory and quantitative modeling to examine questions related to wildlife health, ecosystem tipping points, marine conservation biology, fisheries sustainability and climate change. She has over 50 scientific publications and 10 book chapters on marine issues. She is also a co-PI working on the restoration of the critically endangered white abalone in California. She established a 20-year underwater marine ecosystem monitoring program and has documented the impacts of climate change and the massive marine heatwave of 2014-2015 on kelp forests and abalone resources in northern California.  

 Bodega Marine Lab website: submerg.org


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They are also home to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the Natural Reserve System, and the Bodega Marine Laboratory.

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