MEB Faculty

Gerald Bakus

Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5790
Office: AHF B4A

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A. Biology, Montana State University, 6/1957
  • Ph.D. Zoology (marine), University of Washington, 6/1962

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Professor of Biology, USC, 09/01/1962-  

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Staff Officer - Biology & Agriculture, National Academy of Sciences, 1974-1975   

    Other Employment
    • Chief Biologist, Tetra Tech - Pasadena, CA, 09/01/1976-05/01/1979  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    1. Travel to Santa Catalina Island, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico to obtain photos and data for books in progress. 2. Sponges of Madang,Papua New Guinea.
    Research Keywords
    Ecology, quantitative biology, marine sponges.

    Other Research

    • Natural history of Santa Catalina Island, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon. ; research on the systematics of marine sponges from the Madang region, Papua New Guinea, 2009-2010   


    • Bakus, G. J. (2011). Natural History of California. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press.
    • Bakus, G. J. (2011). Natural History of Santa Catalina Island. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press.
    • Bakus, G. J. (2007). Quantitative Analysis of Marine Biological Communities. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

    Journal Article
    • Bakus, G. J., 11 co-authors, 1. (2007). A comparison of some population density sampling techniques for biodiversity, conservation, and environmental impact studies. Biodiversity and Conservation. Vol. 16, pp. 2445-2455.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Multimedia and Movies, 1. Natural history of California (multimedia) 2. Patagonia - natural history (movie), 2006-2007   


    Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students
    • Numerous letters of recommendation for medical, dental, and pharmacy schools and summer programs, 2010-2011   
    • BISC 490 (2 units) Directed research project for Manny Meza (senior in BISC). This was done at the request by Prof. Herrera, Spring 2010   

    Service to the University

    Other Service to the University
    • 1. Hosted Dr. Sim (Korea) January 10-11. 2. Invited to be an Editor for the Journal of Biotechnology and Biomaterials. OMFCS Publ. Group, Westlake, Los Angeles. , 2010-2011   
    • BISC 193. Freshman Colloquim. Research Activities. Sept., Fall 2010   

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Invited to be an Editor, Biotechnology and Biomaterials, 2010-  
    • U.S. Editor, Korean Journal of Systematic Zoology, 2009-2010   

    Other Service to the Profession
    • Gave talks on the biology of Iceland on a cruise ship Le Boreal in Iceland. Sponsored by the USC Travel Office., 07/25/2010-08/05/2010  
    • Trained Dr. Kyung Jin Lee from Han Nam University, S. Korea, for one year. Ecology and marine sponges., 2006-2007   

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371