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Gerald Bakus

Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: bakus@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5790
Office: AHF B4A

Curriculum Vitae


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

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   
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