Becca Gentry

PhD Candidate, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Becca’s research focuses on ecological questions related to marine aquaculture development, specifically in relation to spatial management, food security, and interactions between aquaculture, fisheries, and conservation.  Becca’s dissertation focuses on the potential for marine aquaculture development and the constraints (both ecological and socio-economic) that may limit development.  Additionally, she is involved in research to investigate how marine offshore aquaculture can best be integrated into spatial management of the oceans, considering its impact on other uses of the environment and its effect on marine ecosystems.  Before starting her PhD, Becca worked in fisheries and aquaculture policy at the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and at the California Ocean Science Trust.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and Master’s Degrees from Columbia University.  



  • Dee, L. E., Miller, S. J., Peavey, L. E., Bradley, D., Gentry, R. R., Startz, R., Gaines, S. D., and Lester, S. E. (2016) Functional diversity of catch mitigates negative effects of temperature variability on fisheries yields. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Vol. 283. No. 1836.
  • Froehlich, H.E., Gentry, R.R., and Halpern, B.S. (2016) Synthesis and comparative analysis of physiological tolerance and life-history growth traits of marine aquaculture species.  Aquaculture. 460: 75-82
  • Aceves Bueno, E., Adelye, A.S., Bradley, D., Brandt, W., Callery, P., Feraud, M., Garner, K., Gentry, R., Huang, Y., McCullough, I., Pearlman, I., Sutherland, S., Wilkinson, W., Yang, Y., Zink, T., Anderson, S., Tague, C. (2015) Citizen Science as an approach for overcoming insufficient monitoring and inadequate stakeholder buy-in in adaptive management: Criteria and evidence.  Ecosystems. 18: 493-506
  • Tiller, R., Gentry, R., Richards, R. (2013) Stakeholder driven future scenarios as an element of interdisciplinary management tools: The case of future offshore aquaculture development and the potential effects on fishermen in Santa Barbara, California.  Ocean and Coastal Management.  73: 127-135
  • Gabe, J. and Gentry, R. Government. (2013)  In Vale R. and Vale B.  Living within a Fair Share Ecological Footprint.  London: Routledge.