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Michael Beakes, Ph.D.

SENIOR BIOLOGIST
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA

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Michael Beakes, Ph.D. Dr. Beakes joined Cramer Fish Sciences in April, 2016 and brings over 12 years of research experience and a strong combination of field-based and quantitative research experience to the team. By coupling field data with quantitative modelling techniques Dr. Beakes aids our team's ability to advance fisheries science by improving our understanding of how stream and river ecosystems function and how best to manage them.

Responsibilities: Dr. Beakes' primary role at Cramer Fish Sciences as a senior biologist out of the West Sacramento office is to develop, coordinate, and implement a broad range of habitat restoration projects and monitoring throughout the California Central Valley.

Background: Dr. Beakes received a BSc in Biology with an emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management from Northern Arizona University in 2002, and received his Ph.D. in Biology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada in 2014. While at SFU Dr. Beakes' research was focused on examining the dynamics of large-scale natural and anthropogenic disturbance in stream and river ecosystems across large spatiotemporal scales. For example, Dr. Beakes' research experience includes studies on the effects of wildfire on stream temperatures and food webs in a small California coastal watershed, flow regulation on California Central Valley rivers, salmon life-cycle models and habitat capacity in California and Washington state, and climate change on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada.

Personal: Dr. Beakes' career pursuits in fisheries science stem from a love of fishing and experiencing the outdoors. Out of the office Dr. Beakes is often found with friends and family hiking, camping, and fly fishing among numerous other outdoor activities.

"Work feels a lot less like 'work' when you love what you do!"



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