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James J Willacker, Jr.

I am an Ecologist specializing in aquatic and trophic ecology at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, OR

I am broadly interested in aquatic ecology and in particular the application of trophic ecology to questions of ecotoxicology, evolution, physiology, and conservation biology. My current research focuses on understanding the interplay among ecological, biogeochemical, and physiological processes that govern contaminant accumulation in biota, particularly fishes and other aquatic taxa. My work is also aimed at quantifying ecological risk and toxicological impacts associated with contaminants, particularly mercury.

Professional Experience

  • 2013 - Present: Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR

  • 2009 - 2013: Doctoral Researcher, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

  • 2009 - 2012: Instructor, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, AK

  • 2007 - 2009: Aquatic Ecologist, Environmental and Natural Resource Institute, Anchorage, AK

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (2013)

  • M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK (2009)

  • B.S., Environmental and Forest Biology- Summa cum laude, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2006)

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award, Environment and Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK. (2011)

  • Valedictorian, SUNY ESF (2007)

  •  University Scholar, SUNY (2007)

  • Faculty Honors, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY ESF (2007)

  • Robin Hood Oak Award, SUNY ESF (2006)

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