Judith Bakker, PhD (c)

TCC Faculty & Program Director
Coral Reef Ecology

Shark Fisheries & Conservation

School of Environment and Life Sciences
University of Salford-Manchester

PhD Candidate, Environment & Life Sciences
University of Salford-Manchester
MSc, Oceanography and Limnology (cum laude)
University of Amsterdam
BSc, Biomedical Sciences
University of Amsterdam

Research Interests 
My current research interests focus on population genetics, reproductive strategies and critical habitat of sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Corridor (ETPC), in particular those of the scalloped hammerhead shark Sphyrna lewini. The key issue is to provide critical baseline information to inform and improve the development of conservation measures and facilitate targeted conservation, management and sustainable use of shark stocks.

My past research includes the decline of juvenile coral abundance and the recruitment of sea urchins in the Caribbean and the effects of habitat destruction on the home ranges of juvenile lemon sharks in the Bahamas.

Teaching Experience
As a teaching assistant at the University of Amsterdam I have taught in a variety of practical and theoretical courses; Invertebrate and vertebrate anatomy and physiology, Neuro/electro physiology, Learning & Memory, Neuropharmacology, Biological communication, Bachelor thesis, The audiovisual system, Biochemistry, Cell biology, Turning points in the natural sciences and Ecophysiology.

I am also a certified PADI Open Water Scuba instructor and Emergency First Response instructor.

Recent Research Contributions

Vermeij, M.J.A., Debrot, A.O., van der Hal, N., Bakker, J., Bak, R.P.M. (2010)
Increased recruitment rates indicate recovering populations of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum on Curaçao. Bull. Mar. Sci. 86 (3): 719 – 725 (7)

Vermeij, M.J.A., Bakker, J., van der Hal, N., Bak, R.P.M (2011) Juvenile coral
abundance has decreased by more than 50% in only 3 decades on a small Caribbean island. Diversity 3: 296-307

In preparation:
Bakker, J. (2013) An account of the morphology of two non-functional hermaphroditic spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias).