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  • Adam, T., D. Burkepile, B. Ruttenberg and M. Paddack. 2015. Herbivory and the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 520: 1-20.

  • Adam, T., M. Kelley, B. Ruttenberg and D. Burkepile. 2015. Resource partitioning along multiple niche axes drives functional diversity in parrotfishes on Caribbean coral reefs. Oecologia 179: 1173-1185.

  • Ruttenberg, B.I. and S.E. Lester. 2015. Patterns and processes in geographic range size in coral reef fishes. In Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs, edited by C. Mora. Cambridge: Academic Press.

  • Ault, J., S. Smith, J. Bohnsack, J. Luo, N. Zurcher, D. McClellan, T. Ziegler, D. Hallac, M. Patterson, M. Feeley, B.I. Ruttenberg, J. Hunt, D. Kimball and B. Causey. 2013. Assessing coral reef fish population and community changes in response to marine reserves in the Dry Tortugas, Florida, USA. Fisheries Research 144: 28-37.

  • Ruttenberg, B., P. Schofield, J. Akins, A. Acosta, M. Feeley, J. Blondeau, S. Smith and J. Ault. 2012. RAPID INVASION OF INDO-PACIFIC LIONFISHES (PTEROIS VOLITANS AND PTEROIS MILES) IN THE FLORIDA KEYS, USA. Bulletin of Marine Science 88: 1051-1059.

  • Brandt, M., B. Ruttenberg, R. Waara, J. Miller, B. Witcher, A. Estep and M. Patterson. 2012. Dynamics of an acute coral disease outbreak associated with the macroalgae Dictyota spp. in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA. Bulletin of Marine Science 88: 1035-1050.

  • Ruttenberg, B., P. Schofield, J. Akins, A. Acosta, M. Feeley, J. Blondeau, S. Smith and J. Ault. 2012. Rapid invasion of Indo Pacific lionfishes (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) in the Florida Keys, USA: evidence from multiple pre- and post-invasion datasets. Bulletin of Marine Science 88: 1051-1059.

  • Ruttenberg, B., S. Hamilton, S. Walsh, M. Donovan, A. Friedlander, E. DeMartini, E. Sala and S. Sandin. 2011. Predator-Induced Demographic Shifts in Coral Reef Fish Assemblages. PLoS ONE 6: 1-9.

  • Ruttenberg, B. and E. Granek. 2011. Bridging the marine-terrestrial disconnect to improve marine coastal zone science and management. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 203-212.

  • Lester, S., B. Halpern, K. Grorud-Colvert, J. Lubchenco, B. Ruttenberg, S. Gaines, S. Airame and R. Warner. 2009. Biological effects within no-take marine reserves. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 33-46.

  • Granek, E. and B. Ruttenberg. 2008. Changes in biotic and abiotic processes following mangrove clearing. Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science 80: 555-562.

  • Ruttenberg, B., S. Hamilton and R. Warner. 2008. Spatial and temporal variation in the natal otolith chemistry of a Hawaiian reef fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 65: 1181-1192.

  • Lester, S., B. Ruttenberg, S. Gaines and B. Kinlan. 2007. REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS. Ecology Letters 10: 745.

  • White, J. and B. Ruttenberg. 2007. Discriminant function analysis in marine ecology. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 301-305.

  • Granek, E. and B. Ruttenberg. 2007. Protective capacity of mangroves during tropical storms. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 101-105.

  • Ruttenberg, B. 2006. Causes and consequences of geographical variation in demography and larval exchange in reef fishes. .

  • Ruttenberg, B. and R. Warner. 2006. Spatial variation in the chemical composition of natal otoliths from a reef fish in the Galapagos Islands. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 225-236.

  • Ruttenberg, B., A. Haupt, A. Chiriboga and R. Warner. 2005. Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Regional Variation in the Ecology and Life History of a Reef Fish. Oecologia 145: 394-403.

  • Lester, S.E. and B.I. Ruttenberg. 2005. relationship between pelagic larval duration and range size in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences Series B 272: 585-591.

  • Ruttenberg, B., S. Hamilton, M. Hickford, G. Paradis, M. Sheehy, J. Standish, O. Ben-Tzvi and R. Warner. 2005. Elevated levels of trace elements in cores of otoliths and their potential for use as natural tags. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 273-281.

  • Victor, B., G. Wellington, D. Robertson and B. Ruttenberg. 2001. effect of the El NinoSouthern Oscillation event on the distribution of reef-associated labrid fishes in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Bulletin of Marine Science 69: 279-288.

  • Ruttenberg, B. 2001. Effects of Artisanal Fishing on Marine Communities in the Galápagos Islands. Conservation Biology 15: 1691-1699.

  • Ruttenberg, B. 2000. unusual pulse in recruitment of two reef fishes in the Galapagos Islands coincident with the 19971998 El Nino. Bulletin of Marine Science 67: 869-874.

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Educational Background

  • 2006 – Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (Marine Ecology)

  • 1999 – M.S., Yale Univeristy School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Ecology)

  • 1994 – B.A., Tufts University ()

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  • Scenarios for replacing conventional energy with offshore renewable generation facilities along the Central California Coast of California from Morro Bay to Point Conception

  • Impacts of fishing on parrotfish grazing in St. Croix, USVI

  • Quantifying corallivory by parrotfishes: species-specific preferences and impacts on threatened corals

  • A Reconstructed Boat Landing for California Polytechnic State University’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences Pier Facility

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Positions & Honors

  • 2013-present – Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

  • 2009-2013 – Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries, Miami, FL

  • 2008-2009 – Marine Ecologist, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring, Miami, FL

  • 2007-2008 – Postdoc, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • 2006-2008 – Project Director, Science of Marine Reserves in Latin America and the Caribbean, Oregon State University

  • 2006-2007 – Postdoc, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Mexico

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