Ph.D. Ecological Sciences - Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA, 23529
Dissertation: Evaluation of fish scale chemistry for determining habitat associations.
M.S. Biological Sciences - Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 23529.
Thesis: The reproductive biology of Chesapeake Bay black drum, Pogonias cromis, with an assessment of fixatives and stains for histological examination of teleost ovaries.
B.S. Forestry and Wildlife, Fisheries Science - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU), Blacksburg, VA, 24061.
Beakes, M.P., S. Sharron, R. Charish, J.W. Moore, W.H. Satterthwaite, E. Sturm, B.K. Wells, S.M. Sogard, and M. Mangel. In press. Using scale characteristics and water temperature to reconstruct growth rates of juvenile steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss. Journal of Fish Biology.
Woodson, L., B.K. Wells, P. Weber, R.B. MacFarlane, G Whitman, and R.C. Johnson. 2013. Growth, size, and origin-dependent mortality of juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha during early ocean residence. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 163-175.
Satterthwaite, W.H., M.S. Mohr, M.R. O’Farrell and B.K. Wells. 2013. A comparison of temporal patterns in the ocean spatial distribution of California’s Central Valley Chinook salmon runs. Canadian Journal of Fisheries Science. 70:574-584.
Santora, J.A, W.J. Sydeman, M. Messie, F. Chai, Y. Chao, S.A. Thompson, B.K. Wells, and F. Chavez. 2013. Triple check: Observations verify structural realism of an ocean ecosystem model. Geophysical Research Letters. 40:1367-1372.
Schroeder, I.D., E. Hazen, B.A. Black, S.J. Bograd, W.J. Sydeman, J. Santora, and B.K. Wells. 2013. The North Pacific High and wintertime pre-conditioning of California Current productivity. Geophysical Research Letters. 40:541-546.
Woodson, L.E., B.K. Wells, C.B. Grimes, R.P. Franks, J.A. Santora, and M.H. Carr. 2013. Water and otolith chemistry identify exposure of juvenile rockfish to upwelled waters in an open coastal system. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 473:261-273.
Santora J., J.C. Field, I.D. Schroeder, K.M. Sakuma., B.K. Wells, and W.J. Sydeman. 2012. Spatial ecology of krill, micronekton and top predators in the central California Current: Implications for defining ecologically important areas. Progress in Oceanography. 106:154-174.
Huff, D.D., S.T. Lindley, B.K. Wells, and F. Chai. 2012. Green sturgeon distribution in the Pacific Ocean estimated from modeled oceanographic features and migration behavior. Public Library of Science One. 7:e45852.
Wells, B.K., J.A. Santora, J.C. Field, R.B. MacFarlane, B.B. Marinovic, and W.J. Sydeman. 2012. Population dynamics of Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha relative to prey availability in the central California coastal region. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 457:125-137.
Santora, J.A., W.J. Sydeman, I.D. Schroeder, C.S. Reiss, B.K. Wells, J.C. Field, A.M. Cossio, and V.J. Loeb. 2012. Krill Space: A comparative assessment of mesoscale structuring in polar and temperate marine ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 69:1317-1327.
Satterthwaite W.H., M.S. Mohr, and B.K. Wells. 2012. A Bayesian hierarchical model of size at age in ocean-harvested stocks – quantifying effects of climate and temporal variability. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 69:942-954.
Hayes, S.A., M.H. Bond, B.K. Wells, C.V. Hanson, A.W. Jones, and R.B. MacFarlane. 2011. Using archival tags to infer habitat use of central California steelhead and coho salmon. In Advances in Fish Tagging and Marking Technology. American Fisheries Society Symposium. 76:471-492.
Santora, J.A., W.J. Sydeman, I.D. Schroeder, B.K. Wells, J.C. Field. 2011. Mesoscale structure and oceanographic determinants of krill hotspots in the California Current: Implications for trophic transfer and conservation. Progress in Oceanography. 91:397-409.
Black, B. I.D. Schroeder, W.J. Sydeman, S.J. Bograd, B.K. Wells and F.B. Schwing. 2011. Winter and summer upwelling modes and their biological relevance in the California Current Ecosystem. Global Change Biology. 17:2536-2545.
Sydeman, W.J., SA Thompson, J.A. Santora, K.L. Mills, D.F. Bertram, K.H. Morgan, M.A. Hipfner, B.K. Wells, and S.G. Wolf. 2009. Seabirds and climate in the California Current - A synthesis of Change. CalCOFI Reports 82-106
Wells, B.K., J. Field, J. Thayer, C. Grimes, S. Bograd, W. Sydeman, F. Schwing, and R. Hewitt. 2008. Untangling the relationships among climate, prey, and top predators in an ocean ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 364:15-29
Elsdon, T.S., B.K. Wells, S.E. Campana, B.M. Gillanders, C.M. Jones, K.E. Limburg, D.H. Secor, S.R. Thorrold and B.D. Walther. 2008. Otolith chemistry to describe movements and life-history parameters of fishes: hypotheses, assumptions, limitations, and inferences. Oceanography and Marine Biology Annual Review 46:297-330.
Wells, B.K., C.B. Grimes, J.G. Sneva, S. McPherson, and J.B. Waldvogel. 2008. Relationships between oceanic conditions and growth of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from Alaska, Washington, and California, USA. Fisheries Oceanography, 17:101-125
Wells, B.K., C.B. Grimes, and J.B. Waldvogel. 2007. Quantifying the effects of wind, upwelling, curl, turbulence, and sea surface temperature on growth and maturation of a California Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) population. Fisheries Oceanography 16:363-382
Jiang, H., K.H. Pollock, C. Brownie, J.M. Hoenig, R.J. Latour, B.K. Wells, J. Hightower, and W.S. Hearn. 2007. Tag return models for catch-and-release fisheries: striped bass natural mortality estimates change with age and calendar year. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 27:387-396
Wells, B.K., C.B. Grimes, J.C. Field, and C.S. Reiss. 2006. Covariation between the average lengths of mature coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and the ocean environment. Fisheries Oceanography. 15:67-79.
Wells, B.K., K.D. Friedland, and L. M. Clarke. 2003. Increment patterns in otoliths and scales from mature Atlantic salmon Salmo salar. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 262:293-298.
Wells, B. K., S. R. Thorrold, and C. M. Jones. 2003. Stability of elemental signatures in the scales of spawning weakfish, Cynoscion regalis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 60:361-369.
Wells, B. K., B. E. Rieman, J. L., J. L. Clayton, D. Horan, and C. M. Jones. 2003. Relationships between water, otolith, and scale chemistries of westslope cutthroat trout from the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho: the potential application of hard-part chemistry to describe movements in fresh water. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 132:409-424.
Wells, B. K. and C. M. Jones. 2002. Reproduction of black drum, Pogonias cromis, in the Chesapeake Bay region. Virginia Journal of Science. 33:3-11.
Jones, C. M. and B. K. Wells. 2001. Yield-per-recruit analysis for black drum, Pogonias cromis, along the East Coast of the U.S. and management strategies for the Chesapeake Bay. Fishery Bulletin. 99:328-337.
Wells, B. K., G. E. Bath, S. R. Thorrold, and C. M. Jones. 2000. Incorporation of strontium, cadmium, and barium in juvenile spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) scales reflects water chemistry. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 57: 2122-2129.
Wells, B. K., S. R. Thorrold, and C. M. Jones. 2000. Geographic variation in elemental signatures of weakfish scales. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 129: 889-900.
Jones, C. M. and B. Wells. 1998. Age, growth, and mortality of black drum. Pogonias cromis, in the Chesapeake Bay. Fishery Bulletin 96: 451-461.
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