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James Becker

James Becker

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Jim Becker is a senior research scientist and has worked with Battelle for the past 16 years, in which he has been involved in environmental activities based in Washington State, USA (14 years), and in Europe (Geneva, Switzerland) (2 years). He provides expertise for NEPA analyses and ESA assessments, biological monitoring of amphibians and ecological risk assessments. He works for the restoration of damaged habitats and habitat enhancement. He mentors student researchers who are interested in animal biology.

Research Interests

  • Environmental impact analysis, - assessing the impacts of human disturbance on biological systems for regulatory compliance
  • Ecological risk assessment
  • Amphibian ecology in regulated river environments
  • Avian and bat ecology and conservation

Education and Credentials

  • M.S. Wildlife Science, University of Washington. 1989.
  • B.S. Range and Wildlife Science, Minor German, Brigham Young University, 1987
  • German Academic Exchange Service Wildlife Research Associate, University of Munich, Germany, 1990-1991

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Manuscript reviewer for the Wildlife Society Bulletin
  • Wildlife Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (1990-1991)

PNNL Publications



  • Duncan J.P., M.R. Sackschewsky, H.T. Tilden, T.W. Moon, J.M. Barnett, B.G. Fritz, and G.A. Stoetzel, et al. 2016. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Annual Site Environmental Report for Calendar Year 2015. PNNL-25738. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.









  • Becker J.M., and C.A. McKinstry. 2004. "Response of winter birds to soil remediation along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site." Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 93, no. 1-3:277-286. PNNL-SA-40986.


  • Becker J.M., C.S. Abernethy, and D.D. Dauble. 2003. "Identifying the Effects on Fish of Changes in Water Pressure during Turbine Passage." Hydro Review 22, no. 5:32-42. PNNL-SA-37872.


  • Becker J.M. 2002. "Response of wintering bald eagles to industrial construction in southeastern Washington." Wildlife Society Bulletin 30, no. (3):875-878. PNNL-SA-37594.
  • Brandt C.A., J.M. Becker, and A.C. Porta. 2002. "Distribution of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils and Terrestrial Biota After a Spill of Crude Oil in Trecate, Italy." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 21, no. 8:1638-1643. PNNL-SA-34726.


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