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Dr. Tom W. Bell III

Assistant Scientist
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Contact Information:
Location: Bigelow 111

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #12
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I use a combination of field and laboratory studies, statistical and mechanistic models, and remote sensing to understand how the abundance and physiology of foundation species are spatially structured by environmental dynamics and biotic interactions. Foundation species structure entire communities, which are often ecologically and economically important, by creating physical habitat and enhancing productivity. Thus, fundamental research which quantifies how a changing environment interacts with foundation species can lead to a greater understanding of the associated community.

Honors, Awards & Societies

  • UCSB GSA Travel Award 2016
  • ERI Travel Award 2013, 2014, 2015
  • IRA Travel Scholarship 2009, 2010, 2011
  • SDSU Farris/EPEF Travel Award 2009, 2010, 2011
  • SDSU Graduate Travel Award 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Jordan D. Covin Memorial Scholarship 2010
  • Mabel Myers Memorial Scholarship 2009
  • Western Society of Naturalists 2009-2021
  • American Geophysical Union 2014-2021
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography 2014-2021
  • European Geosciences Union 2011


Ph.D.: Marine Science, 2016. University of California, Santa Barbara

M.Sc.: Biology/Ecology, 2011. San Diego State University

B.A.: Integrated Biology/Legal Studies, 2006. University of California, Berkley