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Benjamin J. Atencio
  • Title
    • Staff Research Associate
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Long Marine Lab Ocean Health Building, NMFS
  • Mail Stop NMFS

Biography, Education and Training


A native of Southern California, Ben has traveled far and wide in his pursuit of knowledge. His journey began in earnest at UC Santa Cruz (2009), and Ben is thrilled to return as part of UCSC's staff. His travels include a year long bicycle touring expedition around the Western United States with his partner, where they visited several key watersheds and numerous National Parks to learn more about the state of water and wilderness in the West. Ben also lived in Tromsø, Norway for two years while he studied as a masters student (UiT, 2019).

Ben's work has primarily focused on anadramous salmonids, and with nearly a decade of experience he looks forward to many more years of engaging work with these iconic fish species. His fisheries experience has been with various streams and rivers in Northern California (Point Reyes National Seashore, Klamath River Watershed, Russian River Watershed), but also with salmonids in the Alta River and Alta Fjord in Northern Norway. Ben has experience with many fisheries survey techniques and technologies, including: spawning ground surveys, smolt trapping, snorkel surveys, electro-fishing, acoustic telemetry, PIT tagging and antenna building, DIDSON and ARIS imaging sonars, and video counting stations.

Ben's interest lie in the research and conservation of anadramous salmonids and looks forward to a future where native salmonid populations are robust and healthy.



  • University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway 
    • Master of Science in Biology, specialization in Freshwater Ecology
      • Thesis titled, “The migratory behavior of Atlantic salmon, brown trout, and Arctic charr post-smolts in a Norwegian fjord” 
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology