Anna van Bosse: Ballona Coralline Algae

Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek
Ballona Institute
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Playa del Rey, California 90293
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The discovery of Bossiella is recorded for the Ballona Wetlands at the mouth of the Ballona Creek Estuary. Furthermore, the history of the scientific name, Bossiella, is traced back to Madame Doctor Anna van Bosse, who was born, and lived in Amsterdam, Nederland. Anna van Bosse was an expert on marine algae from around the world and so also encompassing the Pacific coast of North America, including Santa Monica Bay and Ballona Wetlands of Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, California, United States.

Anna van Bosse, a Hollander by birth, was born below sea level in Amsterdam, in 1852, in the province of Holland, in the nation called Nederland. Madame van Bosse became an expert in algae of the oceans of the entire world, and was recognized with an honorary doctorate by a very distinguished dutch univeristy.

During the early 20th Century (1930s), a distinguished biologist named a coralline alga for Dr. van Bosse. This coralline algae occurs on the Pacific coast of North America, with at least 5 species found in California. At least one of these species occurs in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles, California. Having read a little bit about the "life and times" of Madame Anna van Bosse in several biography articles, I have come to the conclusion that her values embraced and supported the wonderful science of ecology and natural history, including sustainability and ecosystems of planet Earth.

The results of this research and restoration article is that the marine coralline alga, known as Bossiella does occur in the Ballona Wetlands within the intertidal zone on rocks with a moderate surge and surf, adequate enough in wave shock so a habitat niche for Bossiella is available. The area where Bossiella occurs is a creatively restored man-made headland at the entrance to the Ballona Creek estuary, simulating nature in a miniature scale not unlike the national park headlands of San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge or the national park headlands at Point Loma at the entrance to San Diego Bay.

The history of natural history of Bossiella and Anna van Bosse shows that the study of natural history has a history and biography and story to tell us about women, other nations, and the 150 year legacy of natural history of marine algae in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, in the state of California, in the nation of the United States.

Until now, no one has conducted a restoration study, natural history investigation, or ecology study on the marine algae in the Ballona Wetlands and the natural history of these magnificent marine organisms and their linkage to the history of natural history.

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