Amanda Demopoulos, Ph.D.



Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, Department of Oceanography, UH Manoa, August 2004
Thesis Title: “Aliens in Paradise: a comparative assessment of introduced and native mangrove benthic community composition, food-web structure, and litter-fall production” 
Advisor: Craig R. Smith      

M.S., Biological Oceanography, Department of Oceanography, UH Manoa, December 2000      
Thesis Title: “Evaluation of excess 234Th activity in sediments as an indicator of food quality for deep-sea deposit feeders"
Advisor: Craig R. Smith          

B.S., Oceanography-Biological emphasis (Minor: Chemistry), College of Oceanography, University of Washington, June 1996            


Amanda Demopoulos' research program spans from coastal wetlands to deep-sea environments, where she examines benthic invertebrate community structure and function, including food webs, and impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on benthic ecosystem health. Demopoulos is a principal investigator within the USGS Lophelia II project and chief scientist for the USGS Mid-Atlantic Canyons OCS project, and both projects fall under the USGS DISCOVRE program.

Research interests include: Biodiversity, community ecology, and food-web structure of benthic communities; Coastal wetlands ecology and restoration; Consequences of species invasion to ecosystem health; Impacts of climate change (e.g., increased storm severity, sea-level rise) on coastal ecosystem function; Animal-plant-sediment-geochemical interactions; Life histories and dispersal of marine invertebrates; Patterns of recruitment and succession of benthic invertebrates; Fate of terrestrial and marine organic matter inputs through nearshore food webs and ecosystems.      


Professional Experience

2007-Present             Research Ecologist (Benthic), US Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, Gainesville, FL.

2004-2006                   Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

2004-2005                   Co-Investigator, Typhoon impact assessment on mangrove ecosystems, UCSD, UH Manoa.

2003-2004                   Sea Grant Research Trainee, UH Manoa.

2002                              Co-Investigator, Micronesian Mangrove Habitat Assessment, USDA Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry and UH Manoa.

1999-2004                   Graduate Research Assistant-Lead Scientist, Hawaiian mangrove research program, Sea Grant, UH Manoa.

1999-2003                   Graduate Research Fellow-Lead Scientist, NOAA/National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), Puerto Rico.

1997-1999                   Graduate Research Assistant, Age Dependent Mixing in Deep-Sea Sediments Program, NSF, UH Manoa.

1996                              Research Student, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), SIO, UCSD.      

Teaching and Advising

2007-present           Courtesy Assistant Professor, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida

2006                            Lecturer, Life in the Ocean (ENVI 121), Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies, University of San Diego.

2005                            Advisor, Erin Mullen, UC LEADS Program, UCSD.

1999-2006                 Invited Lecturer, Benthic Ecology (OCE 628-2-3 lectures/labs per annum), UH Manoa. Designed and presented course lectures and labs on mangrove ecology and invasion biology.

2004                            Invited Lecturer, Communication of Research Results (OCN 490), Dept. of Oceanography, UH Manoa

2003                            Co-instructor, Benthic Ecology (OCE 628-taught 50 % of the course) Lectured and discussed topics on benthic feeding and dispersal modes, community patterns, data manipulation, environmental sampling, pollution gradients, zonation and biogeography, mangrove ecology and invasion biology. Students participated in discussion sessions relating to above topics.

2003-2006                 Co-Supervisor, Bryan Nakahara, M.S. Student, Dept. of Oceanography, UH Manoa

2002-2003                 Co-Advisor, Kauaoa Fraiola, University of Hawaii-Hawaiian Internship Program (UH-HIP), UH Manoa.    

2001                            Co-Advisor, Lauren Crawford, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, UH Manoa

1999-2004                 Supervisor, undergraduate laboratory and field technicians, UH Manoa

1999                            Co-Advisor, Mikhail Blikshteyn, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, UH Manoa            

Research Cruises

Accumulated 360 days of ship time, including 10 submersible dives.    

Oct 2013         Nautilus/Hercules ROV; Puerto Rico marine hazards, seamounts- 15 days

Aug 2013        Okeanos Explorer/D2 ROV; NE US Atlantic Canyons, Seamount – 18 days

June 2013      Nautilus/Hercules ROV; Deep-sea Coral Communities, Oil-Spill Impacts-14  days

May 2013        Ron Brown/Jason II ROV; Deep-sea Coral Communities, Atlantic Canyons-28 days

Aug/Sept 2012 Nancy Foster/Kraken ROV, Deep-sea Coral Communities, Atlantic Canyons-30 days

Oct/Nov2011  Holiday Chouest; Deep-sea Coral Communities-Oil Spill Impact-21 days

Dec. 2010        Atlantis/Alvin HUV; Deep-sea Communities-Oil Spill Impact – 9 days

Oct/Nov 2010 Ron Brown/Jason II ROV; Deep-Coral Communities, Gulf of Mexico – 21 days

Sept/Oct 2010 Cape Hatteras/Kraken ROV, Deep-sea Coral Communities, Gulf of Mexico – 13 days

Jul/Aug 2010 Chief Scientist, Nancy Foster/Global Explorer ROV; Deep-Coral Communities, GOM-18 days

Dec. 2009        Cape Hatteras, Deep-sea Coral Communities, SEUS, Cape Lookout – 9 days

Sept. 2009       Seward Johnson/Johnson Sea Link; Deep-Coral Communities, Gulf of Mexico-12 days

Aug./Sept. 2009    Ron Brown/Jason II ROV; Deep-Coral Communities, Gulf of Mexico – 25 days

Aug. 2009       Seward Johnson/Johnson Sea Link, Deep-Coral Communities, SEUS, Cape Canaveral – 12 days

Oct. 2008        Nancy Foster/SeaEYE Falcon DR ROV; Deep-Coral Communities, Gulf of Mexico – 18 days, collected sediment push cores located in proximity to deep-coral community.

Aug. 2007       Cape Hatteras; Chemosynthetic Communities, Gulf of Mexico – 21 days, collected organisms, sediments and hard substrates associated with seep communities.

Nov. 1999       Lawrence Gould; Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula – 22 days, sampled Antarctic shelf for benthic fauna and sediments for chemical analysis.

Oct. 1999        Atlantis/DSV Alvin; Southern California Borderland Basins – 7 days, collected organisms and sediments associated with organic food falls (e.g., dead whales), using sediment corers and submersible.

July 1998         Atlantis/DSV Alvin; Juan de Fuca Hydrothermal Vents – 19 days, sampled bacteria, other microorganisms associated with hydrothermal vents and ODP bore holes.

June 1998        Atlantis/DSV Alvin; Southern California Borderland Basins – 7 days, collected organisms and sediments associated with organic food falls.

April 1998       New Horizon; Southern California Borderland Basins – 8 days, collected sediments for macro- and meiobenthos, Th-234 analysis, and various sediment parameters for food quality assessment using multiple corer, box corer, and sediment collections.

Aug. 1997       Atlantis/DSV Alvin; Santa Catalina Basin – 5 days, sampled deep-sea sediment for benthos, Th-234 analysis, various sediment parameters for food quality assessment.  

June 1997        New Horizon; Southern California Borderland Basins – 8 days, sampled deep-sea sediment benthic organisms and various sediment parameters for food quality assessment. 

Professional Memberships

2004-2013       American Association for the Advancement of Science

2003-2013       Ecological Society of America

2002-2013       American Society of Limnology & Oceanography

2002-2013       Estuarine Research Federation

2002-2003       UH Commission on the Status of Women-Substitute Graduate Student Representative

1997-2004       Oceanography Department Graduate Student Organization, UH Manoa (1998-1999 President)

1995-1996       Women in Oceanography, University of Washington