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Amanda Demopoulos, Ph.D.

I lead the USGS DEEP SEARCH Project, jointly funded by the Environments Program, BOEM, and the NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Scientists involved in the project stem from 5 USGS science centers, academic institutions, and NOAA. Complex deep-sea environments, including corals, sponges, and chemosynthetic systems require interdisciplinary science to untangle what makes them tick.


Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, Department of Oceanography, UH Manoa, August 2004

M.S., Biological Oceanography, Department of Oceanography, UH Manoa, December 2000           

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


My research program spans from coastal wetlands to deep-sea environments, where I examine benthic invertebrate community structure and function, including food webs, and impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on benthic ecosystem health. 


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

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.

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.        

Research Cruises

Accumulated ~580 days of ship time, including 14 submersible dives.    


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