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.
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.
Accumulated ~580 days of ship time, including 14 submersible dives.
Science and Products
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsDemopoulos, A.W.J., B. Fry., C.R. Smith. 2007. Food-web structure in exotic and native mangroves: a Hawaii-Puerto Rico comparison, Oecologia. 153:675-686.Cordes EE, Berlet SP, Cardman Z, Dannenberg R, Demopoulos AWJ, Georgian SE, King C, McKean DL, Young DM. 2014. Exploring deep-sea coral communities and the effects of oil and gas inputs to the Gulf of Mexico. Oceanography 27(supplement): 28-29. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2014.supplement.01ten Brink, U., D.F. Coleman, J. Chaytor, A.W.J. Demopoulos, R. Armstrong, G. Garcia-Moliner, N.A. Raineault, B. Andrews, R. Chastain, K. Rodrigue, M. Mercier-Gingras. 2014. Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards and Benthic Biology in the Greater Antilles. Oceanography 27(supplement): 34-35. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2014.supplement.01Morrison, C.L., Baco, A.R., Nizinski, M.S., Coykendall, D.K., Demopoulos, A.W.J., Cho, W., Shank, T.M. 2014. Population connectivity of deep-sea corals. In: T.F. Hourigan, P. Etnoyer (Eds). The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States: NOAA Technical Memorandum. Silver Spring, MD. In Press.Demopoulos, A.W.J. and C.R. Smith. 2010. Invasive mangroves alter macrofaunal community structure and facilitate opportunistic exotics. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 404:51-67Fry, B., N. Cormier, and A.W.J. Demopoulos 2009. Adventures in an isotopically ordered world-the chemical ecology of Micronesian mangroves and crabs, Pages 50-56 in N. Yoshida, ed., Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Isotopomers, ISI2008-18, 292 pp.Demopoulos, A.W.J. 2004. Black Mangrove Benthic Community Structure, Seedling Growth and Survival, and Sediment Characteristics in Anthropogenically Disturbed and Pristine Habitats, NOAA/NERR final report, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Puerto Rico.Demopoulos, A.W.J. 2003. Introduced mangroves in the Hawaiian Islands: Their history and impact on Hawaiian coastal ecosystems. In: Global Invasive Species Programme-Invasive Species Report following the conference on the Ecological and Socio-Economic Impacts of Invasive Alien Species on Island Ecosystems.Demopoulos, A.W.J. 2004. Aliens in paradise: a comparative assessment of introduced and native mangrove benthic community composition, food-web structure, and litter-fall production. Ph.D. Thesis. Dept. of Oceanography, University of Hawaii.Smith, C.R. and A.W.J. Demopoulos. 2003. Ecology of the deep Pacific Ocean floor. In: Ecosystems of the World Volume 28: Ecosystems of the Deep Ocean, P.A. Tyler, ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, 569 pp.Demopoulos, A.W.J., C.R. Smith, and P.A. Tyler. 2003. Ecology of the deep Indian Ocean floor. In: Ecosystems of the World Volume 28: Ecosystems of the Deep Ocean, P.A. Tyler, ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam. 569 pp.Demopoulos, A.W.J., C.R. Smith, D.J. DeMaster and W. Fornes. 2003. Evaluation of excess 234Th activity in sediments as an indicator of food quality for deep-sea deposit feeders. J. Mar. Res. 61:267-284.Demopoulos, A.W.J. 2000. Evaluation of excess 234Th activity in sediments as an indicator of food quality for deep-sea deposit feeders, M.S. Thesis. Dept. of Oceanography, University of Hawaii.Levin, L.A., fT.S. Talley, A.A. Larson, A. Jones*. 1997. Faunal composition in the Tijuana River Estuary Intertidal Habitats and the role of life histories in the faunal recovery of Southern California Restored Wetlands. Final Report to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. NOAA Award, No. NA 670R0237. NOAA.Levin, L., D. Talley, T. Talley, A. Larson, A. Jones*, G. Thayer, C. Currin, and C. Lund. 1997. Restoration of Spartina marsh function: An infaunal perspective. Conference Proceedings, Society for Ecological Restoration, 1995 International Conference. Seattle, Washington. Sept. 14-16, 1995.