Heather Judkins, PhD

Dr. Heather Judkins is an associate professor in the Integrative Biology department at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg campus.  She received her Bachelors degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, Masters degree in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University and her PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on cephalopods as a model group to examine the evolution, ecology, biogeography, and effects that may have occurred due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Her role in this projects involves any of the molluscs that are collected (cephalopods, pteropods, heteropods) and exploring various questions for each group- including diet studies, life history of various family groups, as well as participating in any education/outreach efforts that are a part of the DEEPEND/RESTORE project.