B.S., The University of North Carolina at WilmingtonPh.D., Arizona State University
Dr. Melissa Meadows is the
new coordinator of the Marine Biology and Aquarium and Zoo Science programs. She
received her BS in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington. After a stint as at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in
Panama, she earned her PhD researching hummingbird coloration at Arizona State
University. She was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, an Innovation Teaching
Assistant, and she received a grant to organize a multidisciplinary Iridescence
conference during her PhD. She was a postdoctoral scientist at the University
of Tübingen, Germany, studying fluorescent coloration in fish and teaching
Visual Ecology and field Red Sea Ecology.
Dr. Meadows has taken courses
and conducted research around the world including Panama, Germany, Corsica, the
Italian island Elba, the Red Sea in Egypt, Ecuador, Galapagos, and New Zealand.
Her first international trip was to the Galapagos Islands as an undergraduate.
Her dream to bring students on trips abroad as a professor was realized with
the SFU Coral Reef Ecology course in Saint Lucia. She is currently pursuing a
SCUBA Dive Master certification and is on her way to becoming a SCUBA
Instructor. Research with students includes local hummingbirds, coral-algae
competition, improving the large aquarium in the science center, and building a
coral propagation system.
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