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Melissa Meadows

  • Melissa Meadows

    Position: Assistant Professor of Biology

    Department: Biology, Women's Studies

    Office: Science Center 103

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    About Dr. Melissa Meadows


    B.S., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Ph.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.