Cynthia Heil, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Biological Oceanographer
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 304
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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B.A. Purdue University

M.S. University of South Florida

Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, 1996

Postdoc U of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

Research Interests

Cynthia Heil joined Bigelow as a Senior Research Scientist in November 2010. She received a BS from Purdue University, an MS degree from the University of South Florida studying Florida red tide and a PhD from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 1996 for research on the nutrition of different types of harmful microalgae. After a post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Queensland (in Brisbane, Australia) where she worked on the development of new methods of using marine plants to assess water quality (and studied Australian red tides on the side), she returned to Florida to oversee a 5 year multi-investigator grant on Florida red tide at the University of South Florida (USF)’s College of Marine Science from 1998 to 2003. She joined the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the research arm of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, in November 2003 where she oversaw a staff of 25 scientists responsible for conducting research on and monitoring red tides in Florida. Her research now focuses on harmful algae, nutrients and water quality, with projects ranging from the effects of nutrients on toxin production to the impacts of Everglades restoration on coastal algal blooms.

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