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Heather Harwell

Heather Harwell

Assistant Professor

Forbes Hall 1006
(757) 594-7122


  • Ph D in Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • MS in Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • BS in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Marine Biology
Invertebrate Zoology
Evolution and Ecology


Marine biodiversity conservation
Estuarine and coastal marine community ecology
Benthic habitat restoration


Dr. Harwell's primary research interests lie at the intersection of marine biodiversity conservation and estuarine and coastal marine community ecology. Locally, her research group investigates the effects of anthropogenic alterations of the physical environment on benthic community structure. Additional applied conservation work focuses on extinction risk theory and the identification of key marine conservation priorities across regional, national, and international scales.

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