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Susan S. Bell

Susan S. Bell

Susan S. Bell
Professor

Contact

Office: SCA 332
Phone: 813-974-2542
Lab: SCA 324, SCA 335
Fax: 974-3263
Email: sbell@usf.edu

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Education

Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1979.

Research

Ecology
Marine Ecology, Restoration Ecology

A major focus of my research has been seagrass ecosystems with special emphasis on plant-animal interactions. I am interested in exploring ecological relationships among fish, invertebrates and plant structure. Likewise, I am interested in how animal activity influences spatial distributional patterns of seagrasses. Much of my research focuses on field studies and the seagrass beds in Tampa Bay, located in close proximity to USF, provide excellent experimental systems as well as suitable contrast to other systems within which I have worked (e.g. North Carolina, New Zealand).

My present research interests include examining landscape ecology of seagrass beds and investigating the links between seagrass change and faunal responses to such changes. An additional topic of investigation in which I have been actively involved is restoration of seagrass habitats with a special emphasis on evaluation of functional equivalency of created seagrass beds. Some of my work has addressed short-term questions about faunal invasion and productivity but I am also engaged in longer term studies of fish feeding and invertebrate assemblages in constructed seagrass beds.

Specialty Area

Marine Ecology

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
17689BSC 4313C001Advanced Marine Biology
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4T
F
11:00am-1:45pm
12:00pm-4:00pm
SCA 202
ISA 3070
15662BSC 4905003Independent Study
1

TBA TBA
18104BSC 4910002Undergraduate Research
3

TBA TBA
16024BSC 6905003Independent Study
1-19

TBA TBA
16017BSC 6910002Directed Research
1-19

TBA TBA
15457BSC 6932067Advances in Benthic Ecology
Non Bio Majors CI required http://biology.usf.edu/ib/consent.aspx
1R10:30am-11:30am

 
15745BSC 6935001Graduate Seminar in Biology
1M5:00pm-6:00pm

SCA 202
12082BSC 6971004Thesis: Master's
2-19

TBA TBA
11487BSC 7910002Directed Research
1-19

TBA TBA
11476BSC 7980001Dissertation: Doctoral
2-19

TBA TBA

Recent Journal Articles

Susan Bell