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Susan S. Bell

Susan S. Bell

Susan S. Bell
Distinguished Professor (Tampa)


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


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


Three courses I have been teaching recently are Restoration Ecology, Advanced Marine Biology, and Seminar in Marine Biology.

In all these classes I emphasize group activities and problem solving, as well as student presentations and student-led discussions.


Her principal areas of research are Marine Biology/ Ecology and Restoration Ecology and recent topics of research include restoration of seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and assessing changes in coastal landscapes. Dr. Bell has published over 125 scientific articles in refereed journals, co-edited one book, and conducted international research activities in New Zealand, Sweden, and Ghana.

She has served in a number of leadership positions including serving as Interim and Co-Chair of the Department of Biology and Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at USF, Chair of the Coastal Landscape Pattern Task Force at the Heinz Center (Washington, DC), and Member-at-Large for the Estuarine Research Federation.

Dr. Bell has also served on numerous Technical Advisory Committees at the local and national levels, including serving as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Coastal Risk. In her teaching capacity she has mentored 45 graduate students and served on the graduate committee of more than 100 additional students.

At USF Dr. Bell has received an Undergraduate Teaching Award, a Professional Excellence Award, a Presidential Excellence Award and an Outstanding Faculty Award (2013). As part of the Section on Biological Sciences, she was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the understanding of estuarine, salt marsh, and near-coastal habitats

Recent Journal Articles

Susan Bell

Recent Publications

Research Key Words: Marine ecology, Coastal ecosystems, Seagrass, Mangroves

Ecology & Evolution, Marine Biology