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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
81714BSC 6910015Directed Research
1-19



TBA TBA

85407BSC 6932014Advance in Benthic Ecology
Non Bio Majors CI http://biology.usf.edu/ib/consent.aspx
1R

2:00pm-3:15pm

SCA 333

91990BSC 6932069Restoration Ecology
Non Bio Majors CI http://biology.usf.edu/ib/consent.aspx
3W

4:00pm-7:00pm

SCA 202

86860BSC 6935002Graduate Seminar in Biology
1M

4:00pm-4:55pm

SCA 202

82617BSC 6971002Thesis: Master's
2-19



TBA TBA

81806BSC 7910007Directed Research
1-19



TBA TBA

86922BSC 7980032Dissertation: Doctoral
2-19



TBA TBA

Recent Journal Articles

Susan Bell