Bracken-Grissom, Heather

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Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom is a marine biologist and researcher with the Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus. Her areas of research include evolution, biodiversity, and conservation.

Dr. Bracken-Grissom is fundamentally interested in the evolution of marine invertebrates. More specifically, she specializes in studying decapod crustaceans, which include shrimp, lobsters, and crabs. Her interest in invertebrates blossomed early in her college career and continued through her postdoctoral studies at Brigham Young University.

The Bracken-Grissom Lab, which she established at Florida International University, uses molecular techniques to study the relationships, origins, biodiversity, ecology and evolution of these animals. Much of Dr. Bracken-Grissom’s research has been conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, western Atlantic and eastern Pacific Ocean where she has had the opportunity to help organize and participate in several major research expeditions.

When Dr. Bracken-Grissom isn’t in the lab, field, or office, she’s participating in triathlons and almost anything outdoors related.

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Photo credit: Heather Bracken-Grissom.