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Heidi Hertler

Heidi Hertler, Ph.D., SFS Alum

Location

Turks and Caicos Islands

Education

Ph.D. in Environmental Science
Drexel University (USA)

M.S. in Oceanography
Florida State University (USA)

B.S. in Biology
Bates College (USA)

SFS Alum
U.S. Virgin Islands Fall '87

Teaching

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

Research Methods in Applied Environmental Science
(Inter American University of Puerto Rico)

Masters Thesis
(Inter American University of Puerto Rico)

Research Methods
(Inter American University of Puerto Rico)

Sub Tropical Biology
(Inter American University of Puerto Rico)

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Heidi Hertler, Ph.D., SFS Alum

Center Director

About

Professional Activities


1995 - present
Member Sigma-Xi
1992 - present
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
1995 - present
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
1990 - present
National Association of Underwater Instructors

Faculty Profile


Heidi joined SFS’s Turks and Caicos Island field station as Center Director in 2011. Her research interests include relationships between land use and coastal marine systems including mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs and the integration of science and research into environmental strategies and policies for the conservation of biodiversity and coastal resources. She uses water chemistry, plant biology and invertebrate physiology to answer basic and applied questions. Through community outreach, she is able to increase the local understanding of our impacts on the near shore environments; collect data that can be utilized by community member, presented at local and national conferences and in peer review publications; and encourage environmental stewardship of the marine environment through awareness of the impact we have on these systems.

As a teacher and alumni of SFS, Heidi believes it is her role to provide the basic tools and motivation for learning. This includes creating a stimulating environment where students can participate in the learning event. She incorporates field and laboratory experiences (including snorkeling, SCUBA, and underwater photography and videography), oral presentations, and hands-on activities (i.e. service learning) as part of her courses. She strives to create an atmosphere where participants are challenged to achieve their full potential, and in doing so, she too is challenged.

Research Projects


The research conducted at SFS field stations is designed to answer key questions related to critical and related social and environmental problems and to provide our hosts with detailed and accurate information for decision making and action. Faculty and student research projects are linked to the Center’s Five-Year Research Plan, which defines an overarching research directive.

Tourism is an important source of income for many small island nations; however, increased tourism and the creation of the infrastructure that supports this industry often have harmful effects on the environment.  Climate change may compound the effects.  Long term monitoring of reef diversity and health, increases the understanding of our local ecosystems on which we are dependent.
The waters of the TCI support regionally significant foraging aggregations of green and hawksbill turtles, and, to a lesser extent, loggerhead turtles.  As part of this project, beaches used for nesting are profiled to monitor change in beach area and erosion and accretion patterns over time and with respect to climate change.

 

Academics

Publications

S. Baker, J. Paddock, A. Smith, R.K.F. Unsworth, H. Hertler, L. C. Cullen-Unsworth. Under Review. Ecosystem Services.
G.I. Ramírez-Toro, J. Flanigan, H. Hertler, H. Minnigh. 2013. San Juan: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. pp 99.
Ilves, K., A. Quattrini, M.W. Westneat, R.I. Eyton, G. Chaplin, H. Hertler, J. Lundberg. 2013. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 162: 61-87.
H. Hertler, G.I. Ramírez-Toro. 2012. In: Spatial Planning: Strategies, Developments and Management. Eds. E. Ciccotelli, B. Caló. Nove Science Publishers. pp 57-83.
K.E. Ballester, G.I. Ramírez-Toro, H. Hertler, L.A. Jaykus, J.F. Levine. 2012. American Society of Microbiologist. San Fancisco, CA.
Ilves, K., L. Kellogg, A. Quattrini, G. Chaplin, H. Hertler, J. Lundberg. 2011. Bulletin of Marine Science. 87(3): 567-588
H. Hertler, G.I. Ramírez-Toro, D. Kreeger. 2009. National Shellfish Association, Savannah, GA.
H. Hertler, A.R. Boettner, G.I. Ramírez-Toro, H. Minnigh, J. Spotila, D.A. Kreeger. 2009. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58: 672-678.
W. Jaap, J.M. Dupont, L. Kellogg, G. Chaplin, H. Hertler. 2008. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 18:752-756.
H. Hertler, G.I. Ramírez-Toro, H. Minnigh. 2006. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, BC.
H. Hertler, J. Spotila, D.A. Kreeger. 2003. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 98 (1-3) pp 319 – 407.

Presentations

H. Hertler, D.A. Kreeger, G.I. Ramírez-Toro. 2003. 17th Biennial International Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Seattle, WA.
H. Hertler, D.A. Kreeger. 2001. 16th Biennial International Estuarine Research Federation Conference, St. Petersburg, FL