Heidi N.  Geisz

Ph.D Student

Email: [[heidig]]
Phone: (804) 684-7474
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall, N313
Department of Interest: Biological Sciences
Major Advisors: Rebecca Dickhut, Physical Sciences / Hugh Ducklow, Biological Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Link to CV

Education
University of Colorado, Boulder 
BA, Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology
Magna Cum Laude – The Affects of Papermill Waste on Deciduous and Alder Forest Soil Invertebrates.  
BA, Psychology
University of Lancaster, UK
Research Statement

I am broadly interested in examining food web dynamics by investigating the foraging ecology of higher predators.   Currently, my dissertation focuses on the transport and fate of organic contaminants in Antarctica, their incorporation into the Antarctic food web, particularly higher predators, and their use as tracers in seabirds breeding on the Antarctic peninsula.

Research Experience

July 2004 - Present
The transport and fate of organic contaminants in Antarctica, particularly higher predators Ph.D. Dissertation Research, VIMS

Oct 2000 - Jan.2005
Examined the ecological response of Antarctic seabirds to global climate changes in an ice dominated environment with Dr. William Fraser, Polar Oceans Research Group

May - Aug 2003
Examined Steller Sea Lion ecology and behavior to gain a better understanding of the role that these species play in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska ecosystems with Dr. Thomas Laughlin, National Marine Fisheries Service

Oct 1995 - June 1996
With the tutelage of Dr. Trevor Piearce, I designed and conducted an experiment in Northern England deciduous and alder forests investigating the effects of papermill waste on soil invertebrates, primarily earthworms.

Teaching Experience

College of William and Mary, Marine Science Teaching Fellow (Spring 2009)
Designed and taught an undergraduate 1 credit course to be cross listed for credit in Geology and Environmental Sciences and Policy; Antarctica: Climate Change in the Frozen Land.

Christopher Newport University, Adjunct Graduate Student Faculty (Fall 2008)
Taught a 3 credit Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology course for the Department of Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Science.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Teaching Assistant (VIMS) (Summer 2008)
Invited speaker for the Virginia Governor’s School Program (September 2007)

K-12 Continuing Education,(2002-Present)
Designed and conducted a class pertaining to Antarctic science for K-12 children or continuing education adults demonstrating one interpretation of the scientific method. Lecture/class has been adapted and given over 20 times in the last 6 years.

University of Colorado, General Biology, Teaching Assistant (Fall 1997)

Field Experience
  • Jan-Feb 2001-2004 ,2008: Antarctic Peninsula ecology cruise (R/V Laurence M. Gould) for Palmer LTER project

  • July 2007: Mid-Atlantic scallop dredge survey (Vessel) for NOAA Fisheries Service

  • Jan-Feb 2006: Tang/Smith Ross Sea Phaeocystis ecology investigation (McMurdo Station, Antarctica)

  • Oct-April 2001-2004, Jan 2005: Palmer LTER seabird ecology study (Palmer Station, Antarctica) for Palmer LTER

  • May-Aug 2003: Steller sea lion ecology investigation (Ugamak Island, Alaska) for NOAA/NMML

  • July-Sept 2002: Antarctic Peninsula ecosystems cruise (R/V Laurence M. Gould) for Antarctic GLOBEC 

  • Aug-Oct 2001: Antarctic Peninsula Ice Cruise (R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer) for Palmer LTER

Awards

2009-10 NSF GK-12 PERFECT Fellowship

2006 - present: Virginia Institute of Marine Science Fellowship Recipient

2007: Virginia Institute of Marine Science Auction Proceed Recipient

2004 - 2005: EPA STAR Fellowship Recipient

2005: Virginia Institute of Marine Science Mini-Grant Recipient

1997: Magna Cum Laude, CU Boulder

Membership in Professional Societies

American Ornithologists’ Union, member since 2004
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, member since 2004

Publications

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Fraser, WR; Ducklow, HW. Melting Glaciers: A Probable Source of DDT to the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem. Environmental Science & Technology. 42(11) 3958-3962.

Shearn-Bochsler, V; Green, DE; Converse, KA; Docherty, DE; Thiel, T; Geisz, HN; Fraser, W & Patterson-Fraser, DL (2008) Cutaneous and diphtheritic avian poxvirus infection in a nestling Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) from Antarctica Polar Biology 31(5) 569-573.

Presentations

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Fraser, WR. Tracing Persistent Organic Pollutants into Antarctic Seabird Eggs. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North American Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. Nov. 17-21, 2008.

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Ducklow, HW; Fraser, WR. Influence of Diet and Migration on POP Concentrations in Antarctic Seabirds. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North American Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. Nov. 11-15, 2007.

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Ducklow, HW; Fraser, WR. Current Levels and Long-Term Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Adélie Penguins. 6th International Penguin Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Sept. 3-7, 2007.

Geisz, HNCurrent and Long-Term Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Seabird Breeding in Antarctica. Marine Biological Laboratories Ecosystem Center Seminar Series, Woods Hole, MA. May 15, 2007.

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Ducklow, HW; Fraser, WR.  Current Levels and Long-Term Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Seabirds Breeding in Antarctica. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North American Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Nov. 5-9, 2006.

Geisz, HN; Fraser, WR; Patterson-Fraser, DL.  Avian infection in Palmer Station Southern Giant Petrels. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Group of Experts on Birds Meeting/Workshop, Texel, Netherlands,  July 15-22, 2004.

Geisz, HN; Fraser, WR; Flying Underwater:  The Adelie Penguin and Global Climate Change.  College of William and Mary Biological Sciences Invited Speaker Series, Williamsburg, VA. Dec. 7, 2004.

Geisz, HN; Fraser, WR; Patterson-Fraser, DL..  Palmer Station, Antarctica: Whence They Came.  USGS  National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI. May 3, 2004.

Geisz, HN; Dickhut, RM; Cochran, MA; Ducklow, HW; Fraser, WR.  Long-Term Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Three Antarctic Seabird Species. LTER All Sciences Meeting, Sept. 20-23, 2006.