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Dr. Ryann Rossi

Ryann Rossi, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

Ryann is a postdoctoral associate focused on wetland plant ecology in the Roberts Lab and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Her research interests are centered around understanding the effects of multiple stressors on coastal ecosystems. She came to LUMCON after completing a PhD at North Carolina State University, where she studied the role of multiple stressors in a mangrove die-off in The Bahamas. Prior to attending North Carolina State University, Ryann earned a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2012.

Amy Heemsoth

Amy Heemsoth, M.Sci.

Director of Education
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Amy Heemsoth is the Director of Education for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. She develops and implements innovative education projects and programs for K-12 students, teachers, and non-formal educators. Additionally, she enhances the Foundation’s community engagement through education and outreach.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at Spring Hill College, a liberal arts school, in Mobile, Alabama. Later, she attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida obtaining a Master’s degree in Marine Biology. She conducted her research thesis on the diet composition of swordfish in the Florida Straits.

Amy has over 13 years of teaching experience. She has worked in both non-formal education including instructor positions at MarineLab and Seacamp, and in formal education including positions as a high school math and science teacher and a community college adjunct professor. Most recently, she worked as a Florida Keys Education and Outreach Coordinator for Florida International University. Additionally, Amy has experience educating the general public while working on snorkel/dive vessels that toured the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.