MEB Faculty


Karla Heidelberg

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies
Director of USC Environmental Studies Program

Contact Information
E-mail: Kheidelb@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0951
Office: AHF 107

LINKS
Personal web page and publications
USC Program in Environmental Studies
Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies
 

Education

  • B.A. (Honors) Individualized Major, Maryville College, TN, 1988
  • Ph.D. Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science (Conc: Biological Oceanography), University of Maryland, College Park, 1999


  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Department of Biology Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, 06/1999-08/2001  

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Global Program Coordinator, J. Craig Venter Institute, 2003-2006  
    • Marine Science Policy Advisor , U.S. Department of State, Office of Oceans Affairs (AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow), 2001-2003  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    I pair contemporary genomic technologies with more traditional lab and field approaches to study marine organisms. One research focus is to evaluate the diversity and ecology of environmental microbes. I also study the symbiotic interactions of microbes with other organisms, such as sponges and corals.

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, (2001-2004) Adjunct Research Scientist
    • Hood College, Frederick, MD, (2002-2003) Adjunct Teaching Faculty
    • J. Craig Venter Institute, (2006-2010) Adjunct Research Scientist, http://www.jcvi.org/
    • Wrigley Institute of Marine Studies, (2006- present) Resident Faculty, http://wrigley.usc.edu/

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2012-2013   
    • USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, (Nomination) USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2010-2011   
    • Superior Honor Award, US Department of State, 2004  
    • Meritorious Honor Award, US Department of State, 2003  
    • Maryville College Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, 2001  

    Service to the Profession


    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board, Microbiome, 01/2012-  
    • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology, 06/2010-  




  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371