Florida Academy of Sciences
Dr. Kelli Hunsucker is an assistant professor of oceanography at the Florida Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on biofouling organisms (i.e algae, barnacles, oysters, mussels) and their settlement on anthropogenic structures. She is currently funded by the Office of Naval Research to study marine paints, altered substrates, and novel biofouling prevention systems (i.e. ultraviolet light, aeration, inflation) to determine the efficacy of these systems in preventing the accumulation of biofouling. She is part of a team that is researching and developing remotely operated vehicles and tools, which will groom or provide a frequent gentle wiping of a ship hull to prevent biofouling. Dr. Hunsucker investigates how grooming interacts with the ecology of the organisms in order to deter their settlement. She has authored over 250 technical reports and numerous publications on biofouling ecology and prevention. Dr. Hunsucker’s other projects involve eco-engineering solutions for improved water quality in Florida estuarine waters. In addition to teaching and research, she is heavily involved in community based outreach projects and marine science summer programs for children. Dr. Hunsucker is the President of the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS) for the 2017-2019 term. Her other professional duties include, serving as the editor of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Journal and the sub-committee chair for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) section on Marine Coatings.