5-Minute Genius: Heather Hamlin – Talking hormones and healthy water | Maine Science Festival 2017

Heather Hamlin, University of Maine. “Talking hormones and healthy water: What can fish hormones tell us about the health of our aquatic environment?”

Heather Hamlin is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, at the University of Maine. Heather earned her BS in Biology, and an MS in Marine Bio-resources from the University of Maine before working as a Senior Biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Florida. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007, and then worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the same institution studying the effects of environmental pollutants on the endocrine system of aquatic animals.

In 2010, Heather joined the Medical University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor examining how contaminants can alter maternal-fetal health. Eager to get back to Maine, she returned in 2011 to the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences. Heather’s current research seeks to understand how human-induced changes in the environment, whether it be climate change, ocean acidification or pollutants, can affect the reproduction and development of aquatic animals that are important to Maine’s economy. She positions her research to turn knowledge into solutions that contribute to the resilience of Maine’s ocean resources.