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About Ana Arellano

My main responsibility is to create transformational changes at CMS by recruiting underrepresented (URM) students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. I am part of the leadership team to the University of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM), a program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. I catalyze an inclusive environment within CMS by providing workshops for personal development and implementing new student and postdoc organizations. Outside of CMS, I attend scientific conferences to recruit URM students, postdoc, and faculty. In addition to recruitment, I am the instructor for the following courses: Introduction to Oceanography, The Geologic History of Florida, and Coral Biology and Reef Ecology. In my spare time, I continue my research investigating the biogeochemical cycling of carbon in both marine and fresh water environments. I am specifically interested in the processes that influence biomarkers and optical properties of colored dissolved organic matter.


Present Instructor and Diversity Director, University of South Florida College of Marine Science

Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - 2019 Member, Status of Latino (SoL), USF
2010 - 2019 Member, Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
2019 Member, Undergraduate Council, USF
2017 Member, Implicit Bias Conference, UF
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Honors and Awards

  • Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, GRC, 2017
  • Sloan Minority PhD Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • Endowed Bridge to Doctorate (CMS Endowed Fellowship), 2011-2013
  • Successful Latino Award, USF, 2011
  • Scholars of Excellence, USF, 2010


  • Coral Biology and Reef Ecology
  • Geologic History of Florida
  • Introduction to Oceanography


2009 - 2013 Ph.D., University of South Florida
1994 - 1998 B.S., Roanoke College

Contact Information

Phone: (727) 553-3504


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