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About LaTina Steele

LaTina Steele, Ph.D., is an Instructor of Biology at Sacred Heart University.
Dr. Steele’s research interests include marine community ecology, aquatic/marine plant chemical ecology, invasive plant ecology, and the effects of pollutants on coastal ecosystems. Her specific research areas include:
The role of chemical interactions in determining invasion success of non-native aquatic plants.
Using native herbivores to mitigate invasive aquatic plants.
Using stable isotopes to examine habitat connectivity.
Effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on seagrass physiology and coastal fish communities.
Effects of habitat and predator diversity on salt marsh community structure.
The role of phenolic compounds as inducible chemical defenses against herbivory and pathogenic infection in seagrasses.
Degrees: Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2010); B.S. in Biology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2004).


Present Instructor Biology, Sacred Heart University

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Honors and Awards

  • USGS/Conn. Institute of Water Resources 104B Grant. Co-PI with Dr. Michele Guidone (2013) Mitigating Eurasian watermilfoil invasion success and ecosystem impact using native herbivores $18,265
  • Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies (ACES) Graduate Fellowship (2008-2009)
  • University of South Alabama Doctoral Fellowship (2004-2007)
  • Rawls Award from University of South Alabama (2004)


  • BI CC103 Human Community and Science Discovery
  • BI 203 Organisms to Populations Laboratory
  • BI 204 Populations to Ecosystems Laboratory
  • BI 299 Chemical Ecology
  • BI 399 Senior Seminar
  • ESM 501 Principles of Environmental Systems Analysis & Management I
  • ESM 507 Environmental Toxicology
  • ESM 599 Environmental Statistics

Contact Information

Biology Department
Academic Bldg SC 205F
College of Arts and Sciences


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