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Fernanda F. M. Mazzillo, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
MAS, University of California, San Diego
B.S., Universidade Santa Ursula

Research Interests
Oceanography, aquatic toxicology, marine conservation, pollution and water quality, natural history of coastal ecosystems, project management and sustainability

Dr. Fernanda Mazzillo joined NHU as a part-time biology instructor in 2013. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz researching a new mechanism of pathogen transmission in the ocean, as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation. As a UCSC Chancellor's Fellow she concluded her doctoral studies in the exposure of humans to toxins in the ocean, marine fauna mass beach-strandings, and biological control of red tides in Monterey Bay. Recently, Dr. Mazzillo was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be part of an International Oceanographic Commission class on taxonomy of microalgae, where she learned natural history facts about thousands of different microalgae species in our oceans. She has three years of teaching experience in biology, marine conservation, and oceanography at University Santa Ursula in Rio de Janeiro, UCSC, and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Her goal as a bilingual teacher is to educate students about the wonders of the natural world using the newest technology and knowledge.


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