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Selina Heppell

Department Head
selina.heppell [at]

Office: 541-737-9039

I devote most of my research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and west coast rockfish (scientifically know as Sebastes, which means "magnificent:).   These marine animals share three traits: long lifespans, late age at maturity, and threats from overharvest.  I primarily use computer models and simulations to help us understand how these animals respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy towards their recovery.  I am particularly interested in how these animals will respond to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines.  I do some of my research with my husband, Scott, who is also a professor and fish biologist, and with our son, Dylan.  We teach a conservation biology course in Eastern Europe and study sex-changing fishes in the Caribbean. Students in our lab study a diverse array of organisms, with a common theme of connecting different levels of “biological organization” – from cells to ecosystems – in scientifically rigorous studies that promote conservation and sustainable use.

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Affiliated with: 
Fisheries and Wildlife
Courses Taught: 

FW 320 Intro Pop Dyn
FW 520* Ecology and Mgmt of Marine Fishes
FW 524* Stock Assess Fish Mgrs
FW 599 Teaching Practicum
FW 506 Projects (Fisheries Management Certificate)

Beyond OSU


Provides leadership and administrative oversight of department academic, research and extension/outreach programs; mentors faculty members; advises graduate students; teaches undergraduate and graduate classes.

Specializes in Marine Fisheries Ecology

Professional Accomplishments


BSc - 1991 - Zoology, University of Washington
MSc - 1993 - Zoology, North Carolina State University
Ph.d. - 1998 - Zoology, Duke University

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Episode Info // Teaching the Next Generation of Conservationists