Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Amanda Kahn Dickens, Lecturer

Dickens Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 2008
M.S., Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 2004
B.S., Biology & Marine Science, Minor in Chemistry, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, 2002
A.S., Chemistry & Biology, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ, 2000
A.A., Dance & Theater, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ, 2000
Friday Hall 1049 | (910) 962-3472 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915
dickensa@uncw.edu

My research focus is anthropogenic activities, such as canals, dredging, freshwater releases, and beach nourishment, and their impact on coastal primary productivity. I focus on light (quality and quantity), nutrients (availability and cycling), and salinity. My goal is to address questions of interest to management so resulting data can be used to best sustain healthy ecosystems. Phytoplankton, corals, seagrass, and seaweeds are all under my umbrella of primary producers. Partners in research include the Biological Oceanography Lab, Benthic Ecology Lab, Aquatic Ecology Lab, and Coral Reef Research & Nutrient Lab.

I am a faculty fellow with the UNCW Applied Learning Teaching Community and provide advisory support for instructors of applied learning projects campus -wide. I have received funding for multiple pedagogy research projects including online applied learning and applied learning in large lectures. Recently, I presented at the Applied Learning in Higher Education Conference.

I have been involved in outreach through the NSF Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Research Education Exchange Forum. I participated in their Southeast workshops and paired with an educator at the Ft. Fisher Aquarium to design and implement educational games and activities with a specific focus on better understanding our coastal ecosystems.

Organizations I am involved with include the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS), Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), and Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association (MAMEA).