Heidi M. Dierssen
Heidi M. Dierssen
Professor of Marine Sciences/Geography, UConn
Elected to the Academy in 2020


Stanford University, 1989, BS, Biology and 1989, MS, Biology; University of California Santa Barbara, 2000, PhD, Geography

Professional Area

Remote sensing of ocean properties, especially as related to phytoplankton abundance and productivity, air/sea gas exchange, plastic pollution, seagrasses, and coral reefs.


For internationally-recognized contributions in the field of optical oceanography, including pioneering development of hyperspectral sensors, methods, and algorithms for remote sensing of coastal ecosystems including seagrass, coral, and algal blooms. Numerous awards from NASA and Office of Naval Research; Fulbright scholar, journal articles in Nature and PNAS.