CMS Ocean Technology Group

Heather Broadbent

Heather Broadbent

Research Scientist, Biological Oceanographer, College of Marine Science
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2012
Office Phone: 727-553-1287
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CMS Ocean Technology Group






Research: Sensor Development, Biologging Technology, Underwater Video Technology, Habitat Mapping, Sea Turtle Characterization, Autonomous Systems (AUVs), Water Column Analysis

Over the last 20 years, I have participated in research that miniaturizes classical oceanographic laboratory instruments into in-situ microsystems that measure physical water mass structure. One instrument developed is a CTD Biotag, which is a small animal-attached device that measures conductivity, temperature, depth, acceleration, light, compass direction, wet/dry and GPS location. It was designed to capture direct qualitative information on the physical microstructure of the foraging environment and microhabitat of small to mid-sized marine predators.

Currently my research is focused on using an underwater video system (C-BASS) to investigate the spatiotemporal distribution and marine habitat use of endangered/ threatened sea turtle species in the Gulf of Mexico.

Additionally, I work with the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUVs) group researching water column analysis, climate change, harmful algal blooms and marine animal tracking.