Bracken-Grissom appointed assistant director of Coastlines and Oceans Division

Heather Bracken-Grissom

Heather Bracken-Grissom has made groundbreaking scientific contributions.

Known for her expertise in evolution, biodiversity and conservation of marine animals and plants, Bracken-Grissom was appointed assistant director of the Coastlines and Oceans Division in the Institute of Environment.

As a lead researcher in the Crustacean Genomics and Systemics Lab (CRUSTOMICS), she was among the team of researchers that captured the first-ever video of a giant squid in U.S. waters.

Now, Bracken-Grissom will support the administrative functions of the division and oversee the Marine Science Building at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

“She is a world-renown expert,” director of the Coastlines and Oceans Division, James Fourqurean said.

Bracken-Grissom will work closely with Fourqurean, who serves as the director of the Coastlines and Oceans Division, to further interdepartmental marine science education and outreach initiatives. She’ll help manage the marine science research assets and lead the development of new collaborative educational programs and research partnerships.

“I look forward to being part of a team that shapes the future of both the institute and the division, pushing FIU forward as a leader in marine-related research, education and outreach,” Bracken-Grissom said.