Kathleen Sullivan Sealey


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My research over four decades has been governed by the laws of thermodynamics –specifically the balance and transformations of matter and energy.  My experiences have grown into three current major research areas for the past decade: a) Coastal Restoration Ecology, b) Coastal ecosystem services and c) Small Island development and sustainable finances. The University of Miami provides a distinct geography to connect institutions, individuals, and ideas across the Americas and throughout the world; my research aims to link local research in South Florida to hemispheric challenges in coastal system management. My research also seeks to build collaborative, problem-based inquiry addressing complex challenges facing society while maintaining ecological functionality.


1982Ph.D. Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California-San Diego
1978B.S. Biology, University of Notre Dame

Professional Experience

2020 - Professor, University of Miami
2007 - 2009Director, Marine and Environmental Studies Center,, College of The Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas
2005 - 2007Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences, College of The Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas
1995 - Associate Professor, University of Miami
1991 - 1998Marine Ecology, Director, Florida and Caribbean Marine Conservation Science Center (partnership with The Nature Conservancy and University of Miami)
1984 - Assistant Professor, University of Miami

Honors & Acknowledgements


ULINK PHASE I Funding through August 2019: Next generation of coastal structures: Incorporating ecology, engineering, economics, community, and aesthetics for a changing ocean. January – August 2019. $40,000 for team.

Florida Keys Water Quality, benthic diversity and residential canal remediation. Monroe County, Florida. 2018.  PI: Sullivan Sealey ($860,633).

What has happened to our Coasts?  Hurricane Matthew Impacts on The Bahamas. Waitt Foundation, Ocean Conservation Rapid Response Grant (2016) PI: Sullivan Sealey ($14,980).

Exploration of Coastal La Guajira peninsula: Colombia’s unique upwelling and seagrass environments for juvenile green sea turtles. National Geographic Society Exploratory Grants. 2016. Co-PIs: Vasquez and Sullivan Sealey. ($15,000)

Surviving Miami: Dynamics of Floods and Finance in relocate or rebuild scenarios.  University of Miami Pilot Project College Arts and Science. 2014. PI: Sullivan Sealey ($6000).
Organizing Committee Member - NOAA NMFS Office of Habitat Backreef Initiative 1999 to date
"Principal Investigator of the Year" for 2003, Earthwatch Institute, Maynard, Mass - November 2003.
Selected to National Park Management Planning Team, Bahamas National Trust - July 2003
Elected to Council of International Society for Reef Studies - October 2000
Nominated for the Pew Scholars Program in Conservation and the Environment - 1994.
Florida Keys Regional Marine Laboratory State Advisory Board. Selected member of 5-person state board 1990 - 1992.
National Admissions Advisory Board, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556. Selected 1988 to 2002
Board of Trustees, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. Elected three-year term 1984-1987.
Astronaut Candidate Interviewee. 1987, 1984. NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
Best student paper in Ichthyology. Southern California Academy of Science Meetings. 1982.
F. Earl Durham, Jr. Award. Best student paper presented at the Southern California Academy of Science Meetings. 1981

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Conservation and Restoration Biology | Tropical Biology


Lennon, E and K. Sullivan Sealey Caribbean Journal of Science Elasmobranch (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) Habitat Use in an Insular Tropical Lagoon in Exuma, The Bahamas20-2951(1) (2021). [Link]

E Grami, N Salhi, K. Sullivan Sealey, A Hafiane, HI Ouzari, N Saidi International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Siphoviridae bacteriophage treatment to reduce abundance and antibiotic resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in wastewater1-10 (2021). [Link]

Sullivan Sealey, K., E. Andiroglu, J. Lmere, J. Sobczak and P. Suraneni Journal of Coastal Research Multifunctional Performance of Coastal structures Baed on South Florida Coastal Environs656-66937 (3) (DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-20-00068.1. 2021).

Khouja, I., K. Sullivan Sealey, F. M’hiri, H.-I. Ouzari and N. Saidi International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Spatial–temporal variation of treatment performance and bacterial community diversity in a hybrid constructed wetland (DOI 10.1007/s13762-020-02648-6. 2020).

Vásquez-Carrillo, C., Noriega-Hoyos, C. L., Hernandez-Rivera, L., Jáuregui-Romero, G. A., & Sullivan Sealey, K. Frontiers in Marine Science Genetic Diversity and Demographic Connectivity of Atlantic Green Sea Turtles at Foraging Grounds in Northeastern Colombia, Caribbean Sea7(96) (doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00096. 2020).

Sullivan Sealey, K. E. Lennon and J. Patus. Special Issue: Hurricanes of 2017. Estuaries and Coasts. A Hurricane Rapid Ecological Assessment (H-REA) Method for Small Island Developing States in 2017 and Beyond (DOI: 10.1007/s12237-019-00646-7. 2019).