Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Hunsucker, Kelli

Assistant Professor of Oceanography, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

Educational Background

PhD, Biological Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology

MS, Chemical Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology

BS, Oceanography, with a Marine Chemistry focus, Stockton University

 

Current Courses

Introduction to Oceanography

Biological Oceanography

Marine and Estuarine Phytoplankton

 

Additional Duties

President, Florida Academy of Sciences

Editor, Marine Technology Society Journal

Director, Marine Science & Coastal Engineering Camp

Director, Indian River Lagoon Teacher's Workshop

Outreach Coordinater, Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI)

Steering Committee Member, Indian River Lagoon Symposium

ASTM Sub-Commitee Chair, D01.45 - Marine Coatings

 

Current Research

Dr. Hunsucker's research focuses on biofouling organisms and their settlement on anthropogenic structures. She is currently funded by the Office of Naval Research to study different ship hull coatings and the ability of these coatings in preventing the accumulation of biofouling. In collaboration with US Navy Labs and global industry patners, she works to test the efficacy of other biofouling prevention systems, such as aeration and ultraviolet light.  Dr. Hunsucker is part of a team which is studying the impact of grooming, or the frequent gentle wiping of a ship hull, to prevent fouling. This is done by way of a remotely operated vechicle (ROV) which pushes a grooming tool over the ship hull. Long-term grooming has proven effective at stopping the establishment of macrofouling organisms on numerous types of ship hull coatings.  Dr. Hunsucker is speficially interested in studying the interaction between the grooming tools and biofouling organisms, both at the microbial and maco-levels. In addition, Dr. Hunsucker studies how biofilm (microbial fouling) community structure is altered due to  different hydrodynamic conditions. 

Dr. Hunsucker is also interested in ecological engineering, or using ecology and engineering to improve local ecosystems. She works to promote the growth of benthic organisms (think oysters, sea squirts, sponges), as a mode of water filtration.  Adult oysters can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, with sea squirts filtering roughly 24 gallons per day. She helps to create Living Docks, which through citizen science involvement, delpoys oyster mats on docks with the goal of restoring the water quality.  Dr. Hunsucker is also investigating alternatives to plastic in local oyster restoration efforts. 

Dr. Hunsucker is heavily involved in community based marine education and outreach, with an emphasis on the local Indian River Lagoon. She is part of a team of faculty and students that visit local schools with the Lagoon Science Bus, implementing lessons on marine engineering and science. More informaiton about the Science Bus can be found on the Facebook page. Dr. Hunsucker's view of the Indian River Lagoon, sustainability, and ways to help were recently featured in the  Space Coast Business Magazine

Check out this recent article on Dr. Hunsucker's work for the US Navy and in the Indian River Lagoon. 

Selected Publications

Weaver RJ, Hunsucker KZ, et al. 2018. The Living Dock: A Study of Benthic Recruitment to Oyster Substrates Affixed to a Dock in the Indian River Lagoon. Marine Technology Society 52(4): 7-18

Hunsucker KZ, Vora GJ, Hunsucker JT, Gardner H, Leary DH, Kim S, Lin B, Swain G. 2018. Biofilm community structure and associated drag penalties of a groomed fouling release ship hull coating. Biofouling 34(2):162-172

 Dickenson NC, Krumholz JS, Hunsucker KZ, and Radicone M. 2017. Iodine-infused aeration for hull fouling prevention: a vessel-scale study. 33(0): 955-969

 Sweat LH, Swain GW, Hunsucker KZ, Johnson KB. 2017. Transported biofilms and their influence on subsequent macrofouling colonization. Biofouling 33(5): 433-449

Hunsucker KZ, Hunsucker JT, Gardner H, Swain G. 2017. Static and dynamic comparisons for the evaluation of ship hull coatings. Marine Technical Society Journal 51(2): 71-75

Hunsucker JT, Hunsucker KZ, Gardner H, Swain G. 2016. Influence of hydrodynamic stress on the frictonal drag of biofouling communities. Biofouling 32(10): 1209-1221

Hearin J, Hunsucker KZ, Swain G, Gardner H Stephens S, Lieberman K. 2016. Analysis of mechanical grooming at various frequencies on a large scale test panel coated with a fouling release coating. Biofouling 32(5): 561-569.

Hearin J, Hunsucker KZ, Swain G, Stephens S, Gardner H, Lieberman K, Harper M. 2015. Analysis of long term mechanical grooming on large scale test panels coated with an antifouling and a fouling release coating. Biofouling 31(8): 625- 638

Hunsucker KZ, Swain GW. 2015. In situ measurements of diatom adhesion to silicone ship hull coatings. Journal of Applied Phycology 28(1): 269 - 277

Hunsucker KZ, Koka A, Lund G, Swain G. 2014. Diatom community structure on in-service ship hulls. Biofouling 30(9): 1133- 1140

Zargiel KA, Swain GW. 2014. Static vs dynamic settlement and adhesion of diatoms to ship hull coatings. Biofouling 30(1): 15-129

Zargiel KA, Coogan JS, Swain GW. 2011. Diatom community structure on commercially available ship hull coatings. Biofouling 27(9): 955 -965