Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Hunsucker, Kelli

Research Assistant Professor, 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

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 (both microbial and macro fouling) and their settlement on anthropogenic structures. She is currently funded by the Office of Naval Research to study different ship hull coatings and the efficacy of these coatings in preventing the accumulation of biofouling. Dr. Hunsucker is also studies the interaction between biofilms (microbial fouling) and ship hull coatings. 

Dr. Hunsucker is also interested in using biofouling organisms, also known as benthic organisms (think oysters, sea squirts, sponges), as a mode of water filtration. Dr. Hunsucker works promote the growth of these benthic organisms to create Living Docks, which through citizen science involvement, works to restore the water quality in the Indian River Lagoon.

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

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 doi: 10.1080/08927014.2017.1417395

 Dickenson NC, Krumholz JS, Hunsucker KZ, and Radicone M. 2017. Iodine-infused aeration for hull fouling prevention: a vessel-scale study. Biofouling doi: 10.1080/08927014.2017.1393803

 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

Thomé I, Bauer S, Vater S, Zargiel K, Finlay JA, Arpa-Sancet MP, Alles M, Callow JA, Callow ME, Swain G, Grunze M, Rosenhahn A. 2014. Conditioning of self assembled monolayers at two static immersion test sites along the east coast of Florida and its effect on early fouling development. Biofouling 30(8): 1011-1021

Zargiel KA, Swain GW. 2014. Static vs dynamic settlement and adhesion of diatoms to ship hull coatings. Biofouling 30(1): 115-129

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